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Make A Living

They ought to teach that at school. How to make a living? It is odd the bombardment with slogans on having success we all are exposed to since childhood. Even odder is using the term success to define the condition of having a job. Call me a leftish, a socialist or even a communist, I don’t care, but I see employment and dignified wages as basic universal human rights.

Instead of a strictly ruled unemployment allowance, state budgets must deliver to every citizen a guaranteed social income in order to eradicate poverty. The popular theory stating people wouldn’t search for work if they had enough money for food and shelter is, to my eyes, a plain fallacy. Some people might not work, but the large majority would look for jobs or start businesses to both enlarge their income and follow their talents.

I not only believe state budgets have more than enough money for this, specially with strong regulation of real estate prices, as I am sure this would be the smartest investment ever done. Consumption would rise, duly taxed, creative forms of businesses would flourish from potential entrepreneurs and a more sustainable and equalitarian economy would emerge.

Am I being naïve?

By Nuno Neves

Owner of the Etsy shop NunoNevesStore.

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