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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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Why are higher wages a Win-Win Solution?

 

Everyone knows that having money enables us to cover our needs and live in a comfortable manner, however the less we earn, the higher prices go up, the more taxes we pay and the more wealth is accumulated in the hands of a few means that the less opportunities exist to change the way the economic model works now. But, we have to learn this has not always been ‘the way the world works.’

Let’s take the most usual example. The growing rate of income inequality in the United States of America and around the globe has its most recent roots in 1978 when the taxation to the rich was diminished and the financial industry deregulation, enabling the infamous 1% to grow richer and richer to the exorbitant data that we find today wherein 400 individuals may hold half of the wealth of the entire Nation. The problem in itself is not their wealth, but how it is used – meaning, it’s not being reinvested back into the economy in ways that it reaches the population – it mostly goes to bailouts, lobbying, political campaigns or other forms of capital investment that are not taxable. From my perspective, this ability for the corporate powers to define what the government does is what the ideal of ‘Free Market’ becomes when government does not regulate the greatest casinos on Earth – Wall Street – and exorbitant amounts of invisible money are able to be created out of thin air, out of bidding on the actual assets and work that real people do, which means that this world is in reverse: human labor – whichever form it is – has been ousted from the benefits of any form of ‘economic efficiency’ or ‘growing economy’ in GDP numbers, and instead, the middle and working class have been tied to a noose where instruments used for further polarization of society, such as inflation along with a stagnant rate of wages for over 35 years have led to the ongoing crisis since 2008 worldwide: a few people having all the money they want and the rest having less and less power of acquisition, which results in an ever straining bubble about to burst when realizing that even those with great wealth depend on those that helped create their great wealth in the first place: the middle class that is now being eradicated to become part of the poverty lines.

As Nick Hanauer nailed it: Costumers are the Real Job Creators and explains how the middle class expenditure is what has made companies like his own the extremely profitable business it is. Why? Because the more people can afford to buy, the more businesses win – therefore, the less people can afford buying products = the less profit great business owners have. It is obvious that limitations in one side of the society inevitably catch up on the wealthy rest too, if those millions do not generate economic activity.

 

The problem with wealth is that it’s not reintegrated back to society, it’s mostly spent in some other forms of investments, are equally ‘bubbly’ goods such as gold, hedge funds, art or financing government members to deregulate the markets, which only continues to widen inequality.

When looking at the problem and tracing the point back to how individuals go from middle class to poverty, one can see that there has been a problem overlooked when large corporations take the jobs of small businesses, resulting in going-out-of-business  which means jobs are lost; when technology reduces the amount of human labor required, when having no ‘good job opportunities’ forces underemployment and lower wages because we have collectively accepted that ‘it’s best to have at least a shitty job with bad wages than nothing,’ which in turn makes the idea of ‘higher education being the key to live well’ another planned obsolescence tactic to rather generate debt in college people so that their working money – if they do happen to find a good job – is able to be slashed In half to pay for an education that most likely won’t get people having the job that was expected to give three to four times more than what they earn on a yearly basis, plus paying taxes that won’t go back in social benefits. This is the current straining reality: the problem is the structure of how money is being used, but also the complacency and ignorance to accept things ‘how they are’ instead of realizing that: this is Not the way life’s meant to be, this is Not the way economies have always operated. We have reached the bottom and we can only go that far.

 

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What happens when wages are not good enough?

Besides growing discontent toward governments, corporations through protests and worker’s strikes, some of the immediate coping mechanisms that newly unemployed people do is saturate credit cards to pay for basic needs like food/services/transportation and education, take low-end jobs or resort to criminal activities, resulting in worse consequences at a collective level. Others went through the expectancy of ‘earning more money’ through refinancing their houses – which created the big bubble that burst in 2008 – leaving many in a declared state of poverty and bankruptcy, working two or three jobs to make ends meet – and sometimes not even that is enough. Using up savings or retirement funds for healthcare bills became a way to care for the essentials, leaving many homeless people living in tent cities while millions of houses are left empty and owned by banks that essentially propitiate debt to make profit… and we have fallen for it.

This is obviously a stressful and unacceptable situation considering that personal taxes paid to the IRS are not directly benefiting people with any form of unemployment plans – which have been recently cut for millions of Americans – as well as the 40 billion cut in food stamps over a decade – or creating of ‘new jobs’ since we know that the problem is this gaping inequality stemming from the stagnation of wealth in the hands of a few and having the rest having to cope with inflation, debt, rising health costs, topped credit cards, gigantic mortgage and college debts that seem insurmountable since wages have not gone up at all since then 1970’s.

On top of that, paying taxes without getting any support back is a slap in the face considering that:

“The US is now locked into a system whereby the government issues bonds to generate the funds for their operations, bonds that are backed up by the taxation of the public’s own labor. […] the most outrageous fact of all is that not one cent of the money collected by the income tax goes toward payment of government services. This startling admission was confirmed by the Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, better known as the Grace Commission, a Congressional investigation that was appointed by President Reagan in 1982 and concluded:

“With two thirds of everyone’s personal income taxes wasted or not collected, 100 percent of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the federal debt and by federal government contributions to transfer payments. In other words, all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services [that] taxpayers expect from their government.”

  – James Corbett

 

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Solutions

The Debt hole is able to be stopped first of all by stopping the need to go into debt and because right now it might be impossible to ‘create jobs’ from out of thin air – since there’s no economic flow – a first and necessary input that generates a new flow has to be created: to provide a Living Income to people that currently are unemployed and give Higher Wages to those that do work. This is why we support the movement that is gaining momentum in the US to raise wages from the average $7.25 to 15 dollars or more, as it is well know that people that earn higher wages become loyal workers, enhance their dedication and working skills with the general incentive of gaining more money, which means a higher quality living standard, better quality products, better education as well as considering that higher power of acquisition is the best cure to an anemic economy. This will in turn not only truly generate ‘jobs’ but a better quality jobs in new ventures that will go beyond the usual retail and service industry, which currently has the most job placements and the least pay, keeping a stagnant society designed to manufacture, serve with no use of our true skills and potential that we all have as human beings.

Therefore the real capital that must be recognized is ourselves: the human capital, understanding that any speculative bubble will eventually burst as it should, since it was never real in the first place and instead, focus on supporting the ‘middle class’ with better wages, which in turn will create better job opportunities and eradicate poverty by providing a Living Income to everyone that so requires it.

This will also remove the need to create ‘extra funds’ – and their eventual cuts in the emergency of further ‘budget crisis’ – for unemployment or pension plans, since the provision of a Living Income is No Longer linked to Personal Income Tax, but through other means that we suggest are used to fund the Living Income, such as using the money that goes to military budget, foreign aid, nationalizing companies that profit from the use and sales of natural resources and value added tax, which will in turn create a system that stands by its own spending-movement profit rather than taxing the poor to siphon those funds to pay governmental debts.

 

The Living Income Guaranteed model will not only enable the provision of a basic income or living income in a sustainable manner, but it will also enable the following changes in the economy of any nation that implements it:

 

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Military Budget to Finance a Living Income: World Peace and Win-Win Solutions

War only benefits those that wage it: it will never be the way to create peace, it won’t ever be a smart way to deal with rivalry between nations and it won’t ever have ‘good results’ since war is anything but constructive, it is the most vicious of humankind’s enterprises since it represents the epitome of ‘divide and conquer’; and because the greatest problem in the world is money, war then becomes a supposed ‘remedy’ for it, without understanding how this ‘solution’ is formed within the same mentality that believes we should always exist in fear of each other, of the potential attacks that we’ve allowed as part of our geopolitical arrangements  wherein entire nations are supposed to hate each other in the name of following a history, a culture, a tradition, a religion… right now waging war due to religion is as valid as waging war using the now worn up excuse of ‘terrorist threats’ to justify waging war against countries that most of the times do not represent an ‘threat’ but are deliberately made a threat to the current hegemony that certain countries manufacture in this world through the link between wars and the money systems.

 

What do we get from war?

Deaths, suffering, torture, destruction, post traumatic disorders, diseases, chemical pollution, desire for revenge, ‘winners and losers’  – but overall, what matters the most is money, the military industry behind all wars are the ones that really benefit from convincing the public that for example, 40% of each tax dollar paid by American people goes to the military budget

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Who is responsible for wars?

Is it only certain corporations that make the weapons, the vehicles, drones, uniforms, food and services for the military abroad? No, that’s the materialization of money directed to war, but the consent resides within the each one of us that still accept war as something that does any form of ‘good’ which we should already know can only be a lie since deliberate attacks, harm and abuse won’t ever be what is best for everyone.

Now, I mentioned how we suggest that instead of having a basic income/ living income be financed by augmenting taxes in each country, creating further scorn within the taxpayer due to ‘their taxes funding ‘lazy people’s right to a basic income,’ we can instead use the money that would usually be directed to fund wars which for example in a country like the United State of America is equivalent to trillions of dollars. Such money should be instead directed to finance a Living Income for the people that is supporting such war in the first place due to economic interests or ‘manufactured consent’ within the idea of taking revenge or settling peace and democracy somewhere else.

See, as humanity throughout history, the old way to ‘revive the economy’ in times of crisis was through scheming a war and then having people producing and working in order to get an entire nation strengthen and ‘moving on’ within the common goal of uniting to go to war against so and so. This is still being applied in 21st century, though more and more we become aware of how All Wars are Bankers Wars and that World Wars I and II have only been waged for the purpose of redrawing the map of the world, occupying territories and generating ‘world powers’ as the ones that apparently ‘win’ the war creating the illusion that ‘a war solved the problem,’ whichever the ‘problem’ was in the first place.

So, with regards to the proposed ways to fund the Living Income Guaranteed:

 

REDIRECTION OF MILITARY BUDGETS

A second major and proper source of funds to finance a Living Income is the
redirection of
military budgets. Whereas the real and propagated justifications for war
are questionable, their resulting devastation is not. It requires no further explanation
or argumentation to clarify why warfare is undesirable and worth eradicating.

Every democratic government has a duty first and foremost to the citizens of their
own country. Spending vast amounts of public funds to finance military action under
the guise of humanitarianism has no sensical meaning when at home such things
as unemployment, poverty, inadequate education programs or health systems are
common and increasingly problematic. To better the world, we must start at home.

Source: http://livingincomeguaranteed.wordpress.com/the-proposal/

 

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I got the following comment from Ann upon explaining the solutions to fund a Living Income without resorting to use personal taxes for it and instead, using the money that would usually fund wars:

“I like the idea of having money that goes to arms and war, going to the living income. However I also see an issue with this, in our current system, where there are many international actors with opposing goals, in conflict with each other, and which will not de-arm themselves because they you are basically naked towards the others who might still have arms and use them. Your then defenseless. So for that to work everyone would together need to stop wars, armies etc…  Which would not be easy because of all the conflict and manipulation going on.”

 

This is so and it sounds quite ‘logical’ within our current accepted ways of thinking and it is due to reasons like these that some nations have not yet signed treaties for disarmament and still reject the idea of ever having to sign any document to stop nuclear proliferation – this is obviously tied in with the excuse that ‘vulnerability exists’ between nations and that is why ‘everyone should have the right to have weapons to defend themselves’ – but we don’t even question any longer WHY such conflicts exist in the first place. The notion that a nation is vulnerable and becomes ‘defenseless’ exists as a consequence of a world wherein we’ve always learned how to ‘get what we want’ through force, and that means mostly power, gaining more money, more territories, enslave people, use their resources, invade with people and businesses… you name it, wars always exist as a façade of ‘valid excuses’ to kill, harm, occupy and abuse others in the name of so-called peace, which is in fact only more money and power.

Let’s talk about the most common example. The Unite States of America has a large capacity for such intimidation which can be seen as ‘preventing attacks’ from its smaller and less capable ‘enemies’ due to the fact that the US can annihilate them and they – most of the times – do not have the means to prevent this or retaliate in any substantial way. If the USA redirected the military budget, many could look at this as a form of weakening/weakness placing the USA in a more vulnerable position to be attacked due to its lessened ability to intimidate others or defend itself.

The offense-defense game in international political affairs is played by creating a continuous process of intimidation through potential military interventions by the world’s hegemons/ world powers upon nations that represent an obstacle to their expansionist greed. This is how ‘pseudo enemies’ are deliberately created to give continuation to a warfare industry that enables profit to be made upon these constant calls for the necessity to intervene in the name of peace and democracy in other countries or defend themselves from ‘potential terrorist attacks’ which is mostly a fabrication of such threat to keep the military industry in place.

This continuous provocation forces the nations ‘under the mire’ to arm themselves as well to have the means for defense. This ever present tension between nations is what creates the belief that each nation should always be ready and prepared to go to war, when in fact wars only represent the interests of a few that benefit from it, since war is always implying death and destruction using the public’s opinion as manufactured consent to support it in the name of fighting against terrorism and national defense; other reasons include fighting certain nations that do not comply to the views of imperialist-powers and so represent  an obstacle to their own imperial position. However throughout history we’ve witnessed how wars are justified consent to commit crimes against humanity including the use of tax payer’s money to fund such destructive enterprises.

 

If the USA redirected their military budget – which accounts to 40% of tax payer’s money – to fund a Living Income Guaranteed,  those with common sense would not perceive it as a weakness to not intimidate or invade others  for the sole purpose of generating profit for few corporate elites, realizing that the nation is already having a weak economy due to most of the funds being directed for military purposes for the illegitimate benefit of a few, instead of strengthening the economy at home if such funds would support individual’s financial security.

 

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Now, what to do with the apparent ‘potential threats’?

United Nations and such Conventions exist for a reason: to get together and establish solutions that benefit everyone: win-win solutions.

Let’s take once again the example of America, the most bellicose country on Earth. If the money spent currently in the ongoing Afghan war and Iraq occupation that has been going on for over a decade now, would be instead given back to the Americans in the form of a Living Income and Higher Wages for those that work, then there would be no such high poverty rates in America, no such grave unemployment rates or cuts in food stamps and/or unemployment benefits: because people would have money to live in dignity, would support the stability and continuous genuine growth of the economy – with the increase of each one’s power of acquisition – as well as ensuring that every bit of taxpayer’s money stays ‘at home.’ This is the real way to empower a country, however when nations participate in expansionist ‘foreign policies’ then such resources are aimed to wars that become a ‘necessary evil’ according to the manufactured consent in the public to gain resources, land, good position in the world-system, etc. As an extra fact, it is no coincidence that the country with most debt in the world is also the most bellicose.

So, international treaties should be signed between nations to cease all fire and/or potential threats and manipulation such as economic sanctions and instead, focus on establishing a Living Income Guaranteed model that will immediately support each country’s people at home. This will strengthen the weakened economies around the globe, and generate a true global market wherein each nation can still compete to be the most successful by providing the best living standards for their population. Trade will thrive, but some things will change now that  for example people won’t have to resort to do ‘any type of job to make a living’ as there won’t be such imperious necessity since a Living Income will be provided to avoid such forced labor conditions, which is also another form of warfare too, structural violence.

Now, these treaties would most likely not imply that nations will become ‘friends again’ – that would be mostly ideal, but we are realistic and understand that to ‘straighten trees’ that have been born crooked will take a while or simply a new generation to be educated with principles of supporting each other human being as an equal rather than identifying oneself from a certain nation, race, religion, political affiliation, financial status etc. so until then, It should be part of our democratic decision-making processes to endorse the Living Income model as a way to stop wars, redirect that money to fund social security, to provide higher wages as the incentives for people to realize that a nation’s power and ability to compete within the global market resides within the ability to have every citizen protected with money to live as a human right, having access to good public services, higher wages, improved education systems, unconditional healthcare, participating in the administration of nation’s resources through national corporations and in essence becoming a person that works on building and strengthening the nation’s economy, instead of taking the job to become a soldier – due to having no other means to make a living –  to kill with the excuse of defending their nation, leave their families and return with missing limbs, diseases/addictions and post traumatic disorders – or worse, not return at all.

War has never been and won’t EVER be the way to get a nation out of a crisis – it might be so for certain corporations and businesses but for the people, for life on Earth it is obvious it only means death and destruction and a direct attack against ourselves.

 

So, How can the military budget be redirected to fund a Living Income?

Through new or emerging political parties that endorses the Living Income Guaranteed proposal which will have to result in an unprecedented political revival from the people that have been currently disenchanted by politics and the government,  because in essence: we have to become the politicians that can propose and vote on these fundamental changes. It’s time we learn how to manage ourselves, our lives, our resources, our nations in a way that is best for everyone, including those that are already living quite well off within the current version of capitalism we live in. The ability to change our current ‘war paradigm’ is in our hands.

Investigate more in the Living Income Guaranteed Proposal where not only do we propose the funding of each individual’s right to live in dignity, but also contribute to a genuine way to implement world peace.

 

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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.