The theme of the TEDxLaRochelle of this year was: « The Crisis, What Crisis? »
A great opportunity to talk about basic income! Anne-Beatrice Duparc, an activist in the Swiss movement, it was invited and made a talk on the subject.
I am proud to wear ,what some see as a utopia. Because the utopias is ,what make our changing world. Women vote, the end of slavery, paid leave, were one day utopias that are now realities, thanks to people like you and me. I, today, I will talk about this next utopia that could transform our society: the unconditional basic income.
(English translation soon available) [+]
The Lausanne Municipal Council had before it, a new proposal of experimentation of unconditional basic income (UBI).
Laurent Rebeaud, municipal councilor of the City of Lausanne, filed October 6, 2015 for a postulate requesting the Municipality to launch a study on the desirability and feasibility of a pilot RBI locally, similar to those launched in thirty Dutch cities, including Utrecht. [+]
A new book on the RBI, written by Daniel Häni and Philip Kovce, just released «Was fehlt, wenn alles ist da?» (What is missing when everything is there?)
Why the unconditional basic income raises the good questions.
The unconditional basic income dramatically raises the question of self-determination of a person: what work would you do if you had no need to earn a living? What do you think you are capable of, and what the others? [+]
A non-representative survey of Tagesanzeiger / Newsnet indicates that 49% of the 3112 people who took part in favor of the initiative while only 42% are against. When asked what amount should be paid to adults, 35% of people agree with the proposal of initiators in the amount of CHF 2'500, 14% are for an amount between CHF 1000 and 2 '000.-, 7% for an amount between 3'000.- and 4'000.- and 4% did not know (39% are against any idea of independent labor income). You can find answers to other interesting questions on the Tagesanzeiger site.
You will find answers to other interesting questions on the on the website of the Tagesanzeiger (DE).
It is interesting that, unlike our federal parliamentarians have the initiative now enjoys broad popular support. This is not surprising since, as we have seen during the collection of signatures, it meets a genuine aspiration of the people. [+]
The National Council rejected the initiative by 146 votes against, 14 for and 12 abstentions, a result that is not surprising considering the novelty of our proposal. The next step is consideration by the Commission on Social Security and Public Health of the States Council Thursday 8 and Friday, 9 October, and the vote by the States (see the attached open letter of information we sent to the Commission). The sessions calendar shows it is entirely plausible that the initiative is submitted to popular vote already in June 2016.
146 against – 12 abstentions – 14 for the initiative
(The vote was on the suggestion of rejection emitted by the Commission)
Hereafter extracts from the speech of M. Andreas Gross (Socialist/Zurich) at the National Council : [+]