- prospects for basic social security after the end of money?, Dr. Stefan Schneider
At the same time as the debates about the basic income, discourses are gaining in significance revealing a completely different way of dealing with matters connected with vital services. We are talking about social (digital) networks, P2P methods of production, new forms of cooperation. At a material level, a dif ferent way of dealing with things is being propagated and tried out: centre stage are not finances, prices and transactions but rather new collaborative ways of dealing with things: we are talking about donating, swapping and jointly using consumer goods. At the level of work, too, a self determined, networked form of intangible working, possible for everyone, is being debated as a prospect for the working society. The abolition of the monetary economy seems to be the theoretical consequence of these developments: Citizens take what they need and have to bargain together concerning how to produce what is used and needed. An attempt will be made in the talk/contribution to connect the essential aspects of the debate on the basic income, enabling basic social security, with current socioscientific and sociopolitical ideas on the concepts of multitude and commons, along with debates on the opportunities and potential of the digital (global/networking) society. With reference to these three trends, questions will be asked in a utopian perspective about the opportunities, risks and limitations of basic social security after the end of the money.
Abstract für den 14. Kongress des Basic Income Earth Network 14. - 16. September 2012 im Wolf-Ferrari-Haus in Ottobrunn bei München
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