Last year I read the blog of Doug Rushkoff “Are jobs obsolete?”. And it really made me think about our approach to employment. I don’t think there is any political party who doesn’t have a focus on reducing unemployment in these times. Rushkoff’s daring question however is:
“I am afraid to even ask this, but since when is unemployment really a problem? I understand we all want paychecks – or at least money. We want food, shelter, clothing, and all the things that money buys us. But do we all really want jobs?”
If you look at the question more thoroughly you can also state that we even don’t want to have money. We do want to have food, sheltering and all other kind of stuff. Rushkoff elaborates on this issue too.
I am curious what you think of Rushkoff’s blog and if you have ideas about how to build a society around something else than employment.
Maybe one of the answers could be the so called ‘basic income’ for every citizen. We had some discussions in the Netherlands about that 20 years ago. Nowadays I don’t hear a lot about it. Does anyone know about countries where the basic income for every citizen has been successful implemented?