Solidarity Today – Work, Minimum Subsistence Level, Basic Income

Discussion on the institutional possibilities and limits of solidarity

Time: November 25, 2016, 5 pm to 7 pm
Venue: Gólya, Bókay János utca 34., Budapest, 1083 launched a discussion series in September 2016 about potential tools for widening the social base of solidarity and collective acts.

Does work necessarily have to be agonizing as a repercussion of the expulsion from Paradise? Should we feel guilty if we do not want to work so hard or when we cannot or do not want to work at all? Or this also connects to the moral context of the historical-ideological tradition of work and the social and political pressure arising from it? Can, and should, this context be reformulated, and if so, to what extent does this concern the foundations of our current society, such as the question of citizenship? What is work and division of labor, and what do these have to do with solidarity? How can the question of basic income be examined from the perspective of reproductive and invisible labor? Can basic income really be a means to end poverty? The essence of wage labor society is to maintain the dependency of the individuals who commodify their work from their employers. Yet, the rising level of unemployment as a result of the labor market’s transformation urges us to look more into these questions along the lines of the concept of work and solidarity. Besides acknowledging and thematizing the rightful fears arising from existential precarity, we need to analyze in details the system we live in as well as the conceptual frameworks in which we think about it.

We will talk about these issues and related artistic approaches with the invited guests.

Participants of the discussio:

Mónika Bálint, sociologist, works at the Hungarian Anti-Poverty Network, organizer of the group Workfare Movement for the Future

András Istvánffy, communication specialist, former president of the alternative left-wing party the Fourth Republic.

Zoltán Pogátsa, economist, sociologist, associate professor

Theme and moderation: Ágnes Básthy sociologist, artist

Introduction: Dóra Hegyi, art historian, curator

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