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The power of giving and receiving || Living Income Guaranteed

In a world where paying billions for weapons and state of the art technology to kill is more important than providing houses, food, water, medical assistance, proper quality education and environmental conditions, where voting for a contestant in a TV show is the closest form of direct democracy that exists, where our governments are in fact a mafia of a few that have taken over the world, we cannot trust any longer that ‘asking for change’ or ‘voting for change’ will do the trick of re-establishing any form of dignity that we believe we once had, which is also doubtful considering that if such principle of self determination genuinely existed, we would not be existing with structures that have benefited a few and not everyone.

We tend to individualize issues in our societies like bad wages, women’s rights, immigration issues, anti-war, environmental or anti-government movements, racism, consumerism and this is a limited way of looking at the problem, because we tend to miss the set of relationships, beliefs and ways to consider one another that have created this divided and conquered mentality, because the problem is not the lack of animal rights, or environmental rights, or indigenous people’s rights – but it is about understanding how it is that all relationships that enable our lives as they exist now have been violated through and by the power we’ve all given and endowed to money itself. Therefore, in a globalized reality, we require global solutions as well, and by global it is the actual consideration of ourselves as human beings above nationalities, races, creeds, genres, political or corporate affiliations, because in the end any solution must consider the impact It will have upon everyone’s living right in it, including those that we have also ‘blamed’ for being the cause of the problem and those that we have mostly abused as ‘fuel’ to power up our lives, such as nature, the animals.

 

Greed is Fear - Equal Life

 

The Living Income Guaranteed by the Equal Life Foundation is not only an advocacy group for the provision of a basic income or a living income for those that previously had no money in order to live in dignity, but it is in fact a democratic movement that has in its core intent the realization that we, the people, the individuals are the ones that will create this change – it’s not about asking, it’s not about fearing politics or moving people ‘off the grid,’ but actually realizing how we have held ourselves hostages by our own will through abdicating our responsibility to take care of our own matters, our own lives, to work together by principles that enable supportive structures and not by survival-mechanisms where we learn how to fear one another. Therefore, it is about realizing that we all hold the actual power to change things which is a common sentence, however it is the shortest way to say that change won’t come only through a petition done to the already existent and established governments, nor demanding that we simply can ‘wake up’ – it implies the fundamental change that we require to consider that LIFE can be different if we start taking responsibility for the problems that are most immediate and that affect us all. The lack of money is certainly the first and most usual problem in our lives, however it is also the lack of empathy and support toward one another which has then created the nature of the economic system as it is: we’ve valued the illusion of power and being able to have ‘more than others’ as more than life itself.

Change at a world system level can only be legitimized by collective agreements, and so politics is the set of ways in which we choose to direct each others’ lives. If we have a look, by abhorring politics we’re implying the decision that we don’t want to take actually direct our lives. That’s how a real movement for change is political in nature: looking at all the aspects of the problem to understand How we have created it and so how we can begin to solve it at an individual and collective level. If we know the problem, we can know the solution and so we can join to present these solutions and create political parties where we can place these solutions as an option to vote on in a democratic exercise where Voting means we all commit to live out the necessary changes, alignments, considerations that can ensure the implementation of these changes, where we can also begin learning how to respect and honor each other, not only through providing money as our Right to Life, but also as human beings that coexist in the same world where everyone’s interest should be our own as well. We can only now begin to understand the reason why we are where we are and how we are now:  we live in a world where we’ve accepted that everyone wants to win above the other, use another for personal gain, have more than everyone else as a form of being superior – without realizing that when such mentality takes over: we are already giving one step back into the old ways which is how we brought us to the problem in the first place.

Therefore, there’s much more to learn beyond making decisions, it is about also how to live the decisions and working on what we decide to take responsibility for and do it the best way possible – no matter if you are a student, a mother, a father, a son, a teacher, a sports person, a business owner, a traveler, an artist, an engineer, a cleaner, an entrepreneur: we all have the ability to think what we would like our lives to be, and so realize that living life the best way possible should not be a dream or a wishful thinking process – it is about being able to first get to know how the system currently operates and so understand that each one of us in our every day relationships make up the nature and characteristics of the system as it is that we usually only complain about. From there we can realize that implementing solutions will imply making alignments in the system and so at the same time making alignments within ourselves too, developing empathy, regard, respect and honor toward oneself and another.

One example is considering that with the provision of money to those that previously had been oppressed, marginalized and quieted down in our societies, they will then also have to be supported to be informed participants in the construction of a democratic society for the first time. Never before have we seen and realized that it is ourselves, the majority, the collectivity that will empower those that have been deliberately left out of the equation; so it is our responsibility to equally empower them not only with giving them money, but with the much needed education about how we have created the system as a structure that has ‘left them out,’ so that we can ensure we don’t ever leave them behind again. Who else would better know the problems that the we have generated through our current rigged system but those whose lives have been systematically oppressed, denied, disrespected and denigrated within the fallacy of money being above and more important than life? And so, who will we become once we no longer have to fear each other? once we no longer have to fight against one another for survival? That’s yet to be lived.

 

Living Principles

 

With giving to one another the recognition of being alive through the provision of a Living Income also comes the responsibility of learning how to most effectively make decisions and create solutions that can benefit each other’s lives in turn – this is not taught in schools yet, and so a lot of common sense development will be required where we can begin changing the way we relate to ourselves, seeing and understanding how and why we compete toward one another, how we blame some for the problems in the world, how we worry and get preoccupied about the state of the world without occupying ourselves to structure, propose and implement any way of correcting ‘the ways of the system’ to stop the abuse and so walk the actual change.

It’s time to consider that giving money is giving the right to life within our current system structure, but this also comes with the responsibility of equally empowering each other through the way we treat each other and through the living principles and values to learn how to give to another as we would like to receive, how to work together instead of fighting each other to survive. This is part of the fundamental realizations that I’ve had when it comes to seeing the potential for change in this world: one aspect comes with the liberation of each other at a systematic level, but with this also comes the responsibility to learn how to best reflect, act and speak in consideration of what I see is best for myself and others as well – and so this is also implied within the promotion of the implementation of the Living Income Guaranteed system, an economic, political and social suggested model where with the provision of money as a right to life comes the ability to have more time to learn how we created this chronic crisis and how it is that ourselves at an individual level have co-created the current problem we’re existing in.

The actual empowerment comes with the realization of the responsibility we have toward ourselves as individuals also extends to the responsibility of how we live among each other – this is why it is relevant to understand all the aspects that have forged our lives the way it is, from the greed-driven economic systems and impositions to the political structures we’ve voted on, the riddles implied in our laws to reduce us to slaves by consent, the fallacies of our education systems, the dumbification of our intellect through media and entertainment, the pain-killer effects of belief systems, the divide and conquer power of cultural identities, the supremacist ideologies through national boundaries, the participation in forging our environmental decay, the throttling we’ve imposed onto nature and the animal kingdom, the profit-driven production of our living needs, the humiliating working conditions, the criminalization of poverty, the pathologies of our current family structures, the mental illnesses that have stemmed from living in a dog eat dog world and how we participate in our everyday relationships with one another, because all of these aspects are in fact influenced by money .

And so, through no longer coexisting in a constant threat of having no money tomorrow, a remarkable opportunity for a new and never before existent human nature will emerge, and it is our duty, our responsibility to ensure that granting each other the money to live and upgrading our living conditions, will also generate the availability of time to start learning the necessary for changing at an individual level once that we don’t spend over a third of our day at work but instead use our will to recognize the responsibility to also do our part in solving the problems that we have left slip through our hands and evolve into the current prison-planet that we’re living in, where we’ve even become enamored with our own imprisonment by praising the wealth that a minority has and desiring it as if it was a triumphant thing to obtain in this life – it is not, we’ve missed the meaning of Life all the way, and so it’s time to implement it here for the first time.

It’s time to wake up, it’s time to realize that becoming political as in becoming involved to become the change where we can join forces to promote this new way of conceiving life and reality with a set of eyes that want to support life, not greed or illusions of power structures. The Living Income Guaranteed is a democratic and political movement at a global and grassroots level where ordinary people are proposing a way to empower each other through providing financial support to every individual to live in dignity, along with the information and education necessary to never again repeat the words, the behaviors, the complacency, the irresponsibility that we have used as an excuse to not see that the crimes against life have been committed by all of us as well – there’s no need to blame to a few, we’re all here, therefore we all take part in the solutions as this is the only way out of the tunnel vision survival-reality we’ve lived through until now, the key is to support one another the way that we want support to be given to us as a guaranteed right as well.

Join us if you agree that change must happen within ourselves as well, let’s change the way we relate to one another and so, change the world.

 

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EU’s Basic Income Petition: What NOW?

285,041 people signed for the Universal Basic Income Petition in Europe but why didn’t it reach the million?

First of all, I agree that the petition in itself – no matter what the result is – has brought the idea of Basic Income to more people’s ears and eyes, making it known that there can be a way to fund each other’s right to have access to what we require to live as a fundamental human right. However, along the presentation of the petition, there is no explanation or proposition as to how the Basic Income can be financed… and this is from my perspective the ‘missing link’ to genuinely have people being interested about it and not merely see it as some kind of “indefinite unemployment benefits” or an unregulated form of welfare for everyone.

What might be a problem is that in the mind of the people that work, the idea of providing unconditional money to live sounds like ‘adding more taxes so that everyone can have unconditional income for the rest of their life’ – and as we know this also sounds like demotivation for people to take on a job and ‘be a productive member of society.’

So we have to first address the common fears that emerge when being presented with such a petition without presenting the plan, the scheme, the economic model that will enable the provision of a basic income in a sustainable manner. This is what is missing and I do say that it is a flaw since it is quite obvious that we are all living in such constant stress and worry about money, that the sheer idea of having to have more of your income cut by higher taxes to fund another form of ‘social security’ sounds like another burden to deal with, it would simply worsen things in a person’s mind when the whole picture is not considered, such as how paying lower wages and having to fund unemployment benefits and have ever growing poverty rates do not only affect those that ‘have no money’ but everyone gets equally affected since less money means less buyers, less economic vitality, more crimes, more health problems, more unemployment hence more stress, anxiety, survival tricks  that those with money also are affected with. However when this is not entirely presented and provided as immediate information and a reason to vote for a Basic Income, a person will simply act based on keeping the (limited but ‘known’) status quo and refrain from even getting to know more about Basic Income and its proven benefits to society. 

Another aspect is how there are no clear explanations as to how it will be funded.

Here is Enno Schmidt, an artist that took on once again the idea of Basic Income and placed it back on the table in Switzerland

Enno Schmidt of Switzerland’s Basic Income Initiative collected 100,000 signatures to provide every adult citizen with $2,800/month. See more videos: http://therealnews.com

 

We agree that Value Added Tax is a plausible way to fund a Basic Income/ Living Income, however the sheer idea of having to maybe inflate prices becomes yet another usual fear which we have addressed in the following post for your investigation: 

Will the Living Income Guaranteed cause Inflation?

 

Problem is that Switzerland is not a member of the EU, hence Enno’s perspectives didn’t make it into the petition itself either. This left the petition with a gap that was unresolved and eventually lead to people most likely not voting for this petition either out of not being aware of it, or fearing inflation, higher taxes, jobless people and so forth which in the mind of any person sound like a threat to everyone’s stability.

 

So, the suggestion we have for the European Citizens’ Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income is to structure the petition in such a way that the ‘How the Basic Income will be Funded’ usual question becomes part of the first points that one person reads into the petition. The Living Income Guaranteed encompasses a set of mechanisms created and developed by the Equal Life Foundation wherein we explain how the provision of a Basic Income can be made genuinely sustainable as a citizen’s share of the economy.

We all agree that providing an income to have a dignified living is a Human Right, however this world at the moment doesn’t operate by opting to fund people’s right to life, but how it will directly affect those that are already having the most money and that includes you and I as the people that have sufficient money to be educating ourselves and creating solutions for those that are already in such tight and harsh financial position, that it is impossible to even become aware that there are solutions, and that we all can support funding it for each other if we establish the best way to give and receive our right to life.

 

From the European Citizens’ Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income campaign’s website:

“Before January 14, 2014, we have to collect one million statements of support with minimum numbers reached for at least 7 member states.
If we collect one million statements of support for Basic Income from the 500 million inhabitants of the European Union, the European Commission will have to examine our initiative carefully and arrange for a public hearing in the European Parliament.”

 

We also suggest to expand the notion of basic income beyond the EU along with a scheme that will be also supportive for people to understand how a Living Income will benefit everyone financially in different ways according to how each one desires to live and wishes to make money to live.  And that’s why we say: no need to resort to fund the Living Income/ Basic Income by Personal Taxes – but instead investigate how we the people can be directly benefited by the use and sales of resources and public services through processes like nationalization.

Therefore, there are many ways in which the petition of a Basic Income can be transformed into a political proposal that new political parties take on as their main proposal, this way it will mean that countries won’t have to wait for an entire union to decide to look into the basic income proposal, and instead directly propose it at a national level since it is much easier to work country by country than attempting to have an entire set of 1 million scattered throughout the European Union saying yes to it without the specifics.

  

I also agree since it is our duty as citizens to understand, that if we are asking for a solution: we also have the responsibility to explain the various options and ways in which such basic income can be funded  – and by taking on this point, the reality of our current system and economy will have to invariably be considered when asking for a basic income.

We got the solutions proposed, it’s time to expand beyond the definition of ‘basic income’ as ‘providing an unconditional amount of money to every person’ as said by Barb Jacobson, coordinator of the European Citizens Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income in the UK, who gave very valid points but also diminished the Basic Income to being simply money that is unconditionally given – and that’s it. This sounds unrealistic without giving right away the ways in which is can be funded and provided as a human right. It’s part of our responsibility to inform ourselves on the ways we can contribute to perfecting this idea of a basic income and how to make it economically viable, otherwise it becomes just something we ‘ask for’ without considering all parts of involved, which would imply learning how to market it within the current state and condition of us running our lives in our current chronically-in-crisis system: we created it, so we must create and present the solutions as well.

 

Time to refine the petition to a political proposal that is backed by political parties in Europe and around the globe – let’s make of the notion of basic income a comprehensive economic and political model that can be implemented in any nation around the globe and present it as the genuine win-win solution it can be – and for this, research the Living Income Guaranteed Proposal..

 

 

Let’s continue educating ourselves and the world about the benefits of providing each other the ability to live in dignity.