philippe van parijs

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intro’d to Philippe via his tedxghent june 2016

jesus (@wert6669) tweeted at 3:44 AM – 10 Oct 2016 : The instrument of freedom

VIDEO: Philippe Van Parijs at TEDx Ghent (

only one solution – growth.. expected productivity to go up..  but was already a few years after.. ecological limits to growth..

there must be something else.. perhaps capitalism – way of org\ing a complex econ.. but has at least one major drawback: it enslaves us.. subjects as individuals and political communicators to dictates of market and dictatorship of competitiveness

perhaps socialism: replacement of private means of ownership by collective.. then fall of berlin wall and have my doubts.. socialist econs were not doing too well in terms of econ efficiency.. disappointing in regard to equality and freedom..

most be something else… then.. it clicked.. i thought .. i’ve got it.. very simple.. i hadn’t heard/seen of it.. had to coin new expression.. i called it – universal benefit – unconditional basic income..


1\ individual – don’t need to see who you live with

2\ universal – don’t need to see how much you earn

3\ duty free – don’t need to check ability/willingness to work

so..fundamentally diff from socialist systems and socialist insurance

ubi allows you to accept/deny jobs  you can’t today.. don’t exist now because don’t have unconditional floor

ubi for a society that gives real freedom to say no/yes.. real freedom for all


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Philosopher, Brusseler. Grew up in Molenbeek. Lives in European Quarter. Join him in thinking — and acting — globally, and in acting — and thinking — locally!

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Philippe Van Parijs (French: [filip vɑ̃ paʁɛjs]; born 23 May 1951) is a left-libertarian Belgian philosopher and political economist, mainly known as a proponent and main defender of the basic income concept and for the first systematic treatment of linguistic justice.


In Real Freedom for All: What (if anything) can justify capitalism? (1995) he argues for both the justice and feasibility of a basic income for every citizen. Van Parijs asserts that it promotes the achievement of a real freedom to make choices. For example, he purports that one cannot really choose to stay at home to raise children or start a business if one cannot afford to. As proposed by Van Parijs, such freedom should be feasible through taxing the scarce, valued social good of jobs, as a form of income redistribution.

Another part of Van Parijs’ work is about linguistic justice. In order to address the injustice arising from the privilege enjoyed by English as a global lingua franca, he discusses a wide range of measures such as a language tax which would be paid by English-speaking countries, a ban on the dubbing of films, and the enforcement of a linguistic territoriality principle that would protect weaker languages.

Van Parijs’s work is sometimes associated with the September Group of analytic Marxism, though he is not himself a committed Marxist.


unconditional basic income et al ..basic income earth network ness et al

or perhaps.. only as a temp/placebo.. to .. a nother way..

let’s do this firstfree art-ists.

for (blank)’s sake

ie: hosting life bits via self talk as data.. as the day
e: 1 yr to try commons via short bp ness be\cause short ness