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Scott Santens

Why should adults with kids get more basic income?

The question of child allowances

This is a question that shows a particular perspective in the very way it's framed.

What about this question instead:

"Why should kids get basic incomes too, and not just adults?"

They might look like they are basically the same, but they contain different viewpoints.

Here's the deal. I advocate a universal basic income of . . .

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February 04, 2015

The Potential Effects of a Universal Basic Income Guarantee on Student Loans

UBI as Universal Room and Board

good news everyone

Yes, it's true. I actually made this Futurama-inspired image recently to celebrate my life's most recent milestone at age thirty-seven, and it climbed to the front page of Reddit. The fact it was upvoted by almost 4,000 people I think says something. And what is that something?

There are a lot of people out there with student loans . . .

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January 30, 2015

If we no longer force people to work to meet their basic needs, won't they stop working?

Acknowledging our one option society

What underlies a question like this is that it's okay to force people to work by withholding what they need to live, in order to force them to work for us. And at the same time, because they are forced, we don't even pay them enough to meet their basic needs that we are withholding to force them to work.

What is a good word to . . .

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January 27, 2015

What We Can Learn About Systems from W. Edwards Deming

4 Key Lessons from The New Economics

Japan arose like a phoenix from the ruins of World War II to quickly become the second most powerful economy in the world. This unbelievable feat has been called an “economic miracle.”

Do you know how they did it?

The answer to this question may surprise you. It involves a single American name and a single visualization. The name is W. . . .

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January 26, 2015

For Those Who Believe a Basic Income is Morally Wrong

You obviously have very strong feelings of morality, and especially the "rightness" of your own morality, so I'm certainly not about to attempt to change your mind, or to show how basic income can be seen as somehow being moral in your eyes.

However, I would like to ask you a series of questions in response, if that's okay.

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January 22, 2015

New Medium Article: How We Can Transform America’s Broken Economic System to Work for EVERYONE

Read the article I published on Medium on January 20th, 2015.

Summary: In this piece I provide an introduction to systems theory, where we are at as a country in 2015, how much we're already spending every year ($10+ trillion), how we can spend less, how the $3 trillion cost of basic income would actually save us more than it costs, and . . .

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January 20, 2015

Wouldn't a basic income just be stealing from those who earned their money?

Basic income as compensation for property rights

This kind of question is built on the assumption that all money earned is earned fairly and justly, and all money taxed is both unfair and unjust.

Here's the thing, that idea of private property we take for granted as the foundation of just about everything? Perhaps we shouldn't just take it for granted. Now, by not taking it for . . .

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January 16, 2015

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