Italian public opinion has become familiar with guaranteed minimum. Concerning this measure, the discussion has gained momentum once again during the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic with the proposal on the so-called quarantine income. The debate concerns the very idea of society, and therefore the welfare policies related to the promotion and the emancipation of the individual. The economic crisis, the present conditions of jobless development, the replacement capacity of new technologies, the weakness of social security systems revitalise this policy, especially when the latter is in fact understood as a lever implementing opportunities, safeguards and consumption. Connecting this suggestion with the educational dimension of knowledge, of lifelong learning, is the objective that the governance of basic income policies should determinedly pursue. An income, and therefore a public system, oriented towards the empowerment of citizens.