…lution. In this argument, UBI is the sharing out of the economic dividends of an automated economy. As far as I know, supporters of UBI envisage the government as the organiser of these payments. That is, a centrally-organised economy run by AI and robots producing everything we need and doling out resources to the masses.
Actually, that’s wrong. The government would facilitate the payments, like they do with Social Security in the United States or other similar guaranteed pension programs in other countries. However, the government would not need to manage production levels or other aspects of the economy to do this. There would be some relatively minor but progressive adjustments to the tax code to help finance it, but the means of production would not be affected at all. The economy would be no more the victim of “centralized” planning/organization than it is now. Indeed, a number of very conservative free-market economists/politicians have supported UBI. These include Milton Friedman and Friederich Hayek.