[Wikimedia-l] Basic income & Wikimedians

Ilario Valdelli valdelli at gmail.com
Thu Jan 9 12:53:36 UTC 2014

In Switzerland the national referendum has not approved it.

There was the idea to have a minimum guaranteed salary for all citizens and
the 1:12 (a manager could not receive a salary which is more than 12 times
than that of an employee of the same company) but both of them have not
been approved by the population.

Switzerland is a very strange country... but what the population decides
it's mandatory.


On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 10:59 AM, Seb35 <seb35wikipedia at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I would like to speak on this list about the basic income.
> 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.
> Any thoughts about that?
> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_income
> [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Citizens'_Initiative
> [3] http://sign.basicincome2013.eu/
> ~ Seb35 [^_^]
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Ilario Valdelli
Wikimedia CH
Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens
Association pour l’avancement des connaissances libre
Associazione per il sostegno alla conoscenza libera
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