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Parents Need a Living Income Now

 

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Children are the future of the world, but what happens when children are not being provided with proper parental care, education and financial support to become a living example of what the real evolution in humanity should be as children that grow up to be self-caring, self-loving, considerate, responsible and self-honest individuals that can support to co-create the changes required in our societies? the opposite happens and I’ll share a brief story that happened today and we’ll get to see what the starting point of a problem with a teenager growing up could’ve started and how we’re all allowing such problems to exist as they do, because we haven’t provided any living support as a guaranteed human right to every child in the world.

 

Girl around 13 years old takes some sleeping pills to school. She thinks it’s a cool idea to sell them to her classmates for money and fun. It’s the kind of pills that make you want to sleep. Two classmates buy them from her and take them during the first hour of the school day – classmates begin to look sleepy and sluggish. The school principals were made aware of the situation. It gets complicated for the two boys that took more than any regular dose of those pills. Parents are called, kids are not allowed in any regular hospital since it would involve a criminal act of intoxication. They are taken to a private hospital by the school’s principal with the school’s insurance being unable to pay for such treatment, because it’s not an accident, it’s ingestion of a legal drug, it’s a (potentially deadly) intoxication.

 

The girl is questioned about her reasons for doing this. She first denies the story until she ends up explaining how she stole the pills from her grandmother that takes them to be able to sleep. Girl’s mother is called to the school. Mother arrives to school right from work after her nightshift as a nurse in state’s health hospital – which should be read as earning a basic wage. She’s a single mother, her daughter – the 13 year old girl – barely sees her mother because she has to work all day to ‘make a living.’ Girl explains how she usually gets home and sometimes only eats a bag of chips for lunch… and that’s it. Girl seems disheveled, lacking proper hygiene and also comments on her being taking the drug herself. Mother isn’t aware of this at all; she spends too much time working.

 

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Mother will have to pay for the boys’ hospital stance since it was her daughter that sold those pills to the boys. The one that took the highest dosage ends up with a very delicate condition that leads to a four thousand bill for a few hours in private hospital. Mother makes around six thousand a month in one of her jobs, which means she’ll be left with 33% of her month’s wage based on the actions that her daughter committed at school. There are no social benefits that can cover such expenses since there are no public hospitals that can accept an intoxicated minor without addressing the justice department about it – that means more time, more money and more consequences for everyone – hence a private hospital’s services are an expensive way to also avoid further charges upon the girl.

Girl won’t and can’t be suspended at school. She must be sent to get proper psychological assistance – which also costs money – and unless she does that, she won’t be allowed back in school; this means a bad reputation for her to be accepted in any other school based on her antecedents. Girl is seen as the culprit, the young criminal – but is she? What would she continue to do or how would this escalate in some years to come if the pattern in her environment and circumstances remain the same way? You and I can only imagine it. The point here is to realize that this could have all been prevented and still, her future can be prevented to go down the spiral of endless trouble that most young people go through during their teenage years. We all have to recognize that these situations are becoming more common than we can imagine, and it all can be traced back to the lack of money.

 

The girl grows up with only one parent that can afford her expenses. There’s no living income provided to children here in Mexico – not in your ‘wildest dreams’ as some might unfortunately say – instead it is the other way around where having a child means an exorbitant amount of expenses that will continue for the remainder of their schooling years up until they become ‘financially independent’ – which means becoming adults that can fend for themselves. Parents, on the other hand – if born in a condition of poverty – there’s little to no options to be able to succeed in life.

 

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This is how we have perpetuated poverty: we have a majority in this world where you are born in and environment where living support is not provided, nor the tools as education, basic services or the recognition of their own right to have access to these resources is acknowledged. Your entire mentality and ‘education,’ your aspirations and overall view on life is shaped according to maintaining such limited living-standard – and you see those that have more than enough money as the lucky ones, the ones some divine power chose to support better than you, and you keep hoping that they that have the power to change things will do something for you that are currently powerless and thus voiceless in any decision making process for your own benefit. We as society don’t do anything about this, because we’ve accepted poverty as part of ‘how economy works,’ ignoring the actual need that we all KNOW exists, but we believe it is beyond our power to change how things work in terms of money and providing living human rights to everyone that needs it.

If the mother would have had sufficient support for her to live in a dignified environment, with proper support and education, she would have probably been better informed about parental planning and how to prevent having children that weren’t entirely planned – maybe she would have prevented such relationship ending up in a single-mother family situation. Let’s pretend that she did want to have the child as a single mother. If she had access to a Living Income by virtue of being a parent that is doing the most important job in the world – which is giving birth to another life and become a living example for them, to be a source of education and provide them with the best foundation of support for the rest for their life – then she would have not required to begin working right after the girl was born in order to continue ‘making money to live.’ Instead, the Girl is left in the hands of nursery schools, schools, and an old and mostly sick grandmother that can’t look after her. Girl grows learning habits and ‘lifestyles’ from the TV, from the Internet, from feeling abandoned by a working mother that she barely gets to see each day. Girl seeks for better ways to ease her emotional experience of abandonment, of feeling rejected by others, of being disenfranchised from her right to have a dignified living, of wanting to feel something else other than the belief that she should not have been born. She starts experimenting with drugs to ease the pain. She has no support, no one to talk to and so she starts seeking a way to make her own money by selling grandmother’s pills to peers at school. The rest is history.

 

As society we’ve perpetuated poverty as ‘an unchangeable – and sometimes covertly ‘necessary’ – economic condition that is in fact the actual source of all hard work and labor that enables our societies to function. We have all collectively decided to continue accepting the fact that parents have no guaranteed living support for their children, to have money to provide them with the necessary to live until they can fend for themselves and so, having a child is the equivalent of having to spend your entire day making money to give your child their bare minimum basic needs; this pattern works at a different level yet same principle in middle to upper-middle class. There’s lack of time for supporting the child, to be there with them, to be walking with throughout their schooling process, to develop effective relationships and communication – none of that exists because parents are busy all day long trying to survive in a dog-eat-dog world-system, the one that we’ve collectively given continuation up till today.

 

We have all implicitly agreed that it’s easier to take drugs than solving problems, understanding them at their root and cause which most of the times can be traced back to how the constant need of ‘making money’ prevents children from having available and supportive parents that care after them. Instead we have procured the creation a multi-billion industry that is currently known as the ‘health-scare’ industry as every health-bill comes like a fire that burns any hard-earned money in a matter of hours of any health-care services provided to a person that, if lacking insurance, will have to most likely spend a great part of their hard-earned wage to pay for indispensable health-services. We have all collectively decided to agree that health-care services are ‘expensive’ and any health industry has become a big-bucks business that only an elite can afford – the rest? Well, currently people go bankrupt when trying to pay any long-term disease problem, a problem caused by all points of neglect in our food and service industries, in our prevention tactics to precisely learn how to develop effective relationships, to provide proper education that is practical to the betterment of our societies by learning how to be a self-responsible, supportive and cooperative human being that considers doing, acting and thinking how to create a world that is best for everyone. This would prevent so many problems… but unfortunately, we’re now facing the direct effect of all the things we haven’t done and so we can only begin to remedy one by one by seeing the ‘full scope’ of the problem and how we all directly and indirectly have co-created such tragedies as they happen day by day.

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This is what our denial to provide the right to life has caused

We do have a solution, and it begins with realizing that every individual that doesn’t have access to work to ‘earn a living,’ should be Given a Living Income as an irrefutable human right. That is what all children of the world should get, administrated by parents that are also in turn counseled and properly administrated in order to ensure such money is being used in the benefit of the child and prevent any misuse of such funds that are the financial security crib that we can provide to each girl and boy born into this world. Then the mothers and fathers of this world will have sufficient and proper time to educate themselves on how to be a parent, on how to take responsibility for their own children and how it is that we can begin changing the world by removing the survival modality, the imposed need to work even two jobs to ‘make a living’ which are those who have suffered the most due to being born into poverty and having no support to get out of it and progress.

This way we will begin to have more time, free time for parents to receive proper education on how to best take care of their children, to have parents being understanding why we require further changes in the schooling systems, how it is that any form of education must not be left at the hands of teachers in schools but to work together to become living examples to the children that can then grow to be and become individuals that understand how their right and responsibility is to develop themselves to be living examples of what an integral and responsible human being is, what it is to create relationships of support, trust and care toward one another so that we can create a healthy and thriving society. The nature of our current tormented, depressed, and needy of a relief children and adolescents can be changed by providing a Living Income to them and their parents so that their job –the most important job in the world – is properly paid for in order to dedicate themselves to fully take care of and responsibility for their child. This will prevent the problems previously described caused mostly by the lack of money, the lack of ourselves as society to support each other back up to the point where we are creating incipient minor-criminals that seek a way out of themselves, because of lacking all real physical care and support.

If you agree that we cannot continue growing these massive psychological problems based on lacking support for each other to live in the optimal way that we can coexist in, then join us in our education and shared process of developing and understanding solutions where we would usually see none before. We cannot continue to divert the necessity of this with further disagreements as to how this money would mean potential losses in the economy or ‘inflation in prices’… we’re talking about here about a collective well being, we’re talking about providing the certainty, the guaranteed provision of living rights to every human being from birth until they have sufficient age and education to know what it is that they want to do with their lives, their time, their participation in society. How can we expect our society to evolve by maiming the essential support that every living being requires to grow? Food, water, shelter, healthcare, education, parental care and proper support is what every child should be given in the most decent and dignified manner, it is an act of love that we can all provide to each other if we agree that this is what it means to provide a proper foundation to live in a dignified manner.

It’s in our best interest to do this as we can no longer see ourselves unaffected by the lack of others. We can prevent psychological problems, broken families, mental illnesses, criminality, drug addictions and a lot more by focusing on that which we can give and receive to support each other as equals. It’s a matter of ethics, of doing what is right.

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How to prevent immigration Problems with Living income Guaranteed

 

The main reason of immigration around the world is to obtain higher wages and better living conditions, so why hasn’t any nation solved the problem from its roots? Capping immigration through the implementation of tougher laws, quotas or thousands of kilometers of physical and virtual walls have proven to not resolve the problem. So, let’s have a look at the overall situation.

 

The following video is proof that our current government officials and bureaucrats can only see solutions within the same mentality that created the problem in the first place, where the sheer existence of massive inequality between nations has lead to consequences such as implementing tighter immigration processes so that the benefits of a certain nation remain only within the citizens of each nation, without realizing the obvious consequence that this would create, where the rich and powerful countries get the most influx of people from other nations, seeking to have a better living standard.

 

‘Fantastic day for democracy’ Switzerland narrowly votes to curb EU immigration

 

As we discussed in our Living Income Guaranteed Google Hangout on Switzerland’s vote for Basic Income, it is quite obvious that more people would want to be part of a nation that has a high living standard and on top of that, is already voting with great support to provide a Basic income Guaranteed to every citizen. This is how due to the general crisis existent in some of the poorer countries of the EU, more people were arriving to Switzerland to have access to better living conditions. The EU and Switzerland had an agreement of free movement between their citizens, however the referendum by the Swiss reveals that the majority votes to curb the immigration influx. This already creates more friction and conflicts between nations, as you can witness from the interview posted above.

“Quite a few Europeans have been taking advantage of the right to move to wealthy, stable Switzerland. About 64,000 people migrated there from the EU each year over the last decade, 69 percent of them highly skilled. About a quarter of the country’s population of 8 million is foreign-born, about four times the average proportion for the EU.” – Bloomberg Switzerland’s Immigration Dislocation

 

This is a malady that world powers tend to endure, getting massive influx of people from poor countries seeking a better life abroad. The EU and America also have the same problem. The UK started off this year with new immigration controls wherein newly arrived immigrants won’t be able to immediately have access to unemployment benefits, which makes it more difficult for immigrants to venture into seeking a better living standard in the UK. So far, the measures have worked since only two dozens of Bulgarians have arrived to the UK since January 1st.

 

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In America, the massive influx of Mexicans, Central and South Americans has left many Americans without jobs, which is partly true since many of the jobs taken by immigrants are those low-wage/ menial jobs that most of Americans are not willing to do – which is the same pattern that happens in every other country where immigrant workers have become a necessity or an ‘economic efficiency’ convenience (due to providing lower wages to immigrant workers) – yet the reasons why people are seeking better living conditions are not seen within the greater picture, wherein the hierarchical relationships created through treaties like NAFTA and Neoliberal policies provoked the impoverishment of agricultural work in Mexico as an example, pushing people from the rural and agricultural areas to seek for ‘better incomes’ in the cities, having little to no success either. Therefore, the need to get a better living standard becomes a necessity and a possibility when crossing the border. This has led to the creation of a wall that physically divides the US-Mexican border, becoming yet another source of abuse, corruption, deaths and detention, treating immigrants like criminals, without there being any bilateral treaty that works in order to benefit both countries and curb the need for immigration.

 

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Immigration creates a general resentment that in extreme cases might lead to xenophobia, since people mostly argue that immigrants take all the jobs, make use of unemployment benefits and in some other cases impose new languages and religions that create social segregation as well as new requirements like polyglot schools to raise children that do not speak the mother tongue of the country they arrive to, among others. This is how we’ve seen that even with the intention to make Multiculturalism succeed, it has failed due to the inherent economic aspect that comes with immigration.

 

Why complain about Immigration?

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The reason why most of the people complain about immigration is because all current welfare and unemployment benefit systems are paid with taxes. So, the people that work and pay their taxes complain that their hard earned money funds an immigrant’s right to unemployment benefits without having to work.

This is one of the main reasons why we suggest that the provision of a Basic Income is Not funded by people’s income taxes, as this creates the general scorn and discrimination toward immigrants and/or unemployed people receiving the right to live with a living income, while others see it as an unequal measure because they do the work. And if a basic income was given to those that do work, it would be an unnecessary move, since such money will go anyways through taxes back to those who need it in the form of basic income – which doesn’t make sense, and is the reason why we also suggest that personal income taxes cease to exist as such.

It is only natural that we all seek better living conditions no matter what, and the variety of problems and conflicts that come with immigration are often more than the benefit that countries get, such as the need for workers for jobs that are not being done by the native citizens. Some other immigrants are skillful and educated workers that some countries cannot produce at home, which also creates another problem: brain drain and as such, developing/poor countries have their productive and best educated members of society living abroad to obtain greater benefits and wages from their skills and capacity, which also furthers the stagnation in an ‘underdeveloped country,’ an euphemism to call third world nations or poor countries.

Discrimination, racism, xenophobia, the failure of multiculturalism among other problems still exist today as a byproduct of immigration – but also the disruption of families, the acceptance of underpaid jobs due to not having proper working-visas and being ‘illegal,’ where all menial jobs are mostly then taken by immigrants.

There is also another form of immigration that comes with war refugees, placing enormous pressure on neighboring countries to the conflicted areas. And this can also be solved by preventing the problems in the first place – which we will explain in a moment.

 

 

Is the solution to Curb Immigration with more laws and restrictions?

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A referendum took place on February 9th, 2014 asking the people from Switzerland whether they agreed to curb the immigration to people from EU, and even if the difference was quite small, the majority votes to cap EU immigration:

“Stop mass immigration’ was introduced by the nationalist Swiss People’s Party (SVP). Its goal is to introduce annual quotas on the number of foreign workers entering the country. The result will likely vex multinational companies based there; Roche, Novartis, UBS, and other industry giants frequently utilize foreign labor. […]

Many in Switzerland – which is surrounded by the EU but is not a member – believe that rising immigration levels are putting pressure on infrastructure, rent prices, the social security system, and unemployment rates.” RT Switzerland votes a narrow ‘yes’ to cap EU immigration

 

Ever wondered why Bulgaria and other Eastern Europe countries showed an extensive support to implement a Basic Income Guaranteed? Bulgarians and other Easter Europe countries are amongst those whose citizens immigrate places like the UK, searching for better quality living, only to face now greater difficulty to do so.

It is to realize that for millions of people, the lack of opportunities at home place individuals in a catch 22 situation: either they leave their family and friends, their hometown behind looking for a better living wages to send money back home, or they remain ‘at home’ and resort to crime to make a living? We have really not left too many options for us, and it’s astounding that we still cannot see the origin of the problem when it comes to immigration.

 

Let’s walk the solutions

Can immigration cease to exist as an extreme necessity in order to get a better living standard? Absolutely. Within this it is to realize that better living conditions and having higher living standards only in a few countries in this world invariably becomes a center of attraction to anyone that wants to have better quality living and more money to live.

So, the way to curb immigration in a long term basis, without having to resort to tough immigration policies and harsh measures that lead to further separation between nations is by implementing a Living Income Guaranteed model, wherein each nation’s economy is strengthened in order to ensure that every person has access to their living necessities and live in a dignified manner, as a Human Right. 

How?

Nations that currently face the most influx of immigrants should directly endorse and support poorer countries to implement a Living Income Guaranteed model, so that long-term solutions are implemented by supporting other countries to stand on their own feet. This is part of what organisms like the UN should look into, as this will not only curb immigration but also support peace between nations.

A Living Income Guaranteed model should be voted and implemented by all of us, the people of each nation deciding implement the use of citizens’ dividends as our share of the economy, which implies that the profit made by major corporations in the nation – or the strongest sources of income in a country such as natural resources or certain industries –  becomes the direct source to fund our Living Income.

This measure ensures that every person is supported to live in dignity, which in turn creates and provides general stability and economic revival with corporate profit being also shared with the people, and we also then actively become part of the economy that the majority is often excluded due to living in poverty or at the brink of disappearing from being part of the middle class.

 

This money is in fact entitled to each one of us as part of our human right to access the resources that we require to live, and since money is the mechanism we use to purchase our living necessities,  the provision of a living income as an unconditional right to life, to have the necessary to live is the solution. But, it doesn’t stop there.

What about people that do work?

People that  work and won’t perceive a Living Income, will instead have their wages be at least double the amount of the living income that each particular country decides to give. This means that people will have better and equal opportunities to become a successful individual in society and as such, the need to immigrate to have ‘better wages’ and ‘more opportunities’ in another country is eradicated, since no one really wants to face the problems, trauma, stress, family separation and even death that comes with having to live abroad.

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The Benefits

This process will in turn ameliorate the strained relationships between nations, leading also to the prevention of wars – since wars are mostly waged due to economic interests – and as such, it will become part of the necessary peace treaties between nations: to support and aid each other to establish a self-sufficient and self-governing way to develop their own economy along with a genuine democratic system to achieve a good quality living standard, a higher level of competence that enables all nations to genuinely have a ‘free market’ that is on an equal-opportunity basis, as well as supporting to eradicate xenophobia, racism and anti-cultural measures that further divide us to remain conquered.

This is also why we say that the implementation of a Living Income Guaranteed must not be limited to certain economic block or nations, but every country in the world must implement it so that there is no more high inequality between rich and poor nations, creating immigration as an outflow – since everyone would want to also benefit from something like a living income guarantee. This will in turn also cut down the massive surveillance and border patrol services that are constantly upgraded in order to ‘prevent immigration’ – which even after all these massive expenses on border patrol and tighter laws to immigrate, are still not solving the problem yet.

So, we suggest that instead of countries raising their quotas or deliberately shutting down the ability to immigrate into their country, part of the responsibilities from the international community is to support nations to stand on their own two feet – not as another form of ‘foreign aid’ but as a genuine unconditional support to get people empowered in their own nations and as such, be able to revive the economy that will ensure each person stays  ‘at home’ with family and loved ones, as well as supporting their society and country as well.  

What will Immigration become then?

Immigration will stop being a problem. It will become solely a resource and a decision an individual makes based on the opportunities for self development, such as the usual labor exchange that takes place between nations, personal relationships or simply aiming for new ventures. Yet it won’t be a resort to seek for ‘better living conditions’ because each nation has to focus on first strengthening the economy at home to then expand further to trade with other nations and become more successful in our current globalized world.  It will take more reasons than ‘good wages’ to leave the country one is born in, when every country can have good living standards and higher wages which create better opportunities to live  satisfactorily.

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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.