Basic Income: What Would You Do?

I have been discussing the basic income (Grundeinkommen) with a Canadian friend living in Berlin last week and she asked me the question: „Do you think people would work, if they don’t have to? And especially in the „dirty“ jobs?“

Some reflective questions on that: Why don’t we trust ourselves to more volunteerism and social responsibility? Why do we reduce our personal motivation just to working for money instead of trusting in working because we see a purpose?

For sure there will still be people not working but people will also have more freedom to do what they feel is important and that might be for some academics at some point that they feel a high need to clean the street in front of their house 😉 I also see this as an opportunity to reduce bureaucracy and regulations in this country…

What would you do having a basic income?

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2 Antworten zu Basic Income: What Would You Do?

  1. aiesecimagine schreibt:

    And a comment from that Canadian friend:

    Hi Frauke,
    interesting questions. About trusting ourselves to do the dirty work, i do think conditions could arise where this is possible but such a fundamental shift would need to take place that I really don’t see it happening on a large scale, like nation wide without bureaucracy.

    There are plenty of examples of self organizing communities throughout the world that make this work but many of them operate under strict rules. My husband was telling me about ideas in communist Italy where everyone was free to do what they wanted, to earn lots of money or whatever, but for one month of every year, the top earners had to do the dirty work as well. But again, there are rules.

    It would be interesting to look more at self organizing communities and see if they do in fact live with less bureaucracy or if it just pops up in different ways. I used to live near a commune in Oregon in the US and the people on the commune had nothing but complaints about the dogma that often pops up in these communities about who should and shouldn’t be doing what.

    So where does our need to control and dictate others come from? Could we live without rules if we all shared a common purpose? Could we really?

    It is true that if no one picked up the garbage in our communities and we had our basic needs met (meaning we were not starving and forced to focus on our survival) then most citizens (I believe) would self organize to do something about garbage. The first step would probably be to not produce so much of it! But yes, in small communities, our social network would probably cause us to feel responsible to ourselves and our communities.

    But could/can this sense of obligation to each other work in a city that is full of those who do not know each other?

    Which brings me back full circle to the main pressing question in my mind right now „how do we create communities that produce a sense of belonging in each of its members?“ or deeper still „what is belonging;why do we need it; and how does feeling it change/create communities?“

  2. fraukegodat schreibt:

    Hmm, maybe this is different…

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