The reason many people on the left are excited about proposals for a Universal Basic Income (UBI) is that it acknowledges economic inequality and its social consequences. In reality, however, UBI provides political cover for the elimination of social programs and the privatization of social services.
Richard Stallman, the outspoken promoter for the Free Software movement proposes that we should all leave Facebook and either find or build our own alternatives. Commodify.Us provides a platform for users to regain control over the commercial exploitation of their personal data. Marc Garret discusses the importance of such alternative hacktivist structures for social independence.
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