[Wikimedia-l] Basic income & Wikimedians

Emmanuel Engelhart kelson at kiwix.org
Thu Jan 9 11:22:05 UTC 2014

Le 09/01/2014 10:59, Seb35 a écrit :
> For a TL;DR about the concept, the idea of an (unconditionnal) basic
> income is to give each citizen of a country a sum of money in order to
> fullfill their basic needs: lodging, eat, be healthy. To give an idea of
> the amount, one hears often 800-1000 € in France and I heard 2500 CHF in
> Switzerland. If people want to earn more, their work income will be in
> addition of this basic income. You can read more on the Wikipedia articles
> ([1] and other languages). Be aware, this idea is as strange as Wikipedia
> when one discovers it.
> As a Wikipmedian, I dream of such a basic income: it would empower the
> people to edit the Wikimedia projects by giving them libre time (libre as
> free speech). I don’t think Wikimedia itself should support this to avoid
> being involved in politics, but probably many Wikipmedians could be
> interested in this idea.
> For the European citizens, there is currently an official call (an ECI
> [2]) to support this idea at the European level, see [3] ; this call ends
> in one week (yes, the 200,000 signatures is a bit far of the million
> signatures needed). In Switzerland, a popular legislative initiative
> collected more than the 100,000 needed signatures in September 2013, and
> this will lead to a nationwide referendum about the basic income there.

I personally support the vision of the basic income. Such a move would
be extremely encouraging for our projects, for our societies. Thank you
Seb35 for advertising this European call.

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