So well put….
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.”
What can an artist/activist achieve in a place, given a year of not having to worry about money?
Even though she only revealed the tip of the iceberg of her research and activism in her year of living within the boundary of Glasgow, I was impressed by the scope and scale of Ellie Harrison’s investigations of the Glasgow Effect She was inspired by New Economics Foundation approach: Economics as if People and the Planet Mattered. One of her themes was transport and the twin irritations of a city carved up by motorways and the sorry state of public transport, particularly the buses. This in a city which has a lower than average car ownership. Sometimes it takes a fresh eye to re-view what everyone else has stopped seeing, just got used to. Pavel Buchler once said that one function of art is to stop and look after everyone else has moved on – wait a minute folks, look at this! Not only had she looked – through her investigations, she had discovered that the monthly board meetings of SPT (Strathclyde Partnership Transport) are open to the public! She set herself up as undercover artist in residence at SPT and attended six Board meetings to learn and to lobby.
Freakonomics podcast – In Praise of Maintenance
Thought-provoking podcast about the valuing of maintenance as well as innovation in our lives, communities and systems. Reminds me of when I was working as a postie in Shetland in the early 1980’s. One of my rounds was Sullom Voe and the Oil Terminal. I remember someone explaining the two phases of development – one team came and installed the terminal, then another team came and ran the thing – innovation then maintenance.
Maybe a more nuanced sense of how things work is that innovation contains maintenance and maintenance contains innovation. Does this resonate with the thinking embedded in the post harmony considering the tensions in a rope which makes it hold together?
Noting the etymology of maintenance – holding in the hand (Latin) and it’s cousin maintenant (French:now)