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February 2020 NSDA Public Forum: Universal Basic Income

February 2020 NSDA Public Forum: Universal Basic Income

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Big Sky Debate is pleased to release its February 2020 NSDA Public Forum resources on the universal basic income!

The resolution, released by the National Speech and Debate Association on January 1, 2020, is:

Resolved: The United States should replace means-tested welfare programs with a universal basic income.

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Universal Basic Income Index

META

  • UBI DEFINED
  • UBI IS COMPREHENSIVE AND COMPLEX

PRO

  • MUST ACT NOW: AUTOMATION WILL COLLAPSE THE JOB MARKET
  • MUST ACT NOW: RICH-POOR GAP IS INCREASING
  • MUST ACT NOW: LATE CAPITALISM STRUCTURES JUSTIFY ALTERNATIVES
  • MUST ACT NOW: FULL EMPLOYMENT LEAVES WORKERS VULNERABLE
  • MEANS TESTING BAD: DOESN’T CREATE DESIRED OUTCOMES
  • MEANS TESTING BAD: CURRENT WELFARE SYSTEMS DO NOT HELP THE WORST OFF
  • MEANS-TESTING BAD: MARGINALIZE RECIPIENTS
  • MEANS TESTING BAD: ENCOURAGES AN INEFFICIENT SYSTEM
  • MEANS TESTING BAD: DECREASES WORK INCENTIVE
  • UBI BEST: BETTER THAN CURRENT SYSTEMS AND EASIER TO ADMINISTER
  • UBI BEST: AMERICANS WANT UBI
  • UBI BEST: SUPPORTED BY DIFFERENT PARTS OF OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM
  • UBI BEST: INCREASES LIKELIHOOD OF STABLE HOUSING
  • UBI BEST: = INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM
  • UBI BEST: TRANSFORM THE NATURE OF WORK/INCREASES INCENTIVE TO WORK
  • UBI BEST: DOESN’T STIGMATIZE RECIPIENTS
  • UBI BEST: UBI IS ANTI-POVERTY
  • UBI BEST: BRINGS BETTER HUMAN OUTCOMES
  • UBI BEST: BETTER FOR THOSE THAT ARE ILL OR DISABLED
  • UBI BEST: UBI INCREASES MENTAL HEALTH
  • UBI BEST: INSURES AGAINST AUTOMATION
  • UBI BEST: INCREASES STABILITY OF EMPLOYMENT/INCREASE WORKER RIGHTS
  • UBI BEST: ALLOWS WORKERS TO FOLLOW THEIR PASSIONS
  • UBI BEST: INCREASES ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • UBI BEST: INCREASES GENDER EQUITY
  • UBI BEST: BETTER FOR CHILDREN
  • UBI BEST: BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
  • UBI BEST: PROVIDES INSURANCE FOR THE VULNERABLE TO CLIMATE CHANGE
  • A/T: UBI IS IMPOSSIBLY UTOPIAN
  • A/T: UBI HURTS WORK INCENTIVE
  • A/T: UBI FINANCIALLY IMPOSSIBLE
  • A/T: UBI WILL BE EXPLOITED BY CAPITALISM
  • A/T: MEANS TESTING GOOD
  • A/T: UBI = ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

CON

  • WAIT!: ONLY DATA IS FROM DATED, SMALL-SCALE EXPERIMENTS
  • WAIT!: UBI SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT
  • MEANS TESTING GOOD: PROVIDES SELF-SUFFICIENCY
  • UBI EXPENSIVE: UBI WOULD EAT THE US BUDGET
  • UBI BAD: WOULD REQUIRE MASSIVE TAX INCREASES
  • UBI EXPENSIVE: ONLY OPTION IS TO REPLACE THE WELFARE STATE
  • UBI EXPENSIVE: NO WORKABLE FINANCIAL MODELS AVAILABLE
  • UBI INEFFECTIVE: MEANINGLESS WITHOUT UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE
  • UBI BAD: UNREALISTIC
  • UBI BAD: UNDERMINES FREEDOM
  • UBI BAD: UBI IS NEO-COMMUNISM
  • UBI BAD: PEOPLE ARE AGAINST UBI
  • UBI BAD: UBI WILL HURT THE POOR
  • UBI BAD: UBI TRIGGERS INFLATION
  • UBI BAD: KILLS LABOR UNIONS
  • UBI BAD: REPLACING OTHER PROGRAMS WITH UBI WILL KILL OUR SAFETY NET
  • UBI BAD: HURTS SELF-RELIANCE
  • UBI BAD: WOULD INCENTIVIZE BAD BEHAVIOR AND KILL THE INCENTIVE TO WORK
  • UBI BAD: MUST AVOID HURTING THE IDEA OF PAID WORK
  • A/T: WELFARE PROGRAMS ARE BAD
  • A/T: AUTOMATION JUSTIFIES UBI
  • ALTERNATIVE: MAKE WORK BETTER IN THE STATUS QUO

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