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Zuckerberg Calls for Universal Income, New ‘Social Contract’

May 26, 2017

mark-zuckerberg-harvard-degree.600x400Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called on the need to consider universal basic income for Americans during his Harvard Commencement Speech.

Zuckerberg’s comments reflect those of other Silicon Valley bigwigs, including Sam Altman, the president of venture capital firm Y Combinator.

“Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract,” Zuckerberg said during his speech. “We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”

Zuckerberg said that, because he knew he had a safety net if projects like Facebook had failed, he was confident enough to continue on without fear of failing. Others, he said, such as children who need to support households instead of poking away on computers learning how to code, don’t have the foundation Zuckerberg had. Universal basic income would provide that sort of cushion, Zuckerberg argued.

69 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • joleenworden says:

    Zuckerberg does not seem to recall that Communism failed, because I do not want to give a chunk of my hard earned money to those who do nothing, but still get a paycheck. I also have a problem with group projects in public schools where one or two kids do all the work but three or four get the grade. I think Mark is very immature despite his millions. He does not understand how capitalism actually works, when everyone is doing their best and not leaching off society. People should be rewarded for their efforts, not because they exist. Sadly Zuckerberg got his millions without much hard work. He thinks he is some kind of modern day Robin Hood, so I suggest he donate all his millions to others, sell his mansion, and live like a pauper. Of course that will never happen as the rich only preach, they do not actually practice.

  • Bob says:

    Let’s take all the money earned in the US and put it in one big pot. Every dime earned by movie stars, athletes, corporate big shots, politicians, singers, and the poor. Every lawyer, doctor, carpenter, electrician, school teacher, college professor, fire fighter, police officer, drug dealer, pimp, hooker put their money into the pot, not holding back a dime. We hold that money in Iowa then divide it by the total number of people in the US, legally and illegally, and give each person an equal share. Work hard, build your business, pay for people to work? You get the exact same as the person who has decided to sit on the street corner and drink/drug their life away. Housing will be divided the same way. Each person gets a living space built to exact government specs. No more mansions or luxury condos. Everybody gets the same sized living space, solely based on the number living in the family. You have a family of five? You get 5 pieces of the money pie and a house built for the square footage of 5 times the allotted space. All schooling will be paid for by the state and free to the students. No more religious or other private schooling for elites. It would be an absolute utopia. Of course, doing this and Liberals would have nothing to wank about, so that would drive them crazy. (Hmmmm… an upside?)

  • Olaf Thunderfoot says:

    If this is how he feels he should pay this “universal income!”

  • Phyllis Handkins says:

    Of course he does. He doesn’t have to work anymore. What a total idiot, albeit a very rich idiot.

  • mad max says:

    THE demoRATS and muslims r the WAR on American,long live President Trump! GOD bless the United States Of American!LIBERALISM Is It Mental Illness or Demonic Oppression?

  • mad max says:

    rocky • 5 hours ago,keep this in mind

    In defense of Donald Trump: Try to keep these points in mind,

    Donald Trump did not steal your money.

    Donald Trump did not raise your taxes.

    Donald Trump did not quadruple the price of food.

    Donald Trump is not starting a race war.

    Donald Trump did not leave any US soldiers in Benghazi to be slaughtered and desecrated by Muslims.

    Donald Trump did not send the US Navy to fight for Syrian Al-Qaeda.

    Donald Trump did not arm ISIS and systematically exterminate Christians throughout the Middle East.

    Donald Trump did not betray Israel.

    President Trump didn’t creator a 20,000,000,000,000$ debt.

  • mad max says:

    another rich libTARD demoRAT SNOWFLAKE feeling guilty about having money,bet nobody who works for him makes as much as he does!

  • cathylovesyou says:

    I just looked up Zuckerbery, it means Jerk with money. This is the nuttiness our youth hears and believes. No wonder so many are clueless. When you rise to number one, you want everyone to be honest and forthright, but you started it wasn’t so true We remember you Zuckyberger.

  • Bishop351 says:

    And of course Zuckerberg is someone we should all listen to – Mr Social Media contract. The king of narcissistic bullying via Facebook who espouses that the many should live off the backs of those that work to get ahead. The epitome of the Democratic jackass.

  • parthenon1 says:

    how wonderful ! we would have millions more who are working and hate it who would quit add these to the real poor ( more than 1/2 of the amount now are just lazy and refuse to work) and people like the Zuckerberg’s would finally see their wealth tapped to pay the tab and then listen to them scream ! Not only this problem but consider those intelligent and skilled entrepreneur types would have most of the $ given to those who don’t work in less than 2 years and that’s not a bad thing!

  • Jim Strong says:

    Zuckerberg just another member of the American Democrate Communist Party.

  • Just1Saddletramp says:

    “…. a role we find meaningful….” ?? Too many of today’s generation think a meaningful role is sitting on their keister doing nothing

  • Richard Bagenstose says:

    just like he don’t like walls , but builds them around his house, hay zookie baby , nothing is stopping you from mailing checks out to everyone,like all liberal give out freebies and make the tax payers pay for them, when you can come up with a freebie we tax payers don’t have to fund , let me know

  • gene613 says:

    It never fails to amaze that someone’s success in one area becomes the license to surmonize and propagate the non sensensical mindless rehash of Orwell’s thought police or the now defunct Communist Party of the Soviet Union.Not surprizingly,Harvard loves to cater to and promote the pap its vaunted graduates KNOW has NEVER succeeded anywhere but in some now unread manifestos.

  • Jim says:

    Great I want what your getting paid, Zuckerberg! And I want you and the Slave hiring, Silicon Valley bigwigs to pay for it! In fact you should pay for every one’s income increases. After all, it is because of you freaks, that we have fewer jobs, and lower incomes, and much higher costs!

  • Janis says:

    What a LOON !!!!!

  • Honorable Servant says:

    The brightest and best will leave the market place and work only enough to let the man provide for their needs. This is really how we premote great people and great ideas. I think his money went to his head and replaced common sense. God help the students graduating at that college.

  • Rachel says:

    Yeah, these rich socialists should give their money instead of expecting the average taxpayer who works hard for their money to fund their idea.

  • Sounds like Commie speak. Odd how so many ultra rich think it is their obligation to tell the commoners what they can have or what they need. Notice the big deference between Zuckerberg and Trump?

  • David Wayne Ray says:

    Great ! Another pecker head libtard with a stupid ass opinion

  • luisa aranda says:

    if he believes in redistribution of wealth why is he not giving his vast fortune AWAY….

    1. gvette says:

      Redistribution of wealth, is the government redistributing yours.As for Mark, I’ll bet his is off shore!

  • Rick Vitti says:

    Yea then NO ONE has to grow up and become responsible for their own actions. Great idea silver spoon boy

  • McFerguson says:

    We already have our “Social Contract” with the federal government. It’s called the U.S. Constitution. If Zuckerberg is so eager to give away his money, nothing prevents him from setting up his own personal distribution system to do it. How about it, Zuck. Just do it. We don’t need the federal government involved, they piss away too much of our money as it is.

  • ONTIME says:

    You can tell this kid is being duped by the white guilt group….He made his fame and fortune by his own effort and built a empire with the use of good info and hired help he could afford…he accomplished this feat in a free market system under the legal capitalist laws of biz and aspiration, to be the best you can in a country that protects you while you perform to be your best…..Now the guy is becoming a denier, he thinks of himself as a scab, his own God given ability has nothing to do with how he achieved and the government will make sure he will be alive working to make them money forever….Time for the Zucker to forfeit his fortune to the unaccomplished masses and they in turn will make him proud…I’ll bet he won’t do a damn thing but run his mouth…..We just don’t need another guilt ridden, rich socialist clown….

  • Rock says:

    $uckerberg… Another “I’m a god”. A $ $ H O L E…..

  • Bay0Wulf says:

    Ummmm …
    Yeah … that’s JUST what we need …
    I’m guessing that he feels that Welfare isn’t just that?
    I’m guessing he doesn’t realize that once many people start getting “something for nothing” they simply come to expect it whether they merit it or not …

    I’m pretty sure that Zuckerberg is one of those people who simply “Lucked Out”. That is, I believe even from the material I’ve seen on him. he really had no idea where he was going with FaceBook … in fact, originally it was going to be some relatively small bulletinboard type of thing and … somehow the World was ready for “something” like FaceBook and FaceBook was born.

    I guess if life hands you stuff basically for free … you feel the World should give free stuff to everyone else … I mean, its only “Fair” …

  • Karll says:

    Let zuckerberg support all those dead beats.

  • Askjrsk says:

    President Yrump wants equality and is doing something about it. Working for America and creating jobs. Tech companies the worst bring foreign workers here to do hi tech and taking jobs from Americans You know Disney and Silicon Valley, rapists they are.

  • Cadfael says:

    Easy to talk about equality and socialism when you roll in the dough, he owns a huge walled in estate in Hawaii and runs law suits to have native Hawaiians kicked off their ancestral land so he can complete his compound and enjoy 100% privacy. Equality I think not; anyway not with his money. Liberals, especially the rich billionaire liberals like Zuckerberg, Buffet, Gates, and Soros, always have the urge to spend other people’s money, and while they claim to “go after the rich, and tax the rich,” usually it is the mass amounts of money they “tax”, or in more plain text they steal from those with less money than them (in other words the middle class) they have designs on spending. Zuckerberg is just another liberal from the Jackass Party peddling his latest -ism snake oil to the brainwashed and the intellectually impaired and that includes most of today’s academia, and the Hollywood crowd.

    1. Askjrsk says:

      It’s all about virtue signaling. Gulf Stream liberals Or poorer people call them limousine liberals. Feel so bad as they drive buy. How altruistic as they rape us.

      1. Cadfael says:

        They are crying into their beer about how bad they are as they make sure no one else gets a chance to become as rich as they are by promoting socialism that will keep everyone else equally poor and miserable. Hypocrites patronizing the nation and lecturing us to the power of infinite. Wait,where’s my b@rf bag? As the German-Jewish painter Max Liebermann once stated in regards to the Nazis “I can’t eat as much as I’d like to v@mit!”

        1. Askjrsk says:

          Spot on.

  • Askjrsk says:

    Yes. I want much less for him, and I want my own Gulf Stream and garage full of expensive exotic cars and a nice yacht. And make Progressive to pay their claims we bought insurance for. A big towne house, a beach house and a house in the mountains, of Italy. For all of us not just Zukerberg and DiCaprio.

  • John says:

    the good book says: if you want to eat you should work. It also says to LEND to the poor and your reward shall be great in Heaven. Notice it says Lend.

  • John says:

    zucker is a nut job let him donate everything he has towards the national debt and help out his fellow liberals instead of taxing the rest of us.

  • Jean Langford M. says:

    I suggest you fund the Social programs out of your own “Billions”..Then Leave monetary advancement up to the individual via their own initiative…”No freebees hoss…”…Your work and brains dictate your income…Can you dig it ???

    1. goldie says:

      Not only work and brains dictate income, but for many corruption does too; the more you sell your soul, the more money you have.

      1. Jean Langford M. says:

        That is a affront to every honest working American …Piss off TROLL

        1. goldie says:

          I don’t see why the truth offends anyone. If you believe hrc, pelosi and many others made their money honestly, I’ve got a bridge I can sell you. And you are a rude person to say that to me just because I have an opinion different from yours.

          1. Jean Langford M. says:


          2. gvette says:

            You might want to rethink the name calling. If you think for a second, those she mentioned cam by their wealth by working, you are the fool.They used their positions in politics.

          3. Jean Langford M. says:


          4. gvette says:

            Nancy P never worked a day in her life. Maxine Waters used her potion in politics to get rich, including her investments in Russia. I always thought you had half a brain, jean.

          5. Jean Langford M. says:


          6. gvette says:

            I was wrong. You’re a loud mouthed empty headed DemonRAT!. Like the rest of your ilk.
            That’s one of many, DemonDICK.

          7. Jean Langford M. says:

            Awwwwww that the best you can do …You did not state any names you brainless zealot moron…Read from the top (Again) ass wipe…Pull your head out of your ass. ..Get your story straight ..Insane nut.

          8. gvette says:

            Click on the the link. It spells out Water’s investments in Russia. Wait, you don’t know how. I was wrong. You are a dumb fuck DemonRAT!

          9. Jean Langford M. says:

            That is so FKD up just like your head troll …Piss off….Your a fkg idiot.

          10. gvette says:

            You DemonFUCKS hate facts. Because it shows how crooked you are. Well, in your case, just stupid!

          11. Jean Langford M. says:

            For your general information numb nut I am a conservative…Lastly …Having “Never” committed a crime, I have never been charged with a crime…I am retired Combat military and Air Traffic Control Facility Chief…I am a registured Republican…I stay clear of fruit cakes like you because your a fkg idiot…So piss off Troll …LOL …LOL…

          12. gvette says:

            If what you say is true, then you should appreciate facts.then again, you’re the name calling troll. Did you learn that in the military? I’ll bet not. You were born that way.

          13. Jean Langford M. says:

            Fk you troll ..You have $hit for brains..You never served in the military and with your meely Snowflake mouth would have your ass shoved right up between your ears,your a Fkg idiot..Go blow yourself…Piss off sissy…

          14. Jim Bill Wells says:

            Evidently Not -you think your big Army ass allows you to act like God -you only a puny piece of shit -regardless if you are a Republican-so am I Bitch -my family is Army all the way back to World Warm II bitch-Your foul mouth shows you only learned disrespect in the Army–nothing but a foul mouth skank with no manners!

          15. Jean Langford M. says:

            your a punk ass Yellow belly sissy….So now you hide behind your ancestors to bolster your reputation and standing in this retort,what a cowardly thing to do…PATHETIC…. FK OFF TROLL…LOL…LOL

          16. goldie says:

            Look, I stated very clearly WHOM I though sold their souls for money – there was no mention of average Americans or I would have been accusing myself as well. I am unsure why there was a misunderstanding, but I still think you are over the top.

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  • astrojohn says:

    Geez, what a dumbshit! First, Mr Z can distribute HIS vast fortune to whomever he chooses and live like the rest of us peons, not in his zillion dollar mansion. No armed bodyguards, by the way, just use his charm to fend of thieves and muggers.

  • Richard Schnedorf says:

    Let the Mark fund this from all his ill gotten gains from de-facebook. He could take it as a tax deduction.

  • messup says:

    If Mr. Zuckerberg believes in Universal Income, how then does he explain his company’s intense recruiting of H-1B (Indian origin aliens) deliberately designed to undermine American-born citizens employment in his organization and satellite businesses? HUH??? Also, like Disney enterprises firing of 250 American born IT professionals, only to be replaced with cheaper $6,000 dollar a year foreign nationals. All Silicon valley companies “Talk a good talk’ while failing miserably in the second half of this employment equation, i.e., “Walking-the-good-walk.” Elitist USA Globalists, hire American born nationals, pay them the American salary so they can advance into the American Dream and Middle Class. Then these same American born citizens can pay down their student loans, have a family and tithe their religious convictions. Also, donations to charities of their choice will help homelessness and local community shelters…something “globalists” will never, ever do. Why?, one asks. “Globalists” by definition, are “greedy.” It’s “haves” vs. “have nots.” Pray. Amen. God Bless America and ALL Americans. Read A Bible. NKJV. Psalm 128 (God’s Law).

    1. Askjrsk says:

      President Trump MAGA

    2. ONTIME says:

      The Zuck’r thinks that if he removes that silver screw in his belly button, his ass will fall off….

    3. Gardener8 says:

      Your comments are spot on. Great response.

  • RICARDO says:

    Great, now show us the way by donating all your assets except those that would provide a universal average annual income. Spoken like a true Marxi.st

  • roboteq says:

    This is but another Utopian dream that, while really admirable to think about, cannot work any better than any other Socialist utopian dream. A wise man, thousands of years ago said; “There will be poor always.” This is a profound statement, no matter if you believe that wise man just a man or something much more, or not. The fact is, no matter how much we try to eliminate poverty, it cannot be achieved due to human factors. No matter how much is provided to some, they will always be poor. No matter how little is given to others, they will find ways to become wealthy. This is the human factor of individualism and no amount of Socialism can change it.
    The strongest society is the one that allows for opportunities for everyone to strive to succeed. The weakest societies are those where the masses are controlled by a hierarchy that provides just enough to prevent subjects from seeking to better themselves. Humans need to feel a sense of accomplishment to be fulfilled. That is why so many on government welfare programs that require nothing in return for that welfare, turn to crime. If they get a job, their welfare will be taken from them. So they supplement their income as well as satisfy their need to accomplish something by working in criminal activities.
    So, if we want to breed more criminals, while demeaning potentially good citizens, let’s keep throwing money at them for no reason.

    1. RICARDO says:

      Well said

  • pappy450 says:

    just another LIBTARD “socialist”. If he wants to distribute wealth, distribute his OWN. I guess he just doesn’t understand yet that TAXPAYERS “fund” the “government”..No one working and paying those taxes…No money for idiots like him to “distribute”

  • Robert says:

    He probably should grow up before he start dispensing “wisdom”.

    1. goldie says:

      Amen. Give an ape a few bucks and he thinks he has wisdom.

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