Some may argue that this is just evidence of more people wanting hand outs. But I think there is a deeper shift in consciousness going on. It’s not that people should get handouts, it’s that our world should be structured so that basic living is free for all.
No one should have to ‘earn a living’ on Earth. If you read that and think it’s just Idealism then you have a lot of research to do.
Our world is artificially suppressed on so many levels it’s staggering. When humanity finally realizes the full breadth of what our would-be masters need to do to maintain their illusion of control, we will have prosperity for all and no one will argue that such a basic need as housing and food should not be free for everyone.
In a move to combat growing pay inequality, Swiss citizens will vote on whether to give every adult in Switzerland a basic income.
BERNE — Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of growing public activism over pay inequality since the financial crisis.
A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs — about $2,800 — per month from the state, with the aim of providing a financial safety net for the population.
Organizers submitted more than the 100,000 signatures needed to call a referendum on Friday and tipped a truckload of 8 million five-cent coins outside the parliament building in Bern, one for each person living in Switzerland.
8 million five-cent coins, representing every person living in Switzerland, were dumped from a truck in Bern by the committee that pushed for a vote on giving all adults a basic income.
In March, Swiss voters backed some of the world’s strictest controls on executive pay, forcing public companies to give shareholders a binding vote on compensation.
A separate proposal to limit monthly executive pay to no more than what the company’s lowest-paid staff earn in a year, the so-called 1:12 initiative, faces a popular vote on Nov. 24.
The initiative’s organizing committee said the basic income could partly be financed through money from social insurance systems in Switzerland.
The timing of the vote has yet to be announced, pending official guidance from the government.
Reporting by Denis Balibouse, writing by Alice Baghdjian