The thing about change is that it usually is forced on us. Few of us go there willingly, foregoing the familiar for a venture into the unknown. When truly dramatic change happens, like the world wide pandemic we are suffering, all the pain is readily apparent.
But sometimes, too, the sheer magnitude of the disruption to our lives causes us to consider actions that otherwise might never occur to us, fly in the face of the ways we think things have to be, or even be unthinkable.
Universal basic income is an idea as old as Thomas More’s Utopia and as current as Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign. It’s been called socialist, communist, preposterous, and other damning labels. But somebody is giving it a try.
In the theatrical profession, where some two-thirds of all its practitioners presently are out of work, there is an initiative in San Francisco worth noting here.