Basic Income: A Cultural Impulse (2008)


Grundeinkommen – ein Kulturimpuls (The Basic Income – A Cultural Impulse) is a German film with subtitles in 10 languages that makes the case for a basic income for all citizens.

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“An income is like air beneath the wings” so begins the film. Should a basic income be unconditional for everyone? The film stimulates the discussion of this unconventional idea in a way that opens the viewers mind – to think and to question the larger complexities in a refreshing and direct way.

“The film ‘basic income’ leaves one with a strong curiosity and invites you to think further. An extremely interesting economics lesson. ” – Basler Zeitung

“The movie leaves a deep impression. He removes the fear of the discomfort of thought. It arouses lively interest in the affairs of society. A cultural impulse beyond idealism, a challenge! ”
Nadine Aeberhard-Josche, Info3

I just saw this documentary, suggested by Lukáš Fireš, and it brought tears to my eyes, because here is something implementable now, which reduces the focus on profit in this system and empowers individuals, indirectly reducing competition and stimulating cooperation.
A great immediate step for the transition.

I see a basic income as a transitional substitute for “free access to basic necessities,” and can imagine that if it were implemented and shown to be functional, it could gradually be increased, until we basically had “free access to most goods.” At this point all monetary barriers could simply be dropped, as most people already would be working not for the pay, but because they wanted to. :) – Dario WurmD