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    Default UBI versus Job Guarantee Schemes?

    In the earliest full employment ideas the state would act as employer, in Keynesian welfare states employer of last resort, in theory if you wanted a job and could not find one then you could get work on public works projects. In command economies of the Eastern Bloc communist states there was a Job Guarantee by virtue of the fact that the state would provide a job for anyone who wanted one, otherwise known a "Job Guarantee".

    In both models subsistence is guaranteed but linked as earnings to work performed.

    The big alternative is a Universal Basic Income which breaks the link between subsistence and work performed, occupation, how anyone chooses to occupy their time, is entirely their own business.

    Which do you think is the best idea and which do you think is more associated with left or right wing political inclinations or thinking and why?

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    Both. Federal Jobs Guarantee was part of FDR's economic security proposals and second Bill of Rights with things like the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) so this has certainly happened in a non- Eastern Bloc county in the past.

    The Federal Job Guarantee - A Policy to Achieve Permanent Full Employment | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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