A Universal Basic Income is a no-strings-attached income for all, given as a regular payment to ensure a minimum income in society.
“If everybody has $100,000 a year…it changes what we value,” West said. Some back-of-the-napkin maths reveals he hopes to provide for 10 million people.
Along with his grand economic vision, West used his appearance on the show to share the fact Donald Trump apparently addresses him as “Ye”.
West revealed a 2018 conversation he had with Trump where the former president said: “Ye, my friend, my Black approval rating went up 40 per cent when you came to the White House.”
On the show, where the hosts and participants drink while shooting the breeze, West also branded himself “the king of culture.”
Universal Basic Income has been trialled before. In 2017, Finland gave 2,000 residents £490 a month for two years. West’s mooted scheme would dwarf the parsimonious Finns, with – and this is really trusting his numbers – an annual sum over 12 times greater.
People who participated in the Finnish trial said the money helped them have less mental strain, depression, and loneliness, and boosted their concentration. Imagine what 100 bags would do for you.
West’s idea of selling shares in himself is also not without precedent. A ‘human capital contract’, first proposed by economist Milton Friedman, is the idea that individuals can sell stocks in themselves to investors, to later repay dividends as they earn more and more.
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