food should be free. water should be free. housing should be free. power, fuel, electricity should be free. basic necessities should be free.
the idea of “people should have to work for a living” carries the implication that some people deserve to die
Everyone should have a portion of their income relegated to a basic needs fund that would make all of those things free. SO the people who create those things will get paid, and everyone can have access to the actual products without restriction.
A better idea: for that portion to be added to their already income.
nope my idea was already good.
a percentage portion of their income- meaning it varies from person to person ( Ie: sally-ann who works at McDonalds and Jessica the neurosurgeon both pay 30% of both their salaries, but sally pays $7,000 and Jessica pays $40,000 and joe shmoe millionaire pays $900,000) that compiles to a large source that does not fund each person’s set individual food/basic needs budget (your idea), but rather pays the incomes of the people who create the basic needs objects such as houses and food. Which means, their livelihood won’t be affected by the making of basic needs “free” and individuals are free to choose- based upon need, what kind of basics they want.
What you described is basically if everyone got some sort of foodstamp/house voucher, or had a bunch of money thrown at them that they could use for anything they want.
What I’m describing is removing the things that people need to stay alive and healthy from the binds of capitalism completely.
So, Joe shmoe the millionare isn’t “paying for sally-ann’s lobster dinners”. He’s paying into a budget that funds the lobster farmers so that we (including joe himself) can all have lobster as a food option, full stop. Its making a direct route from the pockets of wealth to the improvement of survival infrastructure.
The only thing I can see popping up that could fuck this up is the initial swell of greed and opportunism that will appear for the start up period during which something like this is enacted. And the eventual “availability deserts” in which wealthy terrible people, or politicians or gangs bribe city planners to choke out the availability of food banks and quality homes/landscaping for certain areas, and therefore certain people.