Free Lunch Society


Free Lunch Society Free Lunch Society

Original title : Free Lunch Society: Komm Komm Grundeinkommen

Director : Christian Tod

Cast : Peter Barnes, Petra Barthel, Tiffany Beroid

Production year: 2014

Origin: Austria | Germany

Language: German | English

Genre: Documentary


Available in: Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Venezuela

What would you do if your income were taken care of?Just a few years ago, an unconditional basic income was considered a pipe dream. Today, this utopia is more imaginable than ever before – intense discussions are taking place in all political and scientific camps.FREE LUNCH SOCIETY provides background information about this idea and searches for explanations, possibilities and experiences regarding its implementation. Globalization, automation, Donald Trump. The middle class is falling apart. One hears talk about the causes, rather than about solutions. Time for a complete rethinking:An unconditional basic income means money for everyone – as a human right without service in return! Visionary reform project, neoliberal axe to the roots of the social state or socially romantic left-wing utopia? Depending on the type and scope, a basic income demonstrates very different ideological visions. Which side of the coin one sees depends on one’s own idea of humankind: inactivity as sweet poison that seduces people into laziness, or freedom from material pressures as a chance for oneself and for the community. Do we actually need the whip of existential fear to avoid a lazy, depraved life in front of the TV set? Or does gainful employment give our lives meaning and social footing simply because we haven’t known anything else for centuries? And because we’ve never all had the freedom to self-actualise in other ways?

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