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Scott Santens

The Federal Reserve Just Published a Paper Comparing UBI and UI

And the model it used is hugely flawed

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis just released a November 2014 report comparing universal basic income and unemployment insurance, to determine which is better under varying conditions.

Before I go into their findings and how they arrived at their conclusion, here's their conclusion:

Conclusion

In this paper, we provide a . . .

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November 19, 2014

"Fit for Work and Fit to Die": A Memorial for the Means-Tested

True Stories from "There Had to Be a Better Way Than This"

It may sound like common sense to some, or even many, to expect someone to do work in exchange for benefits. But this force, as is true with any applied force, has its consequences - both intended and unintended.

A fellow human being who has witnessed these results first hand recently published a paper titled There Had to Be a Better Way Than . . .

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November 17, 2014

We Know How to Abolish Poverty. Why Don't We?

A response to Vox's latest Vox Explains video

It's videos like this we need to share more with each other...

Everyone should be earning more. Everyone isn't earning more because of globalization and technology mostly. We used to have things called middle class jobs. Those don't exist anymore like we think they do. We lost a ton of them because we no longer need people here . . .

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November 14, 2014

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

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