A Conversation with Philip Kovce and Julian Nida-Rümelin
The Basic Income Guarantee – Ivory-tower utopia or workable model for the future?
The basic income guarantee refers to a scheme that would provide a monthly, state-mandated, tax-supported payment to every person regardless of his/her income or wealth and employment status. Here Klaus-Jürgen Scherer interviews Philip Kovce and Julian Nida-Rümelin about the proposal. The former is the author of the book, »Was fehlt, wenn alles da ist? Warum das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen die richtigen Fragen stellt« (»Voting for Freedom. The 2016 Swiss Referendum on Basic Income: A Milestone in the Advancement of Democracy«). The latter, a philosopher, warned against the divisive tendencies implicit in the basic income guarantee as early as 2008 in an article for the Quarterly’s Germanlanguage parent publication, Neue Gesellschaft/Frankfurter Hefte.