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Basic Income Grant - Bottom-Up Economic Stabilization

Have you ever heard of the term "Basic Income Grant"?

It means that every member of a society receives a certain amount of money every month, no exceptions, no requirements. This amount should at least guarantee existence minimum and a dignified living.

This would enable everyone to be part of the social and economic network and quickly increase trade and wealth. It also has many positive effects on how people feel, gives them hope and security.

Bringing up this topic always leads to massive criticism. To me, that's because a basic income grant heavily collides with the "nothing-is-free" concept most people have in their weird minds. Greatest justice leads to injustice in perception.

The next big point is, that everyone would just stop working and simply consume everything, and the economy would dry up.

Some folks in Namibia decided they had nothing to lose anyway and simply try it out. Live. With a few thousand people. The money that was handed out was financed.

Here's what's happening there and how it indeed created better circ**stances in a poor country: http://www.bignam.org/

This is a great bottom-up approach to "heal" a broken and disadvantaged society like in many third-world states. I like it a lot and would also love to see it in Western countries. That way we could reduce bureaucracy to a minimum and all live happier lives. Why? Because a lot of "perceived pressure" would be taken off our shoulders... You do the math.

Next time I'll write about Micro Credits.

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Comment by Elastika on March 20, 2010 at 2:48pm
Felix, definitely basic income grant is an interesting concept. I studied it a year ago and I think the wealthy part of the world could easily afford it. However I think the system really doesn't want to give people more free time to do meaningful things, instead of just worrying how they will survive. Then people could be less obedient ...
Comment by Felix Albus on March 20, 2010 at 6:51pm
That's it. I think if we want to survive in the long run, we need a much better economic organization in our Western countries, much more sustainable. Our hardcore turbo capitalism makes us focus ways too much on our own, and our possessions. The community thought is lost. Competition everywhere...
Comment by Lynn Caldwell on March 22, 2010 at 4:24pm
Isn't the UK benefit system kind of the same idea? If you earn below a certain amount, you recieve income support and housing benefit - if you are ill you get disability allowance and a car and if you have loads of kids to support you get family benefit etc... how is your system different to our welfare state, here in the UK?

I'd like to see a basic bottom, and a top as well - people shouldn't be allowed to have more money than a wh*** country - I don't know how to solve it, incorporate it, administer it or anything, but I think its just as morally wrong for people not to have enough as it is when people have WAY too much.

I've followed the link...great stuff!!! Now the governments know it works, they should stop having bloody conferences for loads of countries that cost millions in air charter, security, chauffeurs, car hire, room hire, overnight hotels, expenses claims, translators, PA's, freebies, lunches, staff to cook lunches, serving people, electric powered microphones and wages and instead, give the money where it can definately be proven to help - and use an online video conferencing site for their dodgy political dealings instead!
Comment by Felix Albus on March 22, 2010 at 4:41pm
Yeah, well, given the fact that how we organize democracy today is on a technical level of maybe 1900.. and there hasn't been any progress ever since... I don't believe we can expect much change. The internet is the most ideal tool to rethink the way we are organized. However, to me it seems power has been used to preserve itself rather than to create, ever since.

By the way I am richer than most countries :P
Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on March 22, 2010 at 6:28pm
+1KS. This is interesting. In Kenya we are trying a "livelihood revitalization program to foster a range of income-generating activities" which is proving successful. It is only available to a specific group of persons. More info here
Comment by Felix Albus on March 22, 2010 at 10:01pm
That's awesome. Why not write about it?
Comment by Simon Anthony on March 23, 2010 at 10:26pm
The Green Party in the UK has been going on about the 'Basic Income Scheme' for at least 20 years to my knowledge. longer ago than that there was a thing called the 'Enterprise Allowance' which gave people the then very good £40 a week wage as a basic income with which to start a company. I took it up and started 'Tortoisesoft Enterprises' which almost still exists today ( when I take the time to write code ).
It's a great idea and it works in the UK too.
Comment by Lynn Caldwell on March 23, 2010 at 10:48pm
Well, Mr Rich dude...if you lived in my imaginary country, you wouldn't be allowed to have it - you'd be sitting/balalancing on it in the naughty corner ;P
Comment by Felix Albus on March 24, 2010 at 12:31am
nope. basic income per person. it's like a birth right. if it's sic persons in your family you'd get six times the sum. That's a base everyone should be able to secure their lives.
Comment by Felix Albus on March 24, 2010 at 12:33am
Agent Caldwell, most countries are deeper in debt that I am. Technically I am richer then.


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