After watching The House I Live In, which tracks the problems caused by the War on Drugs in the US, maybe the idea of a minimum guaranteed income isn’t such a long shot.
According to the Washington Post, US taxpayers spend around $30,000 per year for federal inmates. That includes a lot of folks being incarcerated for non-violent drug crime. According to the film above, perhaps one of the biggest causes for these offences is the lack of employment or other economic opportunity. So: in a world where a lot fewer people may have economic opportunity due to the hollowing-out effect of technological displacement, maybe guaranteeing minimum income of around $30,000 for folks not breaking the law isn’t such a stretch??