Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Bernie Sanders just announced a change that aims to give massive amounts of free money to ordinary consumers. My question – how does Bernie reconcile giving money to people with his opposition to the climate that is destroying consumption?
I made a change with @HawleyMO that included direct payment of $ 1,200 for working class individuals, $ 2,400 for couples, and $ 500 for children.
What would it mean to you and your family if this change were incorporated into the law?
– Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 12, 2020
Bernie Sanders says he is against capitalist excesses, but at the same time supports a universal basic income, a recipe for state funding for consumerist excesses.
There is a solution to this dilemma that will prevent the planet from destroying the consumer surplus. When the value of the US dollar falls to zero, as it did with the Venezuelan bolivar when the government began ransacking the economy to fund unsustainable welfare programs, Bernie can spend free money that actually can't be bought .
December 13, 2020 in climate policy. Tags: Bernie Sanders, climate emergency, consumerism, guaranteed income