New Party In Spain For Basic Income Wins Seats & More News
|June 12, 2014||Posted by Staff under Activism|
These two 2014 excerpts are of (1) Common Progress, May 20, by Jeremiah Luttrell; and (2) Basic Income News, June 1 by Karl Widerquist.
Basic Income in America: Welfare Aid in Direct Cash
Earlier this year, news sources have reported that voters in Switzerland are considering a Basic Income of $2,750 a month, for every person, regardless if they work or not. A Basic Income is a proposed system of social security in which all citizens or residents of a country receive an unconditional sum of money.
Nobody else has the right to tell you what you can best contribute to the world. There are a few people who would be parasites, but most people actually want to feel that they have contributed something to society.
One supporter among the political-right is Charles Murray, a libertarian political scientist and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Murray supports the Basic Income because he believes it’ll replace the current bureaucratically administered welfare system that costs more money than the Basic Income would.
So there’s no more food stamps; there’s no more Medicaid; you just go down the whole list. None of that’s left. The government gives money; other human needs are dealt with by other human beings in the neighborhood, in the community, in the organizations.
Another supporter among the political-right is Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. It is simple and fair because it gives a lump sum of money to everyone. The minimum income assumes that they, better than anyone else in Washington, know what they need.
Even one of the greatest thinkers in libertarian thought, Friedrich Hayak, supported a Basic Income: The assurance of a certain minimum income for everyone, or a sort of floor below which nobody need fall even when he is unable to provide for himself, appears not only to be wholly legitimate protection against a risk common to all, but a necessary part of the Great Society in which the individual no longer has specific claims on the members of the particular small group into which he was born.
The Basic Income can also replace unemployment insurance, Social Security, disability coverage, and the federal minimum wage. It can either streamline or replace the US Department of Education and National School Lunch Program.
New Political Party that Endorses BIG Takes 5 Seats in European Parliament
Podemos, a new Spanish political party that includes unconditional basic income (UBI) as one of its main economic policy objectives, has won five seats in the European Parliament. Organized barely three months before elections, the party seemed to come out of nowhere to a win nearly 8% of the vote (1.2 million votes) and finish in fourth place in the elections held on May 25, 2014.
Podemos (which means “we can”) grew out of the anti-austerity protest movement known as Indignados. It claims to be a party of ordinary citizens who desire a fundamental change in the political process toward greater democracy, freedom, and social protection.
If the citizens don’t get involved in politics, others will. And that opens the door to them robbing you of democracy, your rights, and your wallet.
Party leaders promise to accept a salary of no more than three times the Spanish minimum wage.
The party also supports reducing the working week to 35 hours and lowering the retirement age to 60.
Ed. Notes: It’s great to see people willing to help the needy but it’d be even better if people could see that society has a surplus that belongs to everyone and if we shared it fairly, there’d be no need to create a basic or minimum extra income. It’s ironic that supporters propose paying this extra income but do not explore how to fund it. If they did, then they’d have to see the surplus, our common wealth, now merely funding a few private fortunes, and of course they’d call for sharing it.