Clarifying question. You say both:
“If you work, but your wages still leave you below the poverty level, you don’t have to pay taxes. Instead, the taxman pays you.”
“Anyone who falls below the poverty line, employed or not, is lifted back to security, no conditions attached.”
So are you advocating, as an initial phase for introducing basic income, a means-tested negative income tax, or a universal negative income tax? Curious because whether or not means-tested systems are included in a proposal towards basic income really influences the ethics involved — I wonder where you fall on that.
Thanks for the post!