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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 Unconditional Basic Income Testimony for Maryland's House Ways and Means Committee

As submitted for the public record on March 1, 2019

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In mid-February I was contacted by the legislative aide for Delegate Gabriel Acevero of Maryland who has introduced a bill to create a social wealth fund intended to eventually pay out a cash dividend to every resident of Maryland. As a prominent advocate for UBI, I . . .

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March 21, 2019

One Observed Effect of Unconditional Basic Income: Better More Reliable Transportation

2-minute video

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Unconditional basic income means many things to many people, being that cash offers total freedom of choice on what good or service to exchange it for, but one particularly common thing it allows people to newly obtain, who feel they need the most help in obtaining it, is transportation.

In the US, 17% of household . . .

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February 26, 2019

New on Medium: "What is there to learn from Finland's basic income experiment? Did it succeed or fail?"

Understanding Finland's experiment of partial basic income and slightly fewer conditions

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I've just published a new feature-length article over on Medium where I get into the preliminary results of the basic income experiment in Finland "What is There to Learn From Finland’s Basic Income Experiment? Did It Succeed or Fail?".

Here's an excerpt from the beginning:

After two years of . . .

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February 14, 2019

What is Unconditional Basic Income in One Word?

A survey of over 500 people about UBI

I've been in a couple rooms of around 50 people or so where we were asked to describe in one word, why we believe unconditional basic income is important, and each time I was impressed with the great variety of responses, but also how certain responses were expressed again and again. Inspired by those responses, I posed the same question . . .

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Posted in: the movement

February 04, 2019

Basic Income is now a dominant discussion in India's 2019 general election

India becomes first nation to debate the details of how best to begin to implement UBI nationwide

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With the historic announcement by India's opposition party of an intention to implement basic income for the poor (not UBI), just two years after India's 2016-2017 Economic Survey called UBI "the shortest path to . . .

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January 31, 2019

"The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct, and immediate abolition of poverty." — Martin Luther King Jr.

About MLK's advocacy for basic income

It is not as widely known as it should be, but Martin Luther King Jr. wrote and spoke about the need for an unconditional basic income before he was killed. Here is a video of him speaking about UBI at Stanford in 1967.

One of the answers it seems to me, is a guaranteed annual income, a guaranteed minimum income for . . .

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January 21, 2019

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