Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote a blog post recently after a trip to Alaska that illustrated how supportive he is of a basic income here in the United States.
Zuckerberg is in support of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend. The Dividend collects money from Alaska’s oil revenue and then returns it to residents at the end of the year. Last year each eligible resident received $1,022.
“Seeing how Alaska put this dividend in place reminded me of a lesson I learned early at Facebook: organizations think profoundly differently when they’re profitable than when they’re in debt,” Zuckerberg wrote.
“When you’re losing money, your mentality is largely about survival. But when you’re profitable, you’re confident about your future and you look for opportunities to invest and grow further. Alaska’s economy has historically created this winning mentality, which has led to this basic income. That may be a lesson for the rest of the country as well.”