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Scott Santens

What would I do if everyone had a basic income?

My own answer to the BIG question

What would you do if you had an unconditional basic income?

I regularly ask people this question, because the answer is the true definition of basic income. Basic income isn't really about the money. It's about what money enables us to do in our lives that we'd otherwise be prevented from doing without enough money to meet our . . .

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November 24, 2017

New on Medium: "The Real Story of Automation Beginning with One Simple Chart"

Technological unemployment is hiding in plain sight

I've just published a new feature-length article on Medium centered around the chart below.

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To read all about it, please head on over to Medium to read it, "applaud" it so as to improve its visibility, and share it widely. Thanks!


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October 24, 2017

Unconditional Basic Income is a Pigovian Subsidy for Unpaid Work

There's something about unpaid work that I've never actually seen discussed, and that's the cost of the work that's paid...

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Take for example the amount of unpaid care work in the US that's estimated as being around $700 billion per year (and mostly done by women). That's an invisible work force comprised of 1/3 of . . .

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October 05, 2017

Stop Teaching Students WHAT to Think. Teach Them HOW to Think.

The future of education and work

For more than a century, we've been creating an industrial workforce of human automatons, built for the purpose of performing routine labor not yet doable by machines. And we've been operating with the mindset that we should teach students the same way we program actual machines. In the 20th century, schooling became a process of . . .

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September 30, 2017

The Expanse's Basic Support vs. Basic Income

How not to meet humanity's basic needs in our automated future

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The Expanse is a series of science fiction novels that is also now a TV series with two seasons available to watch so far. In this universe, in the not too distant future, humanity has moved beyond Earth to extend its reach throughout the entire solar system. Mars is an independent military power, asteroids and various moons throughout the . . .

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September 22, 2017

If you think basic income is "free money" or socialism, think again

basic income is not left or right

First, saying basic income is socialism is as absurd as saying money is socialism. It's money. It's all it is. What do people do with money? They use it in markets. In other words, basic income is fuel for markets. Markets are a wonderful invention that serve to calculate via a massively distributed computer comprised of people, what . . .

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August 31, 2017

For Want of a Dollar

The consequences of our lack of basic income

For want of a nail

For those unfamiliar, the above proverb describes the massive consequences that can result from seemingly unimportant items or lack thereof.

I now wish to fashion a new variation of this proverb...

For want of a dollar the bus ride was lost.
For want of a bus ride the job was lost.
For want of a job the paycheck was lost.
For want of a . . .

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August 23, 2017

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