Scott Santens

A Guide to Basic Income: Frequently Asked Questions about UBI

Unconditional Basic Income 101

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Over the years I've been asked many questions about the idea of a basic income guarantee. Some are asked far more than others, and so I've made a point of writing various articles and blog posts to answer many of these questions. Whatever question you may have about basic income, please look below and see if there's a . . .

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My Raconteur Interview About UBI

Published on May 10, 2020

I was interviewed last month for an article published on May 10 for Raconteur, titled "Virus fallout could usher in the UBI era." The author, Oliver Pickup, asked me a series of questions, and from my answers, a few quotes were selected for the article. Below are all my answers in their entirety.

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Briefly, is . . .

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May 11, 2020

May the Force Be With UBI

The Poverty Death Star Argument for Unconditional Basic Income

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(Illustration by @Sinnerman)

There is no film I've watched more than Star Wars: A New Hope except for maybe The Empire Strikes Back. If I were to venture a guess as to how many times I've seen each of them, and also Return of the Jedi, all I can say is it's in the triple digits for each one. I've read dozens of . . .

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May 04, 2020

New on Vocal: The Future of the United States Depends on the Immediate Adoption of UBI

Also available to watch or listen to

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In early April I published a new full-length essay on Vocal that deep-dived into why UBI is so important now more than ever as tens of millions of people become unemployed, and as automation starts doing far more of the work that millions of those people will no longer do.

Special thanks to Sinnerman for the cover . . .

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April 29, 2020

You Have Been Drafted Into the Great Coronavirus War

The Argument for Emergency UBI as Conscription Pay for All

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GREETING:

You are hereby ordered to report for induction into the ARMED FORCES of the UNITED STATES.

War has arrived, and over 100,000 of us could die.

This war, unlike all previous wars, is a war against a virus: SARS-CoV-2. The coronavirus is our enemy this time, and the theater of this battlefront . . .

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March 30, 2020

Unconditional Pandemic Security

Why we need UBI immediately to combat the fear of the unknown

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What I'm about to tell you I only understand because I have a basic income already and it's hugely important for everyone to understand right now in this moment of health and economic crisis.

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That may seem like bad math, but let me try and explain...

Many of us were already feeling financial . . .

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March 21, 2020

Introducing Andrew Yang

A short speech I wrote for Dubuque, Iowa

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I wrote this short speech on January 30 to introduce Andrew Yang at his town hall in Dubuque, Iowa.
Photo by Marc Klockow of my delivering it.


If you're Yang Gang, there's a good chance you know who I am, and if you're Yang Curious, you're probably wondering, who the heck is this guy? Well, . . .

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January 31, 2020

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