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‘Civic assistants’ would be victims of Italy’s forced labor regime

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Commentary. The semantic fraud that is Italy’s ‘citizenship income’ has birthed a new idea to push people into ‘civic assistant’ roles, patrolling the streets and beaches as a kind of morality police enforcing social distancing.

written by Roberto Ciccarelli

Topic Italy

May 28, 2020

The idea of using the recipients of the citizenship income for “socially useful work” doesn’t come from Minister of Regional Affairs Francesco Boccia. In launching this project of “civic assistants,” the latter was inspired by the law passed by the Lega-M5S “Conte 1” government, which set up the semantic fraud of the so-called “citizenship income.”

This is not an unconditional basic income—while the current “citizenship income” should certainly be transformed in this direction—but rather a subsidy linked to the obligation to work from at least 8 up to 16 hours per week for the local authorities for an 18-month period, which can be renewed.

In addition to the “public utility projects” (PUC) launched in January 2020, we could now see these people being given the task of controlling how people are respecting “social distancing”—a morality police keeping watch over those who are observing the rule of viral citizenship: “If you love Italy, keep your distance,” according........

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