European money printing is starting off with purchases of government securities. But does that makes sense? Because new money will be channelled to the rich, who will mostly save it rather than spending it and boosting the economy. Is there not a more intelligent way of monetary easing? I think there is.
The institution of basic income reminds many people of socialism. You went to the factory, did nothing, then collected your wages. The difference is that now there is no need to go anywhere for your wages, but the government still interferes seriously with the distribution of income. Yet, basic income allows a much more human capitalism to be created, which continues to be driven by competition, but does not involve extreme poverty.
I argued that instead of asset purchases or boosted lending, we could much more successfully avoid deflation and stimulate the economy by means of a monetary basic income financed from newly printed money. There are two principal problems with this idea.