Federal Jobs Guarantee and Universal Basic Income (UBI)

UBI could be a step towards socialism if it builds on a robust social safety net. If it erodes them, or either creates the functional pathway to limit social services, or builds the political will to rescind them, UBI would instead be regressive. This is a policy in which the devil is very much in the details.

A federal jobs guarantee would go a long way towards ensuring opportunities for employment despite expanding automation. Regenerative agriculture and climate resiliency projects can both be labor-intensive, and a jobs guarantee would help address what could otherwise be a human resource challenge for which corporate capitalism offers no solution.