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  • Today austerity seems to be the only answer given

  • to remedy the economic crisis in Europe

  • yet people are getting poorer and poorer

  • Automation in manufacturing

  • and wealth accumulation by financial institutions

  • are changing our approach to work

  • More and more is produced

  • with fewer and fewer people

  • Unemployment rates have skyrocketed

  • and paid work is no longer a right for everyone!

  • The good news is that never before in history

  • have human societies generated so much wealth

  • But while this wealth is produced

  • by the work of allpast and present-

  • this wealth is unevenly

  • distributed among citizens

  • We, as European citizens

  • propose an alternative !

  • It's not a new idea

  • but now is the time to put it into action !

  • It’s called

  • Unconditional Basic Income

  • Have you heard of it?

  • Not yet?

  • Article 25 of the Universal Declaration

  • of Human Rights states

  • Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate

  • for the health and well-being of himself

  • and of his family

  • including food

  • clothing

  • housing

  • and medical care

  • and necessary social services

  • and the right to security in the event of unemployment...

  • There it is!

  • Basic Income should be

  • universal

  • individual

  • unconditional

  • and high enough

  • to ensure a dignified existence

  • and participation in society

  • This new fundamental right for humanity

  • not only would eradicate misery

  • it is also a way to develop

  • non-market oriented work

  • such as

  • artists

  • parents

  • and volunteers

  • But it's also an economic measure!

  • A basic income for all

  • would mean supporting local business

  • Therefore, it would enable us

  • to fully exercise our citizenship

  • How do we finance it?

  • Easy!

  • We have several proposals

  • financial and high-income taxation

  • a consumption tax on luxury goods and polluting products

  • and mainly

  • self-financing

  • by simplification of a very long list

  • of current social transfers

  • and associated public services

  • which have become obsolete

  • What we propose

  • would be much simpler

  • equal and transparent

  • everyone gets a basic income

  • without even asking for it

  • But then of course it's up to you to work if you want more money !

  • We, as European citizens

  • have now launched an official petition

  • called European Citizen Initiative

  • to make the European authorities

  • examine our manifesto

  • So... What's the deal?

  • First of all, we have to surpass

  • a minimum threshold of seven countries

  • 15 countries have already joined the campaign

  • and are getting ready to collect signatures

  • Hopefully others will join up soon

  • The European Commission

  • must consider our proposals

  • when we reach the one million signatures required

  • If accepted

  • studies of the different models

  • and amounts of Basic Income will begin

  • We must mobilize

  • by organizing events

  • creating local groups

  • and creating a buzz

  • by telling your friends and everyone around you

  • that a new idea is growing in Europe!

  • Thank you for visiting

  • and signing our petition !

Today austerity seems to be the only answer given

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Basic Income, a new human right

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    王惟惟 posted on 2017/03/25
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