But now comes the difficult bit:
A village in Switzerland plans to pay residents almost £2,000 a month for doing nothing as an experiment into an unconditional basic income.
Rheinau, on the Rhine river at the border with Germany, hopes to pay participants up to 2,500 Swiss francs (£1,970) a month to ensure they have a guaranteed income whether they work or not.
The village council decided to go ahead with the scheme after more than half of Rheinau’s 1,300 inhabitants signed up to take part, and efforts to secure funding will now begin.
There’s many a good idea out there it’s getting people to pay for them which is so often the sticking point.
But unlike the national proposals, the Rheinau scheme will not be funded by the taxpayer. Instead the village plans to raise the necessary money through crowdfunding.
The project is the brainchild of Rebecca Panian, a Swiss film-maker who says she was inspired by the rejected national scheme.
“The idea, and the new social system that would go with it, made sense to me,” Ms Panian says on the scheme’s website.
“And, given the social and economic changes around the world, it seemed sensible at least to test an idea for a new future before dismissing it as nonsense.”
Not entirely stupid actually, There are some rich people out there willing to fund basic income experiments. As long as they insist it is an experiment, one that they’ll monitor properly, make all info available etc, they might be able to do it. Makes a nice change really, doesn’t it? Asking not demanding?