Many questions come to mind. Who is going to decide how much people are paid for certain jobs, or how much a basic income allocation should be? One respondent mentioned having all people work one day a week at a low-tier job such as trash collection, then other days at a more desirable job. Who enforces this forced labor, or decides what undesirable job a particular person shall be assigned to? Who places valuation on the invisible jobs?

If you are meaning that government officials are to do this, does this indicate they are deemed more trustworthy and competent than free markets, managers, laborers, etc?

A few other thoughts flitted through my mind as I was reading. The decentralization of labor, making it more egalitarian, brought to mind indoctrination of the young Red Guard in China, who were taught that teachers and doctors and others from the educated elite status should become peasants, with people from these classes or “tiers” being subsequently banished to work farms. The result was total chaos and destruction of their society.

Another random thought: In Uganda property was seized by the government and reallocated, which resulted in mass starvation, rampant inflation and the near-demise of the country.

The reason ideas such as these don’t work is plain and simple: human nature. There is no one we can trust to make decisions for us, our wealth, our jobs on such a mass sale without corruption and subsequent catastrophe.

The best, but not perfect, solution is our freedom and liberty as experienced through capitalism, but with many safety nets that ensure access to health care and basic necessities.

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