A basic what??
There are many different ideas about..., definitions of... and names for that basic income thing. But for our project it’s not important to define it exactly... Our goal is to promote the idea to people who have never heard of this before and did not study economics. We just want to make people think about their future, their lifes... That’s why we like the simple and straight definition from the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network:
The Basic Income Guarantee is an unconditional, government-insured guarantee that all citizens will have enough income to meet their basic needs.
Yes, for us that’s pretty much what it’s all about: meet our basic needs. Because... if we don’t have to fight to survive anymore we can focus on our other needs. Or other people’s needs. Or something completely else.
We can UNLEASH LIFE! :)
But... why would anyone still want to work??
[We need a smart answer here. Could please anyone from the Basic Income scene help us out here? Thank you! (: ]
Today, many people work because they have to. They have to do dirty work to buy food and to have a place to sleep, to be able to meet basic needs, i.e. they are forced to. They accept very low pay and bad treatment due to the constant fear of losing the dirty work. There’s a word for this: SLAVERY!
There are only 2 sane solutions to get people to do dirty work. Everyone knows that it has to be done. So we would share the dirty work. (Like we share house work. We do share house work, right?) OR: We pay someone to do it. Of course we would have to pay enough to make it lucrative.
But if it would be more lucrative to clean toilets than to steal cars or to sell drugs to kids we all would have less problems...
To dig deeper into this topic we recommend the great wikipedia article about the Basic Income...
What do you think about the Basic Income?
Feel free to ask any question below in the comments section!