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Which crime replaces the hustle and bustle in a society with a basic income of the citizens?

I think I am beginning to understand your question. The problem many (most?) Answers had is that basic income would not eliminate such crimes as humans would always would still find themselves in situations in which the income would not be sufficient to cover their expenses. In this context, poverty is not about income or even wealth, but about not having enough cash. It is a cash flow problem like some banks or even countries have suffered in recent years.

Such a problem cannot be eliminated by a static basic income that does not even attempt to compensate for known factors. People would still have problems. Errare humanum est and so on.

In addition to the basic income, you still need active intervention to deal with temporary problems and special circumstances. There had to be a case that people could turn to when they need help instead of turning to crime.

In modern welfare systems, this is generally either the community and its social services, as in the Nordic countries and presumably in the rest of Europe, or a private company providing short-term credit. As a rule, if you have problems like gambling or (other) addiction, try to cover them with credit first, and then contact social services after the credit expires. Unfortunately, social services can't really force you to get rid of your addiction or other problems. The best they can do is to rely on personal effort for their help. Which is useless to people with serious problems and leaves crime as a last resort. Or first, when the person already knows that the system cannot help them. Or just think that crime is easier than dealing with the system.

So what is needed is a system that will proactively monitor such issues without relying on people's self-reporting and then enforce treatment or therapy to fix them. I believe that with this addition on top of the basic income and normal social services we already have, you are committing such crimes really as a significant factor could .

My name meaning sucks, but I would be amused to call this "big brother" service "the police" for historical reasons. I'm something of a history buff and everything.

Now that we have dealt with the preparations for such a society to exist, we can turn to the turn to the actual question : "What would the police usually do in such a society?" We also know the answer: you would actively prevent crime.

The system required for this type of observation would likely be highly automated as it would not really be designed to deal with people who are actively trying to evade detection. Simply combine and analyze some economic, medical and social data and flag "bad patterns" for direct confirmation by police or social services. So it would probably be less intrusive than Facebook or Google, although it's even more persistent.

The same system can be extended to many other forms of crime preceded by regular patterns. A society like this would create fully psychological profiles of its citizens and then intervene before the problem leads to something that is expensive or even impossible to treat.

This would leave behind crimes motivated by politics or religion. In all fairness, most of the crimes considered as such are caused by mental health problems and would be prevented as usual.

So my guess is that police intervene mainly by visiting system-flagged people with a social worker, or maintaining order in areas with drunk people or potentially unstable foreigners. And of course only to be visibly present. Although a policy of proactive intervention would offset a lot of presence.

I doubt this is the answer you wanted or the society you envisioned, but at least it is an answer to your question.

And there would still be crimes, so you would still need some people investigating them.


That's exactly the answer I was hoping for. Not the answer I would have come up with, but the exact answer I was looking for. :) :)