Scott Santens

Women Have Lower Incomes Than Men

Another reason why basic income is important

Claim 1: Income is access to resources. When it comes to humans, one gender is given less access to resources than the other.

Claim 2: Women are paid less than men for the same work.

Though it may appear these two claims are the same, they are not. The first claim is entirely true, but the second more widely shared claim should be worded more . . .

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December 09, 2014

5 Steps to Becoming a BIG Contributor

(BIG = Basic Income Guarantee)

So you want to help make a basic income guarantee happen?

Our primary need is for more materials that are more accessible, more shareable, more impactful, etc. This need is huge and is exactly why there is also such a great opportunity to be a major part of this instead of just another voice pushing for something like a higher minimum wage.

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December 04, 2014

Does Guaranteeing a Basic Income Reduce Income Inequality?

Lessons from the Gini Index

Universal Basic Income (UBI) directly reduces income inequality.

I've actually written an as yet unpublished chapter for a book about this very topic, and am working on an article about this as well.

Here are two preliminary findings from what I'm still working on:

(For a quick primer on the Gini index, how it's calculated, and . . .

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December 01, 2014

The Big Easy was noted for its low quality of life... Stop right there.

A response to Economic Innovation in New New Orleans

This is in response to the article "Economic Innovation in the 'New' New Orleans":

"Only a decade ago, the Big Easy was noted for its poor business climate, low quality of life..."

Woah, woah, woah... stop right there.

I think you're confusing quality of life with average income. The Big Easy acquired such a . . .

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November 26, 2014

Wouldn’t Unconditional Basic Income Just Cause Massive Inflation?

An answer to the response to the answer to the growing question of the 21st century

Read the article I published on Medium on November 24, 2014.

Summary: By far, the most common concern in regards to my first article on Medium about the idea of an unconditional basic income was that all prices would inevitably go up as a result, immediately reducing the value of each dollar and essentially creating a new zero. This is an . . .

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November 24, 2014

Google Hangout with Me and Marlen Vargas Del Razo of Living Income Guaranteed

Video: Basic Income as Basic Resources

I was asked by Marlen Vargas Del Razo of Living Income Guaranteed to join her for a Live Google Hangout today about the topic of basic income as basic resources.

You can watch the video here:

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November 23, 2014

"What do we do about bad examples like this one?"

The question of Shanesha Taylor and how she spent her $114,000

In response to the following news article: “The money is gone!” Teary mugshot drew $114K in donations, but prosecutors have taken back their deal

This is actually a good example of why basic income should be basic and unconditional, and not that basic income is a bad idea.

First of all, Shanesha received a one time lump sump of $114,000. No . . .

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November 21, 2014