2020 WATCH: Mark Zuckerberg touts free money for all
Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg praised the concept of basic income, telling Harvard students it was his strong support network that allowed him to take risks and succeed without the fear of failure.
The Facebook FB, -0.83% CEO, with a net worth topping $60 billion, explained that everybody — rich or poor — should be given the opportunity to chase their dreams without financial shackles. It’s something that would benefit society as a whole, but “we don’t do nearly enough to make it easy for everyone to take long shots,” he said.
His recent trip to Alaska only seemed to cement his view. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say in a Facebook post on Tuesday:
‘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. 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.’