Today I came across some interesting articles regarding Dominique Villepin, who is former French prime minister, and his idea of a national basic income for all Frenchmen… which is termed a “revenu citoyen garanti”. A guaranteed income for all citizens. This project will be taken into the 2012 presidential elections for France by Villepin – so I found it worthwhile to investigate as he is considered to be an influential politician.

From what I could gather from articles and a video interview done by himself – the plan is to give every citizen a basic income of 850 euro a month who does not have any other source of income. This is supposed to be a ‘security net’ that should restore the citizens’ dignity – in that no citizen will be allowed to exist in financial insecurity as ‘France is a wealthy country’.

To be clear – the idea is based on redistribution through a ‘targeted taxation system’ that will allow to support those Frenchman who are currently without income. And there is mention of a 30 Billion euro budget to make this happen… so clearly the proposed ‘change’ is within the bounds of the current economic and monetary system – and therefore will not give a sustainable solution in the long run.

I have a general interest in any program that supports a basic income for all – even though here, as in all of the other branches of the universal income project – the point is still approached from within the current existing monetary an economic system and therefore not a real solution.

The technical cause of the crisis is the monetary system itself – which is inherently unstable because it is based on inequality (profit is a relationship of inequality) and therefore it can never include all of humanity – as there must always be large numbers of human beings to be exploited so that a minority can make a profit.     

It would however be interesting if France would actually get to a point of actually trying Villepin’s program – as that will make it clear that a completely new economic and monetary system is actually required for any real change to actually be possible. What do I mean with real change? With real change I mean to actually change the human experience on earth – from an existence of competition, struggle and survival to a point of freedom, dignity and equality.

The ‘point’ with the equal basic income – is that it has to be done by implementing a new monetary  system altogether, through which one can simply generate the money required to allocate to everyone equally. This money system will be different from the current one in that your money will only be able to be used once, as the purpose of the money will merely be to ensure equal distribution and to prevent abuse. Thus money will no longer be a symbol of ‘power’ that one can accumulate, but only a means of communication. Historically speaking it will be the ‘end of capitalism’ – because what is capitalism? It is that point in human history where money became a trading commodity in itself – which is where the economy stopped making any sense, as one could now make money directly from money itself. But it will also be the end of profit altogether. As the starting point for exchange will no longer be to take advantage of each other – but to actually support each other. Unimaginable !

Let’s have a look at profit. The principle of profit is that I want to exchange good or services with someone in such a way that I get MORE out of the exchange than what I put into it. So, somehow I will always have to convince the other person to accept my unequal bargain so that I may ‘win’ from the deal. Therefore to make profit always involves an element of ‘stealing’. Thus if all of humanity engage in such behavior – you end up with half the world living in absolute poverty – which is precisely the situation we have in fact created. That point alone should make any sane person realize that profit should be made illegal as an unspeakable crime against humanity.

So – back to Villepin – the solution he presents is not a real solution unfortunately – as it does not actually challenge the current existing economic order of profit and gain – nor the banking system and the monetary system that perpetuate inequality and abuse on a world-scale.

To find out what a real solution could look like that includes everyone, investigate Equal Money and join the research.

Gabriël Zamora Moreno

http://equalmoney.org

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