This Human Right Isn’t Respected, A UBI Can Change That

This Human Right Isn’t Respected, A UBI Can Change That

There is a fundamental human right that no existing country on Earth is respecting yet, the right to survive.

The article 25 of the universal declaration of human rights says that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family,” it goes on:

“including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

A universal basic income would also solve the human rights of “the right to work” (Article 23 UDHR), which includes ‘free choice of employment’ and ‘just and favourable conditions’, is also very useful and will be returned to shortly.

The Right to Work (Article 23 UDHR) is useful for re-framing cultural notions of work, which focus on whether workers are working and how much they are contributing to GDP in a capitalist economy.

The Right to Work is clear that what is important is not their contribution to the economy via their labor, but what work they do, and whether someone has ‘freely chosen or accepted’ the work.

A Universal Basic Income (UBI) would not only solve human rights issues like this one, but also provide a safety net for all people, eliminating poverty once and for all.

Tom Frl

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