"Model of a New Welfare State" is subtitled in the German book. Ackermann/Alstott also see their proposal as a completely new model of society, in which not only a very high "stake" is issued, but also extensive repayment regulations and new taxes are planned, including new pension concepts for old age.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany, hopefully no one will again try to impose a complete "New Concept" on this society. There can only be steps, steps that are as clear and easy to communicate. Everyone can have a complete vision (without being sent to the doctor), but in reality there are and can only be steps in the desired direction. Some small steps that can be understood and accepted by as many people as possible.
Our proposal for a small inheritance for everyone, which logically must (and can easily, because of its moderation) be diverted from large inheritances, is such a quantitatively small step to be brought to a clear point. No further changes, such as property taxes, repayment scenarios, pension plans, etc. are required. Everything else can remain untouched. Qualitatively it will be a big step, with probably very beneficial effects. A society that grants each member a share of ownership, even small, of the total assets by general right of birth will no longer be the same as the present one. But every further step will have to be left to the next generation, who can then build on their experience with the first small step. That's definitely none of our business anymore. Such modesty is a must.
As a vision, 60.000 € can be considered. That would be about a quarter or fifth of the current arithmetical, average inheritance as a general "right to a compulsory portion". But it is too much for practical political implementation now. If there should be more later, than the 15 or 20,000 € suggested by us, then the amounts can be adjusted problem-free and steplessly. But to achieve this, society must develop there, also with its consciousness. The realization that the value of the individual is not determined by his lineage and that no testator can live on in another person will have to grow. This society will take the time and the opportunity to experience a basic heritage and we will be granted the time if we want to be successful.
It must also be clear that our proposal for a general basic heritage is not about a "model of a new welfare state", because this is not at all about welfare, but about a right. It is about giving the individual the right to participate appropriately in the world regardless of his or her social background. The rest it usually does on its own, it doesn't need charity.