by Ben Hart
So this is certainly a conservative, pro-freedom idea . . . and does not lead to socialism.
In fact, socialism is far more likely to come if there is no social safety net. When people are desperate, they take desperate measures. They end up following Pied Pipers like Hitler, Mao, Lenin, Pol Pot.
Do you want to see Fergusons happening everywhere — open warfare on the streets?
The social safety net is a key pillar of a prosperous civil humane society.
It helps keep the peace.
There is nothing the least bit contradictory about being both in favor of a social safety net that works (not the dysfunctional one we have now) while also being a pedal-to-the-metal, full-throated, unapologetic capitalist.
The Universal Basic Income idea has support on the right as well as the left.