Democratic economic policies like job guarantee schemes and a universal basic income could address two key issues at once—clientelism and economic precarity.
What changes will automation bring to our lives and societies? What will we do when our jobs become redundant? We must be asking these questions right now because tomorrow might be too late.
Here are a few suggestions on how we can make Malta a fairer and greener place. The list below is, by no means, exhaustive, but could be just enough to lead to a deeper transformation of our society.
Robotics and AI are about to bring colossal changes to the job market. Depending on the level of your skills, your job is almost guaranteed to become replaceable within the next 15 years. Universal Basic Income could be a way forward.
There is an urgent need for resource-conserving, smart, emission-neutral production processes. But as the supply of steady employment weakens, a highly competitive labour market and a restricted welfare state would dismantle democratic achievements and enhance authoritarian trends.