Notes From Babel

Free Income for All?

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For Us, The Living, by Robert Heinlein

I think he’s actually being serious about this: Americans are so wealthy that we should be entitled to take an income for doing nothing at all, as a form of “inheritance” from our industrious predecessors.

He references it again in a recent post, in which he posits that “free” health care for all fits into this same model.

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Written by Tim Kowal

November 15, 2009 at 12:57 am

Posted in Health Care

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