Un nouveau livre sur le revenu de base : Against Charity, par Daniel Raventós et Julie Wark

Ce livre (en anglais) paru chez CounterPunch pro­pose un reve­nu de base incon­di­tion­nel supé­rieur au seuil de pau­vre­té, finan­cé par un impôt pro­gres­sif.

Le but affi­ché : pas­ser du concept de cha­ri­té à celui de jus­tice, éra­di­quer la pau­vre­té et de per­mettre à la popu­la­tion de s’autonomiser.

Présentation de l’éditeur

Charity is not a gift. Gift‐giving implies reci­pro­ci­ty, an ongoing rela­tion­ship. When requi­tal is impos­sible, the act of giving remains out­side mutual ties and cha­ri­ty becomes yet ano­ther mani­fes­ta­tion of class struc­ture, a ste­rile one‐way act uphol­ding the sta­tus quo.

Vacuuming up all the pro­fits thanks to a weak labor move­ment, lower taxes, and tax havens (thanks, lob­byists and loath­some poli­ti­cians!), the glo­bal elite then turn around and remake the world in their own image with cha­ri­table dona­tions that speak more of mean‐spiritedness than gene­ro­si­ty. Postmodern ver­sions of nineteenth‐century cha­ri­ty aim to keep wealth and power in a few hands, mocking our desire for grea­ter income equa­li­ty.

Daniel Raventós and Julie Wark argue for an uncon­di­tio­nal uni­ver­sal basic income above the pover­ty line and paid for by pro­gres­sive taxa­tion to both era­di­cate pover­ty and empo­wer reci­pients — the result being the human right of mate­rial exis­tence. The bur­ning issue is not cha­ri­ty but jus­tice.

Daniel Raventós is the author of Basic Income : The Material Conditions of Freedom. He is on the edi­to­rial board of the inter­na­tio­nal poli­ti­cal review Sin Permiso.

Julie Wark, the author of The Human Rights Manifesto, is on the edi­to­rial board of Sin Permiso, and lives in Barcelona.

Via Basic Income News.

Illustration : © CounterPunch.

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