From a Finnish perspective: if you don't own anything and don't provide for yourself, you deserve poverty. Not absolute poverty, but definitely relative poverty. And on top of that if you do work you should get a lot more than from not working or it creates a heavy disincentive towards working at all. UBI, if implemented should cover a meager existence while the main point (because this is a Nordic nanny state that will cover your basic needs) is making the workforce more flexible. edit. Any income "cap" is fucking stupid. What the poor and downtrodden need is not solved with money. They need obnoxious amounts of human resources and near-infinite patience.