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.”

and:

“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!

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