Last month, a Pew Research poll revealed that a majority of American adults are against the federal government doling out a guaranteed income, which is usually known as a universal basic income (UBI). Popularized by Democratic candidate Andrew Yang, the UBI would have all adult citizens, regardless of their employment status, receive a monthly stipend of $1,000.
45 percent of the American populace supports a UBI. However, there exists a stiff partisan divide in terms of who supports the monthly handout. 78 percent of Republicans and Republican-learning independent oppose a UBI. Of those surveyed, 62 percent “strongly” oppose such a policy. 66 percent of Democrats, on the other hand, support a UBI with a third of them strongly supporting the measure.
But when these numbers are broken down on racial and ethnic lines, things start to get interesting. The majority of Black (73 percent) and Hispanic adults (63 percent) are in favor of the government providing a UBI, whereas 35 percent of White adults support the UBI.
Among Democratic voters, there exist a general consensus among voters of all races and ethnic backgrounds regarding their support for the UBI. Blacks (77 percent), Hispanic (70 percent), and White Democrats (61 percent) support a UBI for all adult citizens.
While there is a strong case for nationalist economic policies such as strategic tariffs on countries like China, initiatives that promote stronger private sector unionization, and subsidies that reward good behavior such as stable family formation, a UBI is a cheap handout that would foment American’s current problem of mass consumerism and place an even bigger fiscal burden on the government.
In addition, it will serve as another magnet for immigrants to come to the country and take advantage of America’s already sizeable welfare state. There’s no reason to add another set of problems to America’s economic house of cards.
For Democrats, however, this could be the perfect vote-buying strategy given the demographic realities in the country and receptiveness of domestic minorities and migrants towards welfare programs. An America First program empowers American families and puts them on the road to productivity and social cohesion. By contrast, a neoliberal, UBI program is just another way to keep the globohomo political economy going while the Historic American National gradually dies off.
Nationalists should view the UBI with skepticism and focus more on allocating their political towards policies that empower labor and build strong family units.