The first UBI Conference related specifically to the Asia-Pacific region took place last Saturday at the National ChengChi University in Taipei.
無條件基本收入在澳洲是由一個強大的政黨派系所提出。在澳洲，他們(註:可能指代表澳洲的講者)說，人們在各種層面上討論此想法，也在國會中討論。就澳洲方面的發展現況，由Gregory Marston、Munly Leong及Gray Flomenhoft透過Skype演說。在澳洲的籌資方式，如同在美國，人們正特別考慮用一種分紅的方式進行。作為一種分紅而支付給所有人的無條件基本收入，來自於資源和其它東西的消費，最終也就是一種消費稅。
Australia was represented by a strong faction. In Australia, they said, the basic income is discussed by many people and at all levels. Also in Parliament.
For Australia, Gregory Marston, Munly Leong and, via Skype, Gray Flomenhoft made a speech. Financing, in Australia - as in the USA - they are thinking of a dividend in particular. The disbursement of the basic income as a dividend to all from the consumption of resources and others. - Ultimately, a consumption tax.
Also via Skype Toru Yamamori from Japan and Sarath Davala from India took part. From South Korea Hyosang Ahn was arrived. The mayor of the city of Seongnam in South Korea, with whom I conducted an interview two years ago in Seoul, is now a presidential candidate and convinced of the unconditional basic income. Hyosang Ahn, however, believes that he does not have a chance at this election. From China, Cheng Furui was keynote speaker. I met her already last week in Beijing. The next evening after the Conference we met for dinner. In our converstaion she came up to it how the path to the basic income can look like in China. About this I’ll tell later more, when I’m back in Beijing.
Among the participants of the conference also were people from Singapore, New Zealand, South Africa and Guatemala. Among them the founder of the Basic Income Initiative Guatemala, which at first showed me where I can get a really good coffee here. I met him first at our conference “The Future of Work” in Zurich a year ago. Now he is studying in Taipei.
Here, as at many conferences, the basic income issue is dominated by the need of the poor, by abolishin poverty, by a support for those who "need" it. Therefore it must be be clearly stated that poverty control is honorable, but something else than the idea of an unconditional basic income. This is for all, not for a part of the society, it does not border. It leaves no one unaffected. The idea of the unconditional basic income must remain clear. There is nothing else in it, no package of measures, no redistribution, no social justice, no construction of a society. All that summed up there can be honorable in itself, but it is something different than the unconditional basic income. And it distorts it. In life there can be all sorts of steps and compromises. Not in the idea. That difference must be understood. Everybody understands it.
在台灣方面，我已在美國的亞特蘭大見過徐萍，她積極活躍推動無條件基本收入 ，而來自美國的Tyler Prochatzka是台北政大的學生。在此次的亞太地區會議中，相比於其他人，他們已給我最多的主講和問答時間。他們在台北及在台灣也替我組織過更多的會議。就工作收入能留給他的時間而言，同樣積極的是Albert Lin， 他安靜努力地推動。他與在台灣南部的一小群無條件基本收入支持者組成的團體，我會在下禮拜三去拜訪。
In Taiwan, Ping Xu, who I had already met in Atlanta, USA, is active for the basic income, and Tyler Prochatzka from the USA, student at the ChengChi University in Taipei. At the Asia Paci conference, they had given me the most time for a keynote speech and a Q&A in comparison to others. And they organized more meetings for me in Taipei and in the country. Also active, as far as his earning leaves time to him: Albert Lin, the silent one, industrious. His small basic income base group in the south of the island I’ll visit on Wednesday.
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Unconditional Basic Income
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