Beyond changing lives materially, instituting a universal basic income can change America’s political mind in humane directions

The concept — and in some cases actual and already-existing policy — of a universal basic income has generated a provocative debate, fascinating in the fact it has garnered enthusiastic support from both the left and the right while also becoming the target of harsh and anxious critique from both the left and the right.

The more mega-capitalists like Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes, Elon Musk, and the…