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article imageSwitzerland to vote on $2,756 basic monthly income for citizens

By Nancy Houser     Oct 5, 2013 in Politics
A Switzerland grassroots committee is requesting all Swiss citizens to vote on a basic $2,756 unconditional monthly income for each adult citizen. The purpose is to provide the people a financial safety net.
As a financial symbol of hope, IndiaTimes reports that over 8,000,000 five-cent coins were dumped over Switzerland's Federal Square in Bern by committee members who had initiated the "CHF 2,500 monthly for everyone" (Grundeinkommen).
Reuters reported that each five-cent franc represented a person living in Switzerland. Weighing 15 tons, the political event occurred before the delivery of 126,000 ballot signatures to the Chancellery, proposing the constitutional change to implement the initiative.
A separate proposal was passed last March, with Swiss voters backing "some of the world's strictest controls on executive pay." Called the 1:12 initiative, it forces public companies to give shareholders a binding vote on compensation. Meanwhile, a separate proposal to be voted on November 24 limits monthly executive pay to be no higher than the annual amount of the company's lowest-paid employee.
Switzerland is just one of several countries with a growing public interest in political activism, thought to be because of a developing network politics of political activists. This has caused many to wonder if Internet activism can develop into a true political movement and make any serious economic changes on a global basis.
The Economist describes it as the new politics of the Internet in their article, "Everything is Connected."
The advantage of network politics is that politics involve the commons and their issues, not the political elite, even though many call it "clicktivism,” requiring no more commitment than the twitch of a gamer’s finger.
Network politics have developed through the Internet's strong points:
-- Each person can access the Internet under identical conditions
-- The Internet is treated equally, known as "network neutrality"
-- Internet traffic is treated equally,
-- The more the Internet population uses commons and their issues, the greater the benefit will become for all.
"Groups such as Avaaz, Fight For The Future and Demand Progress, whose aim is to mobilise netizens, started offering tools to help people signal their displeasure, including by writing to members of Congress: millions ended up using them. " (Economist)
This can be seen by many successful Internet ventures into politics: the anti-SOPA protest; Germany’s Pirate Party; Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT); the ITU resource center;
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