Minister of Labor in the Shitstorm
On Tuesday, the 09.05.2017 Andrea Nahles spoke at the Re: publica in Berlin on the subject of unconditional basic income - and thus triggered a Shitstorm. In fact, their speech did not trigger a shitstorm, but what Germany radio made of it.
The handle took the following quotation from the speech and thus from its context and posted the following post on its website:
"The basic income means that no one does more poor or low paid work."
What did Andrea Nahles really say?
No wonder that then the comments at Facebook piled up: 4.000 times the contribution was now shared, the Shitstorm also taken up by other media such as the Berlin morning mail.
Andrea Nahles questioned precisely this argument, which is often led by opponents and advocates of the basic income. The quotation in the context:
"The basic income means that no one does more poor or low paid work. Guys, if that were true, I would waver. "
The conservative point of view: work as value
Only in the further course of the lecture it becomes clear what Nahles means by that: The basic income can not, in their opinion, prevent badly paid jobs. On the contrary, just because people only have to earn extra, the pay is rather worse - and probably the reputation lower.
For me that's the sticking point in Nahles's argumentation: work is seen in our society as a value in itself. The Minister of Labor is not in the mood for the basic income because she prefers to remain independent. And your own work is the means to independence, who is active, is also rewarded.
In the history of mankind, this point of view is only a few hundred years old; in antiquity, for example, idleness was regarded as fancy. Ms Nahles's testimony also shows how much this way of thinking has now become flesh and blood.
The future: we no longer work for money?
If one, however, the forecasts of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Richard David Precht or brain researchers Professor Dr. Gerald Hüther may believe that there will be no other solution in the future than an unconditional basic income.
The reason for this is the digitalization and also the transformation of the automobile industry Interview with Deutschlandfunk:
"People will continue to work in the future," he admits. "But maybe they will not do it anymore for money, and maybe they will not do it anymore for a company and they will not do it anymore in an employee relationship."
And the brain researcher Professor Dr. Gerald Hüther will be in the Epoch Times quotes:
"In 20 years, only someone will work and do something for the society that really wants it"
Experiments on Basic Income
It is therefore exciting that there are already first successful field trials with the unconditional basic income:
For example, non-profit association "My Basic Income" from Berlin. His goal is to find out what makes Unconditional Basic Income (BGE) with people. Since September 2014 finances "My Basic Income" BGEs by crowdfunding. As soon as 12.000 Euros are available, they will be raffled off to a person who then receives 1.000 Euro per month unconditionally for one year. Only recently has the club equal to 15 for one year.
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