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“For everyone to have the ability to pay their rent and eat enough food, doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to increase our consumption of everything.”
[/quote] I was arguing that for a significant percentage of human beings, the ability to pay the rent and eat enough food is not enough. Humans want to increase their consumption especially if others have more than them or have things that they want. This to me is basic human nature which UBI doesn’t seem to address.
However, I am not saying there are no benefits of UBI especially in helping alleviate poverty and all that comes with it as you wrote. There certainly appear to be benefits from the UBI concept. But it seems there are really two issues to address: poverty and materialism… and UBI addresses the first one. If this concept will convince people they don’t need that shiny new SUV or 5 bedroom house or exotic tropical vacation (all high carbon consuming items), then I may be convinced that it will solve the scourge of materialism.