politics (general)

ubi sort of worries me, as a concept
the reason necessities cost what they do is because that's how much the owners can charge for them, if people are given extra money, it seems to me like the costs would just go up, right?
instead of giving money, we need to be given access to basic necessities
if everyone was provided with a studio flat, basic groceries, healthcare and education, for free, we get a bunch of extra beneficial effects
first, it ensures people actually have access to the things they need
second, it tracks with the market and inflation, so if basic necessities suddenly cost more, it ensures that access isn't hampered
and finally, it drives costs down, owners can't charge exhorbitant amounts for sub-par housing and food if people's needs are provided for

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politics (general)

my brain is too fried for proper political thinking these days, and maybe i'm missing some subtleties somewhere, but this all seems so weird to me anyway
like, money isn't real?
food is real, a roof is real, getting pills for our broken bodies and brains is real, being with people we love is real, making art is real, monuments and gardens and all the things that actually matter to peole are real
money is just a wrapper we came up with to help us deal with all of these real things, but it's so obviously not working

i'm having trouble formulating these thoughts, apologies for the drivel

i see people working their butts off for no money, preparing food for the needy, helping homeless people find a place to sleep, making facemasks for caretakers; and even in things that are less obviously charitable work, we help each other move homes, for instance
all of that has real world, tangible value, but none of it is paid

people don't actually care about money, and people tend to pitch in and help when given the chance
and besides, as long as there are enough people in the world willing to help things keep going, who cares if some people prefer not to do any work?

there's a part of me hoping the "economy" collapses really fucking hard, but we just keep going on, business as usual
doctors still seeing patients
farmers still growing food
truckers still supplying shops
bakers still making bread
and everyone still doing whatever it was they were doing before
unless they figure what they were doing wasn't helpful, and so they'd rather just chill at home, or take care of a relative, or go help clean up a street or something

i really think we can do this, but first we have to forget what money is