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Scott Santens

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

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

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