It’s a staple of most political campaign speeches: candidates who either know or should know better make promises that higher employment will return if they’re elected, no matter what the vocation.

Almost always, old solutions get trotted out. The problem is, if they were still economically viable, they’d still be in force. But as Bruce Springsteen lamented in My Home Town back in 1984:

Foreman says these jobs are going boys
and they ain’t coming back
to your hometown

It’s a tossup as to which is more unconscionable: making impossible promises or believing them.

Throughout history, a successful civilization’s survival is subject to its embrace of an enterprise culture. That’s an endorsement of progress, and the moment it’s stunted, it will decline.

Thus, jobs that are gone won’t be coming back. Borders aren’t the reason. Technology is, and the sooner societies accept it, the healthier they’ll be.

And no, that’s not dichotomy of statement:

This isn’t a new concept: society has a responsibility — morally, at the very least — to provide a practical level of sustenance for those who are job-ready but employment-deprived due to circumstances that aren’t directly of their own making.

It goes back further than the advocacy of Thomas Paine — a major player in the United States’ battle for independence — and has seen Presidents on both sides of the aisle seek a realistic means of doing so.

The quest continues, because programs like welfare in its various states appear to be hopelessly flawed. Even the relatively successful Scandinavian model remains controversial.

As a result, the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) is being revisited more aggressively than ever before. There’s no such thing as a satisfactorily simple explanation in economics, so consider this an overview:

And so we come to e-commerce. It’s the logical working environment of the 21st century.

The new gold rush is in the form of claiming a section of cyberspace with a blog and/or website. This is a fair analogy, as most of the wealth back then was accumulated by the merchants who sold the tools.

It was true then. It’s true now.

A universal basic income could thrive in the enterprise economy. It would relieve financial pressure on displaced workers, allowing the more industrious of them to learn and deploy the fundamentals of e-commerce in a methodical, natural manner.

This could be the ultimate incubator fund, which is already a very successful format: providing support for those who can then create their own employment.

It’s a much more fulfilling way to live in the world of tomorrow, which is already here today.

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