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A universal basic income: the answer to poverty, insecurity, and health inequality?

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6473 (Published 12 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6473

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Re: A universal basic income: the answer to poverty, insecurity, and health inequality?

A universal basic income (UBI) [1] is a good idea, but it should incorporate the concept of birth control. Overpopulation leads to poverty, overcrowding, pollution of air and water. Necessity of birth control has been obfuscated by conflicting national and global interests: population growth has been regarded as a tool helping to sovereignty and economic advance [2]. The proposal about UBI is therefore as follows: a basic value should be divided by the average birth rate in a given country during e.g. last 25 years. Migrants should preserve the UBI of their country of origin for e.g. 10 years.

1. Painter A. A universal basic income: the answer to poverty, insecurity, and health inequality? BMJ 2016;355:i6473
2. Jargin SV. Demographical aspects of environmental damage and climate change. Climate Change, 2015;1(3):158-160
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/279533880_Demographical_Aspects...

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 December 2016
Sergei Jargin
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