Should there or should there not be an unconditional minimum wage? A surprising and thought-provoking film about a pipe dream that’s back on the social agenda.
Would you work if you were paid just for being alive? The idea of an unconditional minimum wage – an alternative to the principle of rights/obligations and a bureaucratic economic system – is once again an issue of public debate. The jury is out on the idea that everyone over the age of 21 should receive a set monthly allowance regardless of whether or not they are working, but not along the line of traditional political dichotomies. Neo-conservative economists, ultraliberals and socialists are all in favour, while all other political groups are against. Politics and economics are part of the psychology and philosophical questions about human nature. Would a universal basic income make people lazy? Would it take a great weight off our shoulders? And what about the robots that will soon make most jobs unnecessary?
The director, Christian Tod (1977), is an acclaimed economist currently writing a thesis about basic income. His first film was ‘Fatsy - The Last Cowboy of Austria’ (2007) for which he received an honourable mention at the Crossing Europe Film Festival in Linz. In 2010 he presented ‘Es Muss Was Geben’, the opening film at the Crossing Europe Film Festival and released in cinemas in 2011. ‘Free Lunch Society’ about the highly complex issue of universal basic income, is his latest and most ambitious film.
Together with DocsBarcelona, ESADE Alumni release this documentary within the framework of the European Moving Docs project and the Congress of unconditional minimum wage to be held in Lisbon from September 25th to 27th.
On this occasion we will be joined by Robert Tornabell, professor emeritus, department of economics, finance and accounting, and former dean at ESADE.
Don’t miss the first film forum of the 2017-18 academic year!
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