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Scott Santens

Yes, It Really is Different This Time

And Humans Already Need Not Apply

A conversation of increasing frequency, especially post-CGP Grey's excellent "Humans Need Not Apply":

Bill: We've been hearing about this technological unemployment crap for a long time. Every time someone has said, "It's different this time, " they've been wrong.

Ted: It's different this time.

Bill: . . .

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January 15, 2015

Basic Income is Impossible

And so were all of these other ideas

"That's impossible."

No, I'm not quoting Luke Skywalker (although we certainly know he was wrong). I'm quoting a lot of people whose responses to the idea of basic income I've read since late 2013 when I subscribed to /r/BasicIncome on Reddit and started heavily studying it.

I don't only see this response to . . .

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January 07, 2015

What Can We Do to Grow the Basic Income Movement in 2015?

Make your voice heard

1...

I feel I've already somewhat answered this question in a recent blog post, so here again is that blog post:

5 Steps to Becoming a BIG Contributor

I firmly believe that in 2015 we need to focus on organizing local meetings. We have got to take this first step. This will be the first thing I do in 2015 and I hope others will do the . . .

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January 02, 2015

Artist Brian Eno just learned about basic income and loves the idea

Here's a transcript of the recorded interview

Here's the podcast where he is interviewed by Georgina Godwin for a special edition of The Briefing. He starts talking about basic income at around 18m30s into it.

Transcript by me:

I'm always concerned about, more than anything else, the waste of human potential. That's the thing that upsets me. The waste of intelligence. So . . .

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December 30, 2014

The Science Behind A Christmas Carol

How Charles Dickens knew what we're only learning now

First published in 1843, A Christmas Carol is a timeless story that we have cherished ever since, especially during the holidays. The tale by Charles Dickens has been adapted and re-adapted, modified and satired, with such frequency that we may not even recognize it in all its forms.

So why is it so timeless? Why has it had such a lasting . . .

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December 23, 2014

Will Replacing Current Benefits With Cash Tomorrow Leave Today's Recipients Better or Worse Off?

The effects of basic income on a single parent of two

Here's an article I wrote that looks at our current welfare system.

In that article is the following image from this presentation:

Welfare cliffs

This image depicts a single parent with two children living in Pennsylvania. Basic income should replace her cash, food, housing, and energy benefits, and not her childcare, Medicaid, and CHIP benefits. Those . . .

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December 18, 2014

Negative Income Tax (NIT) and Unconditional Basic Income (UBI)

What makes them the same and what makes them different?

A negative income tax (NIT) and an unconditional basic income (UBI) are two ways of achieving a basic income guarantee (BIG). One gives a varying amount of money according to income, and the other gives the same amount to all and taxes different amounts back. However, among basic income supporters, some of us prefer UBI and some of us prefer . . .

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December 17, 2014

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