There is a concept of a free market, and I’d like to contribute with a concept that I have, called the free society. I believe a free society is as important as a free market.
I picture a world where financial support is available to all people, to bring them up over the poverty line and provide basics. This would free us up from the ‘rat race’ if we choose, so that we can begin to look to the future, and work towards social progress. With our basics needed, we can afford to have more artists, writers, healers, peace makers, free thinkers, etc. Those who choose to work because they’d like more than the basics, CAN!
This support should be regardless of whether or not someone is looking for work, studying or is sick. I picture a world where people’s welfare is just standard.
When people criticise this model, or the hippy lifestyle, or even the people who ‘bludge’ off society, let those people just think critically what they’re saying.
What are they criticising? I suspect they are criticising the concept of taking more from society than what you contribute.
Most people in the society would still choose to work, and wouldn’t care to take more than they contribute, however, even if then did, $500 a fortnight is not a lot to miss, you might find more of this injustice (of taking more than contributing) happening at the other end of society’s spectrum. Feel free to fix it in those places first, where it doesn’t deny someone’s basics.
Are they criticizing somebody wanting to live with less stress? Or someone’s inability to deal with society the way is built?
If so, you will find more of this problem WITHIN the mainstream of society, at the amount of mental illness, depression and suicide.
It’s a built in response and a socially accepted one, to reject the notion of someone benefiting from our hard work or being lazy on the outskirts, but just imagine what society would really look like if we allow it… freedom to live. Just saying, if you’re going to criticise a way of life or an aspect of society, then feel free to fix the parts you disagree with. And if your choose not to, DON’T stop somebody else from having a go at it, bettering their own life and the lives of people around them.
Society is broken with regards to health, finances and in other ways. I believe that this is WHY these people are choosing this lifestyle. I believe that this choice is both a result and solution to many of these social issues that we face. How can you believe in a free market; one that resolves its problems out through it’s own workings at the expense of basic necessities… We should be believing in a free society, one that resolves its problems through its own nature.