1. Citizen’s Income would guarantee a basic, government-administered, living allowance to all citizens.
2. It would be paid for by existing rates of income and consumption taxes.
3. It would make work less essential but would not abolish it. All that would be abolished would be the pointless and demeaning work usually done out of economic necessity.
4. The idea of a bread line would become redundant.
5. Tax money would no longer be spent on the massive bureaucratic architectures that currently support the welfare systems.
6. The “stipend” (currently in the expensive and threatened forms of welfare, disability benefit, tax relief etc) would no longer be undignified or demoralizing since everyone would be in receipt of it.
7. People who still want to work, could afford to take their time over finding the right job.
8. Since people would no longer be desperate for work, employment standards would have to be higher. People would be able to take less shit in the workplace since they’d be better empowered to walk away from bad work situations.
9. Part-time work would become a more reasonable employment option. It might even become the norm.
10. People could spend their unemployed time doing something useful for themselves or for society instead of flipping patties in fast food outlets or watching the red hand of the office clock tick away their youth.
For clarification (since this discussion began with the Player Piano dystopia) we do not need a system of machine automation in order to make Citizen’s Income feasible. But Citizen’s Income could be a solution to the human employment crisis after the robot uprising.