Mar 28, 2013

With Beppe Grillo, will Italy adopt a citizen-ownership democracy?

Ellen Brown: QE for the People: Grillo's Populist Plan for Italy: (March 2013)

+Beppe Grillo, leader of the biggest political party in Italy, promises 1000 euro per month for every citizen, although there is no firm date of implementation.

"Grillo's third proposal, a guaranteed basic income, is not just an off-the-wall, utopian idea either. A national dividend has been urged by the "Social Credit" school of monetary reform for nearly a century, and the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network has held a dozen annual conferences. They feel that a guaranteed basic income is the key to keeping modern, highly productive economies humming.
In Europe, the proposal is being pursued not just by Grillo's southern European party but by the sober Swiss of the north. An initiative to establish a new federal law for an unconditional basic income was formally introduced in Switzerland in April 2012. The idea consists of giving to all citizens a monthly income that is neither means-tested nor work-related. Under the Swiss referendum system of direct democracy, if the initiative gathers more than 100,000 signatures before October 2013, the Federal Assembly is required to look into it."

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