All human beings need to have food, water, shelter and other essential things to stay alive. Currently most people in the world cannot meet their needs for life and health directly, they need money to get the things they need to stay alive.
Today, the consequences of not having money are deadly. Poverty kills. However poverty is not the result of scarcity — there is in fact more than enough for everyone to meet their needs for health —but poverty results from theft of the commons, and privatization.
See: Colin Tudge - Feeding the World is Easy
However, there is overwhelming evidence that it is impossible for every person in the world who is poor (over half the world's population) to win a living wage job. A massive increase in jobs would demand a massive increase in consumption and accelerated waste and pollution of natural resources. To continue believing in the 'economic growth-full employment' solution, in spite of massive evidence to the contrary, only accelerates the continued destruction of poor people and the planet.
That almost unanimous belief that jobs are the only viable solution to poverty -- we call "jobism". Globalized industries destroy local economies, but most importantly, they DIVERT time, energy and physical resources away from people's essential needs to non-essentials. (i.e building more hotels and shopping malls instead of housing; depleting water sources to make soft drinks)
There are numerous critics of the current economic system (environmentalists, peace activists, anti-corporation activists, social democrats, socialists, sustainable development advocates, etc.) who describe how economic 'growth' and 'development' impoverish people and the planet. However, their solutions do not address the immediate urgency of the situation.
It is not enough to say being downsized is painful, or to put promote voluntary simplicity, anti-consumerism, or environmentalism (essentially telling people "I have my way to get what I need, but you need to sacrifice your livelihood"). We must also so say how the millions of people who currently get their livelihood from harmful and unsustainable industries will feed themselves and their families.
Without a GLI, it will be impossible to stop environmental destruction as billions of people are desperate to escape poverty. People are forced to take any available job regardless of the impact on nature.
Without a GLI, it will be impossible to create a peaceful, healthy society millions of people rely on jobs in the massive military industrial complex. Millions of others rely on 'crime' and social strife for jobs in jails, courts, social work etc.
Millions of others rely on people continuint to consume tobacco, alcohol, junk food, soft drinks, violent video games and junk entertainment. Millions of others have jobs because people destroy their health from these products.
If we try to change things without a GLI it means only a few will be able to participate in this process -- usually people who have enough to eat, have a good place to sleep, and do not have dependents, do not have limited mobility or health problems. Hardly a 'just' way to create social change. This problem cannot be solved with charity. People rightly resent charity and the vast power imbalance it creates.
A GLI is absolutely necessary to ensure that all world citizens have enough money to buy nutritious food, decent housing, health and dental care and all the other things that we all need to stay healthy and live full lives.
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