Experiments are taking place re some kind of guaranteed minimum wage.
Certainly this is an idea which will be tried in various ways, I imagine - because it is simple.
But I am very afraid of this idea as a stand alone solution.
Look at the reservation experience.
Once you deprive a person of meaningful work, I believe you have a major problem on hand.
There used to be a saying - "any work worth doing is worth doing well."
I think this is true. I think it also speaks to the normal human condition, which is manual repetitive work, which allows that most valuable attainment - skill.
And skill and physical work are conducive to having both feet on the ground, so to speak, and one's nose where it should be, and not in the air.
And I am not kidding.
When I could do exactly what I wanted to do, I chose mountaineering. It is hard physical work, very repetitive, and with passion and time and a little luck, skill and self esteem increase.
But of course it doesn't pay - just the opposite I'm afraid, but this only accentuates the main point I am making - what I have found in a longish and varied life.
The easy life is no life at all - we were not deigned for it - use it or lose it type of idea.
Wendell Berry, the philosopher farmer in the eastern USA, might agree with me I think. He advocates small farms, owned by the individual - and of course best practices on the farm - to ensure not only good food, but sustainability.
Can you imagine the hold the system would have on the individual if we were all sitting at home collecting a guaranteed wage - so that we could enrich Walmart gazillionaire owners further?
It is the system that is in drastic need of overhaul - big big time - and unlike a guaranteed wage - that is most emphatically neither simple nor easy. But that is no reason at all for not going for the gold - decent work for a decent life - bien vivir in some countries I believe.
So yes - perhaps a wage to keep away the wolf for now - but not for ever - not as a solution.