for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity
Venice (Italy), 19th-23rd September 2012
THE GREAT TRANSITION
Degrowth as a passage of civilization
Workshop 25: Unconditional Autonomy Allowance
In the last four years, inside the French Degrowth movement, we started to develop a social and economic tool able to initiate and support a democratic transition towards sustainable and desirable societies based on Degrowth. These discussions and thoughts surrounded the idea of basic income, resource caps, re-localisation, resource freedom for a ?good? use, etc.
Hence, we proposed a redistribution of resources through the creation of the Unconditional Autonomy Allowance (Dotation Inconditionnelle d‘Autonomie) necessarily coupled with a fixed maximum income. The allowance is designed to re-localise the economy whilst preserving national and international solidarities, to gain emancipation from the central value of ?work? associated with capitalism, in order to achieve self-management, food and energy self-sufficiencies by getting out of the dependence onto non-renewable resources, mainly oil, and to re-engage citizens‘ participation in politics. This allowance would apply from birth to death unconditionally; it covers free use of energy, water and food, free access (food, education, health, transport) and the creation of local non speculative currencies. It would also be an economic tool to get rid of the debts and the speculation in creating new local, social and non-speculative economic systems. It could also initiate a re-politicization of the society with a higher participation.
The main objectives of this workshop would be:
- To present this proposal in details.
- To discuss and criticize the relevancy of such a proposal.
Vincent Liegey, French Degrowth Movement (France)
Download the article about UAA: “Unconditional Autonomy Allowance (UAA): a tool for equality and dignity”, by Vincent Liegey