The documentary “UBI, our right to live” is now available on YouTube

The documentary “UBI, our right to live” is now available on YouTube

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The film, directed by Alvaro Orùs, is now available on Pressenza’s youtube channel.

The 41 minutes long documentary focuses on Universal Basic Income (UBI), retracing its history, explaining its rationale, and investigating why and how the idea has reached a much larger audience and unprecedented support in the last years.

It does so with though many poignant interviews with prominent exponents of the UBI community, as Van Parijs, Guy Standing, Daniel Raventòs, Scott Santens and many others. “UBI, our right to live” makes a compelling argument for the necessity of the measure, is a manifesto for UBI in the present day, and is an excellent introduction to the subject.

The documentary addresses two of the main drivers that are bringing UBI at the center of the public debate: economic inequality and technological development. The two themes are correlated, as economic inequality has reached unsustainable levels, and automation may make it even worse, if not handled in the proper way. The risk is the increase of unemployment and growing inequalities between high and low skilled workers.

UBI could eradicate poverty altogether, and if it were to be financed through progressive taxation, reduce inequalities. Moreover, it would provide an economic safety net for workers, and thus endorse them with more bargaining power when it comes to choose a job. People could decide how to focus productively their energies in order to contribute to society and give meaning to their live, rather than being forced in unfulfilling jobs just to survive. Nobody would be left alone, as it is bound to happen under the patchwork that present-day welfare is.

The fruits of technological advancement, if distributed via a UBI, rather than accumulated in the hands of the few, may help to shape a more just future, as this is what UBI is about (something that the documentary highlights): UBI is about justice and fairness, not charity.

It’s the instrument meant to redistribute what belongs to each and every person, the natural extensions of human rights in ensuring to everybody a standard of living adequate for a human being.


More information at:

“The documentary, ‘UBI, our right to live’, now available online”, Pressenza, 15 August, 2019.

Daniel Raventos and Julie Wark, “Basic Income, Basic Issues”

Daniel Raventos and Julie Wark, “Basic Income, Basic Issues”

Raventos and Wark discuss a universal basic income in the context of widening economic inequality across Europe, highlighting its place in Article 1.3 of the Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights as a right to material existence. They go on to present a basic income as an important idea within the human rights arena.

Daniel Raventos and Julie Wark, “Basic Income, Basic Issues”, Counterpunch, 8 January 2016.

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: Basic income as human right campaign

bihumrightHuman Rights Day is celebrated across the world every year on December 10. The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.

Human dignity is inviolable and basic income is a human right. Make your point by changing your profile picture on social media. Choose your picture here or add new ones. And invite your friends to join!

The action started on December 5 and will end December 12. Basic income supporters around the world are participating in numbers.

The hand-bird symbol in the pictures is the official Human Rights Logo. The background is taken from the German-Swiss movie “Basic Income: a Cultural Impulse”, by Enno Schmidt and Daniel Häni – you can watch the movie with English subtitles.

For the Facebook event, click here. The main page of the initiative is