My name is Charlene “Eleri” Hamilton.
I am a woman (pronouns She, Her, Hey You).
I am a mother.
I am a wife.
I am a self-employed childbirth educator, an artist & a writer.
I am a human being.
I am not an economist, a professor, a highly educated mathematician or any of the other sorts of ‘expert’ some people say you must be in order to speak on basic income (usually while they are decrying ‘elitists’) . I’m a person who started reading, and researching, and thinking, who found that once you filter past all of the fearmongering and hand wringing, UBI is a sound practice that could uplift our society to the next level of civilization- post scarcity, post wage slavery, post survivalist existence.
I consider myself a Democratic Universalist- I believe that in a democratically structured society, it is the responsibility of the government to provide certain fundamentals to its population:
- Universal Basic Income- every citizen should be guaranteed a monetary payment, designed to reflect the cost of basic needs, regardless of need, employment or demographic.
- Universal Health Care- Health care is a human right, and every citizen should be able to address their physical and mental health needs without fear of financial ruin.
- Universal Education- Access to quality, developmentally appropriate, comprehensive education should be available to all, at any time of their life.
I feel strongly that this falls well within the scope of our country’s founding document with proclaimed that “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness” were inalienable rights. You can’t have ‘life’, if you don’t have health care, you can’t have ‘liberty’ if you are uneducated, and a slave to your job, and you can’t ‘peruse happiness’ if your life and your liberty are hampered by poor health, poor education, poor wages & benefits.