[pp.int.general] Basic income - how does that fit into the pirate ideology?

Richard Stallman rms at gnu.org
Wed Jul 17 13:46:39 CEST 2013

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    My question is still "Where does this money come from?" You can't  
    realistically have a government just write checks to one hundred  
    percent of its citizen without and income source. The income source  
    can't realistically be the citizens either because then it is the same  
    as moving money from the left pocket to the right pocket.

That is a false step in the argument.  The income source can be SOME
of the citizens, those that have high incomes.  That is not the same
as moving money from one pocket to another.  That is moving money
from the rich to the poor, which is exactly the point.

    Oil is a  
    terrible funding source from an ethical stand point, but it is also  
    the only realistic funding source I have seen presented as an example  
    so far.

Oil extraction is a business.  Any business can be taxed for this

Dr Richard Stallman
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