Reply to post: Re: Make robots pay tax

Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works


Re: Make robots pay tax

It's called VAT and it's not going to drop below 20% anytime soon. The shame is that it's applied to the hospitality and building traders industries in the UK, Cutting it on those would result in not much revenue loss but a lot of social gain.

But also: The Swiss recently voted against a basic income in a referendum (doesn't make them right, only maybe too early).

An aside: I once visited a feedstuff factory in the North to work on their process control system - it basically ran the factory with a skeleton 24 shift system of 2-3 guys. The large canteen was eerily empty at lunchtime and I commented on this to the shift supervisor,. He said the guys who used to use it has been made redundant as a result of the automation system I was working on.

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