So well put….
Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth
An exciting alternative to growth economics which looks like a very congenial context for Citizen’s Income.
The diagram consists of two rings. The inner ring of the doughnut represents a sufficiency of the resources we need to lead a good life: food, clean water, housing, sanitation, energy, education, healthcare, democracy. Anyone living within that ring, in the hole in the middle of the doughnut, is in a state of deprivation. The outer ring of the doughnut consists of the Earth’s environmental limits, beyond which we inflict dangerous levels of climate change, ozone depletion, water pollution, loss of species and other assaults on the living world.
The area between the two rings – the doughnut itself – is the “ecologically safe and socially just space” in which humanity should strive to live. The purpose of economics should be to help us enter that space and stay there.
Thanks, Jane Francis – this is brilliant!
The second CBINS meeting was another sell out, held in the beautiful new Kelty Community Centre on Saturday 28th January. A central focus was Fife Council’s intention to carry out a local pilot in a small central/West Fife village in the next three years. One of the aims of this meeting was to open up discussion early on, to flag up perceived benefits and potential pitfalls. It felt like a real treat to be sitting listening to political philosopher Professor Karl Widerquist as he set the scene so passionately. We are the only species alive he said, who don’t have direct access to the resources to fulfil our basic needs of food, shelter and connection. Continue reading “Citizens Basic Income Network Scotland Fife Pilot Meeting”
Robin McAlpine from Common Weal @ Yes Dunfermline
Went with Jane from Inverkeithing Arts Initiative to hear Robin McAlpine from Common Weal on indyref 2. He is passionate and pragmatic about winning this time round, saying we need a campaign that:
Universal Basic Income and Recognition Theory – A Tangible Step towards an Ideal
by Roisin Mulligan
In the context (of basic income), the basic idea underlying theories of recognition is that persons need to have their individual identities ‘recognised’ in the same way they value themselves in order to flourish as human beings. What this entails varies from one account to another, but it broadly requires that each individual must be affirmed for his or her innate characteristics and contributions.
I’ve just skimmed so far, but looking forward to reading properly as there is a very useful focus on work and an analysis of it.
Finland so Far – A Couple of Cautionary Articles
As the Finnish experiment gets underway the American leftwing magazine and website Jacobin analyses how the experiment has been diluted and narrowed. It is only being given to unemployed people because “the primary goal of the basic income experiment is related to promoting employment.” The UBI Bait and Switch article concludes that schemes conceived with the best will in the world can be implemented conservatively, “forcing unemployed workers into bad jobs while undermining organized labor, earnings equality, and the welfare state.”