Panel discussion at the the 4th International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Leipzig in 2014.
Speakers: Vincent Liegey, Werner Rätz and Margit Appel
Facilitation: Dagmar Paternoga
From the conference programme: The essentials of the idea of an unconditional basic income are clearly related to a degrowth society. A basic income provides autonomy for people and opens the opportunity for individuals to reduce extrinsic motivated labor. This could provoke an emancipatory degrowth society. Recent thoughts within the degrowth movement relate the idea to a massive expansion of infrastructure that allows autonomy by non monetary benefits. Less danger of ongoing needless consumption? Less emancipation as well?