Die absurde und zerstörerische Idee eines bedingungslosen Grundeinkommens

Essay von Pierre Bessard*

Die Forderung, auf Kosten anderer zu leben, entspricht bestenfalls der Laune eines Kindes, das die Ethik der Reziprozität noch nicht verinnerlicht hat.

Zu den zurecht verwirrendsten Reformideen, die gegenwärtig zirkulieren, zählt die eines “bedingungslosen Grundeinkommens”. Es geht dabei um nichts Geringeres als die monatliche Zahlung eines ausreichenden Geldbetrags “zur Deckung der Grundbedürfnisse” an jedermann, unabhängig von seinen materiellen Verhältnissen, das heisst die Überweisung einer lebenslangen Rente ohne Gegenleistung und Voraussetzung von der Geburt bis zum Tod. Damit würde jeder Bürger unter die finanzielle Vormundschaft des Staates und in die Abhängigkeit der anderen gestellt. Angesichts der Tatsache, dass die Finanzierung eines solchen Systems zwangläufig vom Arbeitseinsatz und der Besteuerung jener abhinge, die noch zu arbeiten bereit sind, würde so die Zwangsarbeit ins Recht gesetzt, um die «Bedürfnisse» derer zu befriedigen, die sich keine beruflichen Fertigkeiten mehr aneignen und keiner produktiven Tätigkeit mehr nachgehen, um für ihren Konsum aufzukommen …

Zum Weiterlesen laden sie sich den gesamten Beitrag herunter (PDF) -> LI Paper: Pierre Bessard

* Der Autor Pierre Bessard ist Ökonom sowie Mitglied des Stiftungsrates und Direktor des Liberalen Instituts, Zürich (Schweiz). ECAEF bedankt sich beim Liberalen Institut für die freundliche Genehmigung, seinen Beitrag ebenfalls zu veröffentlichen. 

Murder is a Habit

GIS* statement by Prince Michael of Liechtenstein

World-famous British crime novelist Agatha Christie was an outstanding observer of human nature. In Murder in Mesopotamia, her sleuth hero, Hercule Poirot, makes this astute observation: “There are things that my profession has taught me. And one of these things, the most terrible thing, is this: murder is a habit.” The implication is that after one commits a crime for the first time, doing it again becomes easier. Looking at the present behavior of governments and institutions in Europe, one is reminded of the wisdom of this insight.

When a law – or even a best practice – is violated and no sanction follows, what was once a transgression becomes a common practice. Habitual abuse of the law is a form of corruption. There will always be miscreants deriving advantages from this – for example, to get reelected.

The tendency for disregarding sound rules of governance became noticeable in Western Europe a number of years ago, mostly due to public overspending. This has led to various crises today. Among them is a crisis of political institutions.

For one, the European Central Bank does not respect the necessity to separate monetary policy from fiscal policy. Its artificially low interest rates erode the value of money, while quantitative easing constitutes a significant breach of the EU’s fundamental no-bailout rule …

Continue reading the original statement “Murder is a Habit” here -> GIS Statements

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Vernon Smith Prize 2016: Call for Papers!

Vernon Smith Prize 2016 Call for Papers
Vernon Smith Prize 2016

Call for Papers!

The 9th International Vernon Smith Prize for the Advancement of Austrian Economics is an essay competition sponsored and organized by ECAEF European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation, Vaduz (Principality of Liechtenstein). This years’ topic:

Direct Democracy versus Representative Democracy.
Cost and Benefits for the Citizenry!

|- First Prize EUR 4,000 -|

|- Second Prize EUR 3,000 -|

|- Third Prize EUR 2,000 -|

Although, democracy is fundamentally a method for preserving individual liberty and civil rights, this almost narcotic term has become so powerful today that all essential limitations on governmental power are breaking down before it. By deteriorating into a scheme of legitimizing the regime of coalitions of organized interests, representative democracies gradually transform into oligarchies. While it is assumed that governments always have the people’s best interests in mind, for the most part they seem to act in their own behalf. In direct democratic systems, however citizens have more controlling devices at their disposal and can propose, decide, or profoundly modify their governing laws, and even secede from the republic. Are direct democracies more cost effective and beneficial for the citizenry?

Direct Democracy versus Representative Democracy.
Cost and Benefits for the Citizenry!

ECAEF invites papers on this topic which meet the following requirements:

1: Entries may be submitted by individuals of up to 30 years (in 2016).

2: Entries may not exceed 12 pages; 1.5 spacing; left/right margins no less then 1 inch; full bibliography and a 1/2 page summary (abstract) must be included.

3: Entries must be submitted in English in electronic form (PDF) to krl@ecaef.li and must include an abbreviated CV, featuring DoB, education, and current position

4: Entries must be received on or before November 11, 2016.

5. It is mandatory that all prize winners participate in the award ceremony in Vaduz Prizes are not transferable and will be awarded on the basis of originality, grasp of subject, and the logical consistence of the argument.

Essays will be judged by an international jury and the winners will be invited to present their papers at a special event in Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein, on February 6, 2017. First Prize €4,000 – Second Prize €3,000 – Third Prize €2,000.

Who is afraid of Donald Trump?

GIS statement by Prince Michael of Liechtenstein

Europe and the world are watching Donald Trump’s behavior in the United States presidential campaign with amazement. He has shocked his country’s media elites, who are more accustomed than their European counterparts to harsh talk and mudslinging between candidates. His aggressive rhetoric and erratic tactics are a novelty for even seasoned followers of U.S. politics, writes Prince Michael of Liechtenstein.

Most interestingly, though, Donald Trump continues to run a successful campaign. Intellectuals criticize his supporters as ignorant, but experience shows that in instances where populist newcomers are successful, there is a flaw in the system. Voters are not ignorant.

Florida, U.S., March 15, 2016: a Trump supporter gives the thumbs up to motorists honking at his sign outside the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office. Source: GIS/dpa

In representative democracies, the political establishment typically reacts to newcomers by trying to marginalize them. Usually, the outsider is branded a buffoon, a racist, a radical or an extremist of one sort or another.

But instead of trying to brush aside Mr. Trump, opinion shapers should take a close look at what is wrong with the system that allowed him to get this far. The fact is that most people no longer believe that the political establishment has their best interests at heart. This is certainly the case in Europe, and Mr. Trump’s success indicates it is in the U.S. as well.

The working population feels unrepresented by both the right and the left. Entrepreneurs are increasingly stymied by overregulation. These two groups form the backbone of any properly functioning economy and are responsible for producing the country’s wealth. But there is a widening gap between them and those who reap the benefits: government, politicians and intellectuals. In this context workers can, and should, identify with entrepreneurs.

Seen from across the Atlantic, this seems to be the reason why Donald Trump’s exaggerated statements appeal to large swathes of the population. In Europe the problem is even worse; politicians’ reputations are at the lowest end of the scale.

The anti-Trump forces are now resorting to the marginalization tactic. This might work for the moment. But if the political classes do not learn the lesson of why people are gravitating toward more realistic, less intellectual, less party-centered politics, the consequences could be dire. The “newcomers” who crop up in the future could make Mr. Trump look far less radical than we see him today.

Read the original statement “Who is afraid of Donald Trump?” here -> GIS Statements

Unzulässiger Eingriff in persönliche Freiheit

Liewo Prinz Michael von Liechtenstein

Interview von Liewo-Redakteur Michael Winkler mit Prinz Michael von und zu Liechtenstein – erscheinen am 13. März 2016

Im Kampf gegen den Terror will die EZB grössere Banknoten abschaffen, zum anderen eine Bargeld-Obergrenze einführen. Dem ganzen steht der Präsident des Think Tanks ECAEF, Prinz Michael von und zu Liechtenstein, kritisch gebenüber. Er wagt im Gespräch mit der Liewo* eine Einschätzung der Gefahrenlage. Lesen sie den gesamten Beitrag hier ->  Liewo: Prinz Michael von Liechtenstein (PDF, 273kb)

*Liewo ist eine Wochenzeitung im Fürstentum Liechtenstein. Sie wird sonntags in alle Haushalte in Liechtenstein verteilt. Aktuelle Auflage: 37500 Exemplare.