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The Basic Income Movement in France:
From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
Coordinator of the French Movement for a basic
income
stanjourdan@revenudebase.info
@stanjourdan
revenudebase.info
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
Basic Income in France
Some historical facts
●
1930s : Jacques Duboin, distributive economy
●
1970s : Yoland Bresson
●
1980s : Foundation of AIRE and BIEN
●
1990s : Revue MAUSS, unemployment movement, André Gorz,
Jean-Marc Ferry...
●
2000s : Basic Income disappears
●
2006 : Christine Boutin (Christian Democrats) proposes a law bill
●
2009 : Launch of a petition website for 'life income'
●
2011 : Villepin, POURS Collective
●
2012-13 : New network for basic income
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
The Basic Income Movement in France
in early 2012
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
Financing Basic Income in France
Some key facts
Source: Marc de Basquiat
allocationuniverselle.com
The existing redistribution in
France already gives
400€/adult on average
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
The failure of minimum income
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
The failure of minimum income
●
Reasons why people don't claim for the
minimum income in France :
– Don't know how to claim for it (30%)
– Think they are excluded (30%)
– Stigma effect (25%)
– Have others means of survival (25%)
– Lack of time (11%)
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
Financing Basic Income in France
Key facts
●
Ineffcient employement measures cost = 70bn
●
Fiscal privileges = 60bn
●
20% Flat tax on all income = 260bn
●
1% Tax on net assets = 50bn
●
Main drivers of healthcare defcit : overmedication +
work stoppage (how would a basic income help?)
●
Consumption tax (VAT) is the most controversial in
France (a realistic political pathway?)
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
Financing Basic income in France
Others proposals for fnancing basic
income
– Further fscal & social reforms (Ferry,
Marseille, Mylondo)
– Ecological / Financial taxes (Mylondo,
Moulier-Boutang)
– Money creation (Bresson, Laborde)
– Local currencies (Lepesant, Bosqué)
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
Basic Income in politics
Support from the party base
Support from the party leadership
●
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
The European initiative
A trigger for the
movement in France
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
What we achieved in one year
July 2012 : We created a new website that is now a
reference on the topic of basic income
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
What we achieved in one year
We reach the attention of 10k+ people every month
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
What we achieved in one year
We use online tools to
connect people offline
More than 20 local
groups were created in
less than one year
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
What we achieved in one year
May 2013 : First major media coverage
The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action
Stanislas Jourdan
Next challenges for the French
Movement
●
Create a common
framework for
implementation scenarios
●
Gain more explicit support
from the civil society
●
Keep on building the
network online/offine
« We need to build an irresistible pressureon the
dominant forces to make them accept the idea
that Labor does not mean only paid work. Other
activities are equally productive and enriching for
humans »
André Gorz, 1990
stanjourdan@revenudebase.info
@stanjourdan
revenudebase.info

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The Basic Income Movement in France

  • 1. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan Coordinator of the French Movement for a basic income stanjourdan@revenudebase.info @stanjourdan revenudebase.info
  • 2. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan Basic Income in France Some historical facts ● 1930s : Jacques Duboin, distributive economy ● 1970s : Yoland Bresson ● 1980s : Foundation of AIRE and BIEN ● 1990s : Revue MAUSS, unemployment movement, André Gorz, Jean-Marc Ferry... ● 2000s : Basic Income disappears ● 2006 : Christine Boutin (Christian Democrats) proposes a law bill ● 2009 : Launch of a petition website for 'life income' ● 2011 : Villepin, POURS Collective ● 2012-13 : New network for basic income
  • 3. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan The Basic Income Movement in France in early 2012
  • 4. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan Financing Basic Income in France Some key facts Source: Marc de Basquiat allocationuniverselle.com The existing redistribution in France already gives 400€/adult on average
  • 5. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan The failure of minimum income
  • 6. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan The failure of minimum income ● Reasons why people don't claim for the minimum income in France : – Don't know how to claim for it (30%) – Think they are excluded (30%) – Stigma effect (25%) – Have others means of survival (25%) – Lack of time (11%)
  • 7. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan Financing Basic Income in France Key facts ● Ineffcient employement measures cost = 70bn ● Fiscal privileges = 60bn ● 20% Flat tax on all income = 260bn ● 1% Tax on net assets = 50bn ● Main drivers of healthcare defcit : overmedication + work stoppage (how would a basic income help?) ● Consumption tax (VAT) is the most controversial in France (a realistic political pathway?)
  • 8. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan Financing Basic income in France Others proposals for fnancing basic income – Further fscal & social reforms (Ferry, Marseille, Mylondo) – Ecological / Financial taxes (Mylondo, Moulier-Boutang) – Money creation (Bresson, Laborde) – Local currencies (Lepesant, Bosqué)
  • 9. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan Basic Income in politics Support from the party base Support from the party leadership ●
  • 10. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan The European initiative A trigger for the movement in France
  • 11. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan What we achieved in one year July 2012 : We created a new website that is now a reference on the topic of basic income
  • 12. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan What we achieved in one year We reach the attention of 10k+ people every month
  • 13. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan What we achieved in one year We use online tools to connect people offline More than 20 local groups were created in less than one year
  • 14. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan What we achieved in one year May 2013 : First major media coverage
  • 15. The Basic Income Movement in France: From grass-root renewal to the political action Stanislas Jourdan Next challenges for the French Movement ● Create a common framework for implementation scenarios ● Gain more explicit support from the civil society ● Keep on building the network online/offine
  • 16. « We need to build an irresistible pressureon the dominant forces to make them accept the idea that Labor does not mean only paid work. Other activities are equally productive and enriching for humans » André Gorz, 1990 stanjourdan@revenudebase.info @stanjourdan revenudebase.info