One item on the CNP platform, the Universal Basic Income, is sure to raise some eyebrows.
But it shouldn’t. UBI is not a new idea. It’s been around for a few generations and has garnered broad support spanning the political spectrum, from Friedrich Hayek and the Cato Institute to Martin Luther King Jr and the Brookings Institution.
Libertarians like it because it simplifies things by removing layers of government bureaucracy. Liberals like it because it will lift people out of poverty and keep them from falling through the cracks. The predictable criticisms that it will just create a society of lazy people who don’t try have been shown by experimental tests to not be true.
And one area right and left both agree on is that it will offset the human cost of increased automation in the near future.
Whichever side of the political aisle you hail from, it looks like an idea that finally deserves serious consideration, as Finland, the Netherlands, and Canada are doing now.