After giving this article a little more thought it is striking a chord. Particularly this tone that is being repeated lately. Its that people deserve something just because.
Modern society is enormous. It might seem easy to give out a basic living wage to everyone because we already have so much abundance. This abundance has come from years of compounding labor and creativity.
Take the example of food stamps. There may be a massive farm somewhere that at the moment could provide some excess, but massive farms are new to society. They are a product of the laborers that run the roam the fields and work the machines. They are a product of the tractor, pesticides, fertilizer. The energy to run the machines and deliver the food. The ingenuity that it took to take the energy out of the ground.
We need to keep moving in a direction that compounds on this hard work we have already achieved. We need geniuses and hard workers to create new and more ingenious ways to harvest energy and use it more efficiently. We can not take a step back and say we have enough now, its time to just give it out.