Simon Black’s weekly chronicle of the absurd, at sovereignman.com:
The old joke about the 1990s TV show Seinfeld was that it was a show about nothing. Now it looks like Germany wants to be an economy about nothing.
German University paying scholarships to do nothing
A German university is looking for people it can pay to do nothing. Literally. They want to pay people to refrain from activities.
Anyone can submit proposals on what they pledge to stop doing, for how long, and why.
The idea is to explore how NOT doing certain activities impacts your life, and the lives of others. So for example, if you pledge to stop shopping for three weeks, they would study how NOT shopping would cut fuel consumption, plastic waste, etc.
Right now it’s just a pilot program that will only select a handful of people. But if the results prove that doing nothing promotes environmental and social justice, we’re already expecting some much bigger funding for the next round.
Just imagine how much better the world would be if we valued laziness and sloth! And this trend won’t end with Covid until we recognize that sitting at home and doing nothing is brave and heroic.
Germany to test universal basic income
Speaking of doing nothing, “Universal Basic Income” is an idea that has caught fire with the Bolsheviks.
The idea is that people should be paid just for existing. We all just get to collect money that the central bank conjures out of thin air.
Obviously some people think this will cause laziness, and rob people of achieving their full potential. But others insist it is the best way to relieve poverty and inspire creativity.
So to test the idea, Germany will pay 120 ‘volunteers’ €1,200 ($1,400) a month for three years to see what happens.
It’s almost like Western civilization is rejecting the idea that actual work has to be done to produce the food, clothing, and shelter humans need to survive.