A Case for the Universal Basic Income
Bowron, Laurel D.
Washington and Lee University, Shepherd Poverty Program
Negative income tax
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Laurel D. Bowron is a member of the Class of 2003 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]The current system of distribution in the United States is unjust and degrading. The wealthy have not merited their incomes and the poor are not deserving of their situations. People, especially the poor, do not have the means to maximize their freedom. They do not have the opportunities to make their own life choices. The poor are imposed upon by an unjust society. Society constantly denies the poor their dignity and worth as human beings. Our society views the wealthy as motivated and deserving and the poor as lazy and undignified. Since the wealthy have not merited much of their gross capital and fortunate life styles, they owe it to the poor to provide them with the necessary means to maximize their freedom. In order to make the United States a fair and just country, we must provide the poor with better life chances and provide them with the means to improve their capabilities. The most fair and efficient way to do this is to drastically redistribute income throughout the United States. [From Conclusion]Laurel D. Bowron