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Scott Santens

Basic Income and the Problem of Freeloading Freeriders

Basic Income as Basic Resources: Part 2

(Click here to also read my introduction to the perspective of basic income as basic resources)

A common concern of the idea of basic income is the idea of freeriders lazily freeloading off the hard labor of others, contributing nothing in return.

I'm currently reading Karl Widerquist's latest book, and I like his take on this concern . . .

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November 11, 2014

Guaranteed Intercourse & Choose Your Buddy

Uber for Satisfaction

Read the article published on Medium by Scott Santens on November 10, 2014.

Summary: This piece is a satirical response to the idea of an income guarantee with a work requirement. It is also a response in general to the very idea of a culture that condones, encourages, enforces, and perpetuates forced labor for others.

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November 10, 2014

Shouldn't All This Talk About Basic Income Actually Be Talk About Basic Resources?

An introduction to basic income as basic resources

A basic income is in a way a minimum claim to resources, with each person using this to claim the resources most important to them. The fact a basic income is given regardless of work, makes it that much more clear it exists as such a claim on resources based on the shared right to such resources.

This last point is important. No one of us . . .

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November 06, 2014

I Voted for Nader. Twice.

Why it's important to vote for more than two parties

Happy Election Day, everyone! On days like this, I repudiate our two-party system.

The year 2000 was a nightmare year for those who support third parties. To this day, people have the fear that not only is voting for a third party equivalent to throwing away their vote, but that the result of voting for the best person for the job can be . . .

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November 04, 2014

A Comment on the Massive Inequality in New Orleans

I made the following comment in response to this article published on Nola.com.

We need to recognize the systemic nature of all of this, and stop pretending that either "side" is responsible, or that inequality doesn't matter, and that education or jobs is the answer to our ills.

This is a process that has been going on for . . .

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November 03, 2014

My Interview with Green Party Candidate for Congress Ian Schlakman of Maryland

Originally Published on Basic Income News

This interview with Green Party candidate for Congress Ian Schlakman of Maryland's Second Congressional District was originally published on Basic Income News on October 31, 2014.


When and how were you first introduced to the idea of a basic income guarantee?

I first learned about a negative income tax when I was about 20. I really liked . . .

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November 02, 2014

Alaska vs. the U.S. Before and After Existence of the Yearly Alaskan Dividend

Comparing CPI, poverty, and inequality data

Every year every qualifying resident of Alaska receives an annual dividend provided by the Alaska Permanent Fund. The most recent payout was $1,884 in 2014, for every man, woman, and child in Alaska. The first payout of $1,000 occurred in 1982.

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Data Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

CPI data reveals that prior to . . .

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October 31, 2014

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