Close schools. National lockdown. Universal Basic Income until the virus is in retreat. Massive subsidies and stakes to keep business afloat. National mobilisation to stop NHS being overwhelmed – sounds radical now. Won’t by mid-Jan.
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) January 1, 2021
Mason hatte schon im vergangenen Sommer in einem Beitrag für den New Statesman in diese Richtung argumentiert:
„As I argued in Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future, UBI is not the panacea that its most ardent activists believe it is. It should be conceived not as an anti-crisis measure, nor as a substitute benefit system, but as a one-time and temporary measure to promote the rapid automation of society, and the reduction of necessary work time.“