The idea behind a basic income seems to be a simple one: everyone gets - unconditionally - a specific amount of money and is therefore freed from the corset of wage working. This freedom of doing without worrying about money can be used in every manner: creative, productive and positive. Dreams, ambitions, and longings can be realized - so says the theory. But can we afford it? Who has to pay for it and what are the disadvantages? Is this vision created by an idealistic and privileged perspective? What about lazy people?
It does not only raise questions of practical matter but touches the core of our society: How much is our definition of work connected to money? How much do we base our self-worth and construct our identity on work and its financial outcome? What are the power structures from modern day working culture and can individuals and their collectives be without those? Does the basic income even have an impact on democracy and political systems?
Raising and debating these questions seems more relevant than ever: Switzerland just had a referendum on the basic income, several experiments take place in the Netherlands and in Germany the discourse manifests in different approaches from philosophical to crowdfunding initiatives.