Leif Gram: Mr. Fix

В чем состоят basic needs?

David Friedman: A reasonably objective definition of “basic needs” might be “enough food and shelter so that their lack would not greatly reduce your life expectancy.” To make it more precise, replace “greatly reduce” with “reduce at least in half relative to those who had such food and shelter.” What would that work out to?

There are parts of the U.S. where housing is pretty cheap, down to about $100/room/month, probably less if I searched further. Assume that people are packed in ten beds to a room, along the lines of housing for tramps in London as described by Orwell in Down and Out in London and Paris. That gets annual housing cost per person down to about a hundred dollars.

On further thought, that’s too high. There are parts of the U.S. where the weather is temperate enough so that living outdoors, perhaps with a roof to shelter you from the rain, is not a serious risk to health. So all you need is some empty land in such an area, enough roofs for everyone to huddle under when it rains, and local authorities willing to put up with the land being used as a refuge for the homeless. Cost per person close to zero. Add a little for porta-potties and a water supply.

I should probably include clothing. [...]

Adding it all up, it looks as though a serious estimate of the cost of “basic needs” in the U.S. at present, taking the term seriously as describing what it takes to stay alive, would come to something around $500/year.
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часто вспоминаем, как ты доказал, что мороженое энергетически невыгодно
смешно не это-)
смешно то, что это именно ты мне доказал-)
и я таки тоже часто люблю всем рассказывать эту историю.
Когда медицина научится поддерживать бесконечную жизнь, аргумент "at least in half" потеряет свою силу. Придётся уже делить дискретно: либо поддерживать, либо на мусорник.
иные и сейчас с внешними признаками жизни считают, что они на мусорнике.
Кстати да. Должно ли государство обеспечить бессмертие для всех?