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The Basic (Citizens') Income (UBI) should be mentioned in the main text, not just in the link.
As you know, my criticisms of the GWS are at a superficial level - there is evidence that it would be abused. I have confidence that the UBI would spontaneously bring about the changes we both want to see, so the GWS should not be necessary.
To try to put it in a nutshell:
Means testing is a disguised form of taxation on low incomes.
The UBI puts everyone on the same level of withdrawal of income.
How is any other arrangement justified?
A UBI sufficient to cover basic needs would involve higher taxation on the better off, but less than happened after World War 2.
If that is 'unaffordable', then the nation is already bankrupt, and hiding the fact.
But it isn't.
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Green Wage Subsidy by Clive Richard LordClive Richard Lord, 22 Aug 2018 22:30

All you suggest will happen, either by accident, or a planned economic 'soft landing' suggested by Kate Raworth in 'Doughnut Economics' (I suggested exactly that in 1973, but nobody noticed).
But that lays waste to whole swathes of existing industry. I often 'joke' (but I mean it) that if everybody had my purchasing pattern, the economy would have collapsed long ago, but the ecosphere would not be in danger (yet).
Some believe Green industries will take upt the slack. Possibly, at most temporarily, but my guess is that that will be much less than the contraction when too many people do as you suggest.

Refuse Reuse etc. by Clive Richard LordClive Richard Lord, 22 Aug 2018 22:03

reading frugalist sites can transform our appreciation of living on low income, from being depressing experience to enjoying every small act as a response to challenge.

testing comments by DocRichardDocRichard, 01 Dec 2011 11:13
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