"The universal income has been tried before in Soviet Socialism.
It has been above and beyond universal income. In a socialist system most of the people had a place to live, a job, education was free, healthcare was free, one or two years maternity and the pay was more or less the same for all professions. Socialism failed miserably and It will keep failing every single time."
Soviet socialism failed because of things other than free access to basic human needs and services. Ever heard of the word totalitarianism? Dictatorship of the proletariat? None of the (saner) advocates of UBI propose trading our FB/Twitter trolling/ranting rights for a monthly underage pension. UBI with the excess baggage of Soviet-style lifestyle control (can't choose where you want to live, travel, whoreship, etc) won't fly. Now show me an example of UBI implemented by a country as democratic, even if superficially, as Switzerland, the US or Canada, and then we can have a meaningful discussion.