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I think these social problem comes from idleness without opportunity. Also they are placed low in society in terms of possessions so feel an underclass. If these people cant afford to follow their interests or even travel across town because they don't have bus fare yes it's going to create problems.

But what if all people have a similar base and while being on welfare have a reasonable level of disposable income to pursue hobbies? I don't know the answer but I suspect there would be a big outlook difference of US welfare recipients vs. Kuwait where welfare recipients have disposable income.

Further it's easy to say there will be people causing social issues. This will always exist to a degree. We have to consider if this would be relatively better or worse for society, not just would there be problems.




> I don't know the answer but I suspect there would be a big outlook difference of US welfare recipients vs. Kuwait where welfare recipients have disposable income.

I'm not familiar with the Kuwaiti experience, could you elaborate?

> We have to consider if this would be relatively better or worse for society, not just would there be problems.

Agreed; though I'm wary of making big, breaking changes to a complex, evolved system. Previous attempts to cut over to radically different socioeconomic architectures in production have tended to end poorly.


I'm not familiar with the Kuwaiti experience, could you elaborate?

Kuwait has enough oil money to give their people free health care, free education, housing subsidies, and food subsidies. On top of that, they have guaranteed employment so ~96% of their citizens work for the state. Oh, and there's no income tax.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspon...




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