We can Do Better Wednesdays: Chapter 9, the early years of Phase III

This post is  the rough draft of  Chapter 9, section II A of my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors.   This part of chapter 9 (section II. C., 3/4 of a map to get there) will introduce the early years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase III.

The overall objective remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for chapter 9 will attempt to match with each section, at the bottom of early years posts.

Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

(Chapter 9, section II. B. was last week)

Chapter 9, section II. C.

II. C (z/1k wds).  Early years of phase III, UBI


1 (279/250 wds).

Education and advocacy around the need for a UBI here in the US, especially in certain parts of this country, will require tenacity on the part of those educating the general public.  Education around the problems generated through the structures affected by systemic racism in this country, which is to say, education on how nearly all structures of every system in this nation have been built upon racist foundations, will be a difficult but necessary start.  Also, our history of classism and how those groups taught to believe themselves above other groups will need to be included in education around how these class perceptions and alliances affect the ways in which people view one another, and refuse to work together based on false beliefs that end up impacting all of society counter-productively.  Then, there must be tremendous education around the many ways in which the existence of poverty is an active threat to all who are not independently wealthy, since all non-wealthy people can end up tumbling down the SES ladder into poverty, or even homelessness, under the right, or wrong, circumstances.  From there, and at the same time as we begin this phase, education around how a floor on poverty can put a limit on the level of fear that people, even middle class people, face in our society, must lead to education around how putting a floor on poverty eventually leads to far greater contribution by all members of our society.  Thus much education needs to continue from previous phases, and be adapted to the start of this current phase, as we reach toward the beginnings of normalizing the idea of a UBI for all of us.



2 (270/250 wds).

Measurements in this early part of Phase III may need to be broken into two separate sets of benchmarks.  One for the work at the federal level of attaining a UBI or a Citizen’s Income, leading to a basic income for residents and then gradually going to a UBI, with or without a Federal Jobs Garantee.  The other set may need to be used to measure progress and set milestones for the work of advocating for a UBI at the state level in each state.  At the federal level, a UBI either exists or it does not exist, but state by state, each state can have a prototype or an introductory version of a UBI for citizens or residents of that state.  The volunteers working from the top down for a federal UBI may want to coordinate with those who are working for a UBI state by state, if possible.  Milestones for the advocacy work in this part of Phase III may have to be measured, at first, simply by the number of volunteers in each community, or volunteers per state and keeping track of which states have communities from which volunteers are actively working on this part of the project.  The number of posts on social media or in newspapers, letters to the editor, articles in academic or more accessible fora, tweets and retweets, and even murals or other forms of art can count toward the work in advocating for a UBI.  So long as all of this work is done in the spirit of adding to the level of empathy and moving toward greater human rights for all.


3 (258/250 wds).

Tools and 1-minute activities that may help in this early part of Phase III include walking, together, as in the groups formed earlier in the service of previous parts of this project, or even as individuals, showing support for the UBI.  Another tools that could be adapted by local community organizations are local community issued currencies, as studied by many academics and community economics enthusiasts, as a complement to the circulating federal currency.  By supplementing the amount of federal money already in the local community, a local currency, whether in the form of Time Dollars, as issued by Time Banks, USA, or in the form of a paper scrip, like Ithaca Hours, or Anacostia Hours, or Humbolt Dollars, or Potomacs, a local currency can help make more money available within the local community, and thus encourage local businesses to employ more people, and help local communities support more vulnerable people in need, and incubate new businesses, as in Ithaca, NY.  Clearly, previous tools such as social media, articles, and art also remain available as tools for advocating, raising awareness, and educating around the need for a UBI.  Continuing the work of A. Yang, the experiment in Stockton, CA, and other places as prototypes for a fuller more wide spread Basic Income can be partial measures until the full UBI is reached everywhere.  Other tools for raising awareness include street theatre, workshops, songs and even poetry, as with the folk poems used throughout the ages to inform, educate, and even to protest, as with the goose and the Common.


4 (284/250 wds).

The practical use, for the working person, of a UBI for those often seen not to be working in ways that our society generally expects people to work, in these early years of Phase III, will likely need much explaining, and with much empathy, for much of the larger public in the USA.  One practical use of the UBI is in giving every single person the space to breath without the fear of not being able to meet those basic survival needs that strangles so much of our unborn productivity.  That space to breath leads to the ability to finally reflect, which leads to much more.  Another practical use of this UBI is that there will be far less survival stress in our society, and that leads to less anger, which leads to less unproductive or counter productive activity.  These lessenings of fear, stress, and anger simply on their own will lead to less expenditure by society on public health and hospitalization, less spending on our prison system and court systems, and less spending, of course, on our emergency food and housing systems, such as they are.  More importantly, a UBI will also lead to more time to think positively, and more energy to create positive solutions to problems that will eventually help all of us.  Symbolically, a UBI represents the freedom to live as a dignified human being, especially if one was born in a hole and had to dig out of it as a child merely to reach the level that many people were able to start at.  Finally, and most importantly, a UBI symbolizes the freedom to be able to give to others, as one finally has enough to live, oneself.


— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 9, section II. D. )


I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.


And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  clearly part of  Non-fiction.

Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please, and

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.


ch9CChapter 9, both sections II and III C.  outlines


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