In the last ten years, inside the French Degrowth movement*, a social and economic tools able to initiate and support a democratic transition towards sustainable and desirable societies based on Degrowth have been explored, debated and developed. This discussions and thinking were made around the idea of unconditional basic income, resource caps, open relocalisation, free access of a “good” use of resources, etc. and also a radical reform of the economic and financial system.
Hence, a redistribution of resources through the creation of the Unconditional Autonomy Allowance (Dotation Inconditionnelle d’Autonomie) necessarily coupled with a fixed maximum income has is proposed. The allowance is designed to relocalise the economy whilst preserving national and international solidarities, to gain emancipation from the central value of “work”, to get rid of the religion of economics, in order to achieve self-management, food and energy self-sufficiencies by getting out of the dependency onto non-renewable resources, mainly oil and to re-engage citizens’ participation in politics.
This allowance would be unconditionally applied from birth to death; it covers free use of energy, water and food, free access to goods and public services (food, education, health, transport) and the creation of local non speculative currencies.
It would also be an economic tool to get rid of the debts crises and the speculation trap in creating new local, social, participative and non-speculative economic systems.
Promoting a democratic and serene transition towards sustainable and above all desirable societies.
“The first of all Degrowth*** must be degrowth of inequalities”. Thus, one of the propositions often mentioned and debated by the Objectors to Growth (OG)1 is the implementation of an Unconditional Autonomy Allowance (UAA) 2 coupled with a Maximum Authorised Income (MAI)3. The UAA would be granted to all on an equal basis from birth to death, in order to guarantee a descent way of life not tied up with holding a job4. This allowance would be individual, inalienable and accruable with any other income: as a way to acknowledge each community member’s contribution to society, throughout all his/her activities, mainly the non-mercantile ones.