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UN Calls for Temporary Basic Income for World's Poorest 2.7 Billion People as 'Lifeline' Amid Pandemic

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/24/un-calls-temporary-basic-income-worlds-poorest-27-billion-people-lifeline-amid

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Even the suggestion of helping the poorest of us will get rich investors building soylent green plants rather than supporting people financially.

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Just look at the picture of that mother and her baby. And supposedly another child. (And their meagre possessions.)
And people are becoming wealthier during the pandemic. And wealthy countries would prefer to spend billions on weapons to kill people, rather than to nurture them and make them part of our only lifeline in this great cosmos.

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This may be the least likely proposal ever made. Help poor people around the world? Not happening. We can’t even get help for poor Americans.

We are cynical in the US, and rightly so, but the majority of the rest of the worlds leaders are not as devoid of humanity as our leaders are. Remember we are the only industrialized nation without single payer healthcare, and most countries view it as a human right. There is a chance this action could have legs around the world, just not here in the US.

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From a practical standpoint the math is good.

The age demographic that suffers the highest mortality in the world poulation is not the aged, it is those that have yet to have their first birthday.
Billions that have no access to clean water watch many of their babies die of dehydration from diarrhea. Children they count on to grow into workers to help grow food and eventually support their parents in their declining years. They have no other means of social security than spreading the load of retirement among their SURVIVING children, who themselves will be supporting their own children simultaneously. Overpoulation pressure is proven to drop with these survival pressures reduced.

This is only one of many dynamics that have long made support for the poor more than just charity but necessity.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

  • Charles Dickens

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

  • Anne Frank