Rethinking Social Justice in Europe
In the days before we were already worried about the weather. There were strong thunderstorms and more thunderstorms predicted. But nothing too bad happened, we could finish the construction of the dome mostly in the dry and then had our rain protection premiere, which we pulled over our dome, “So that Europe doesn’t get wet”, as Jörg Eichenauer stated during the welcome greeting.
The guests were numerous: Nikolai Fuchs from GLS Treuhand, Brigitte Krenkers from Omnibus für Direkte Demokratie, Sören Bärsch and Simon Gutleben from Junge Europäische Föderalisten, Birgit Weinbrenner from Institut für Kirche und Gesellschaft, Tom Tritschel, pastor of the Christian Community in Bochum, Alfred Groff from Luxembourg, who has already participated in the construction and will accompany the dome on some occasions in the future. There were also some people who had heard about the Dome Talk or just came by.
The topic was – in coordination with a conference that took place that weekend in Witten – “Rethinking Social Justice in Europe”: How does the question of social justice relate to the fact that people keep turning away from Europe? – Can the importance of regions in Europe be upgraded in a way that regional sovereignty can lead to better economic standards altogether? How can the state, still fulfill the common good tasks at all if the tax revenues in the global competition for better economic standards become smaller? These were some of the questions raised under the dome.
As far as the question of a fair income is concerned, the idea of an unconditional basic income was also raised in Witten. Why do we always think of securing ‘work’ , Tom Tritschel asked, and why should it not be quite right to have ‘jobs’ taken over by robots wherever possible?
Within the lively discussion, Nikolai Fuchs came to the conclusion that the very elementary questions were actually being dealt with here and that Europe was not the issue in the narrower sense.
Is Europe only about being able to assert oneself between East and West, between the economic powers of America and Asia, or can it also be about putting something on the agenda in Europe that also sets steps in the direction of global solidarity?
So far the discussions under our dome have been so rich and lively that I hope we will soon have the opportunity to offer the complete talks as a recording in addition to the short cuts. Perhaps we will start with the Witten discussion. Whether all of this succeeds also depends on how much support our project receives.