Vivant is a small Belgian social liberal party founded by millionaire
Roland Duchâtelet. In the regional elections in June 2004, the party formed a strategic alliance with the Flemish Liberals and Democratsor VLD. Both parties are founded on the principle of individualismand can be called liberal. In 2007, the party announced it would likely merge with the VLD.
Vivant is economically liberal, advocating a
basic incomefor all citizens. Vivant considers the basic income as an inalienable part of the legal minimum wage(approximately half of it for full time employment). In order to tax goods more evenly, where ever they are manufactured in order to respond to automatisation, globalizationand an ageing population, Vivant proposes to shift taxes from labour to final consumption (All taxes in the chain of production are an inclusive part of the price paid by the consumers and could be considered as a consumption tax, each tax in each stage with his specific side effects.) Vivant also proposes a flat taxon income in two steps, 0% on to 1350 Euro and 50% from there. The VLDdoesn't support all of these measures. Vivant also has Direct Democracyas one of its key points.
In the regional elections of
2004, partner VLDlost heavily, dragging Vivant with it to third place among Flemish political parties. Although new interest for Vivant during the elections, the party remained a marginal force in Belgian politics. Vivant is particularly strong in the German-speaking community of Belgium, where it won 7.3% and two representatives in the Parliament of the German community.
While "vivant" means alive, lively in French, the abbreviation "VIVANT" stands for Voor Individuele Vrijheid en Arbeid in een Nieuwe Toekomst, ("for individual freedom and work in a new future") in Dutch.
Vivant first took part in the federal elections for the
Belgian Senateand Chamber of Representatives in 1999, but obtained no seats. The 2003elections were no different. In 2004there were elections of the European Parliamentand the Belgian regional parliaments, where Vivant took part in a list-cartel with the VLD, but no candidates of Vivant were elected. In 2006, Nele Lijnenbecame a co-opted member of the Senate.
Contributions to liberal theory
List of liberal parties
Liberalism in Belgium
* [http://www.vivant.org/ Vivant] official site
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