In this article, in the Turkish Internet journal called Mavi Defter (which translates as “Blue Notebook”), Yuksel Akkaya argues that even the politicians who speak on the side of basic income are not ready to spend enough money to support it. He further stresses that “humanists” always try to find solutions to social problems. Those “humanists” always tried to arbitrate the failing regimes, and by doing so became the creators of even worse social and living conditions for ordinary people.
Akkaya says that as controversially it might seem, both leftists and rightists support basic income. According to them, in order for basic income to work, it needs to be supported by the market and not by the public. They argue that if it will be supported by the market, it will be more rational. Supporting it any other way would be “populist” and one needs to avoid that. Basic income liberalists claim that the best way is to give everyone basic income, but cut on social expenditures. That way public has no right to complain as they are already getting a basic income. According to these liberalists, the taxation system can also be simplified. Simplified for whom? Asks Akkaya. For industrialists? They are already not paying much. In the history of capitalism, the flexibility and the mobility of capitalist market always benefited privileged few tells the author. In the next part of this article, Akkaya will look at the other side of the coin.
“Temel Gelir versus Kapitalism (mi?) II” (Is Basic Income against Capitalism I). “Mavi Defter” (Blue Notebook).
Akkaya, Y. (2012). Is basic income against capitalism ii. Mavi Defter, online at: http://www.mavidefter.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=55:temel-gelir-versus-kapitalizm-mi-ii&catid=58:yukselakkaya&Itemid=96