Scott Santens

Basic Income is now a dominant discussion in India's 2019 general election

India becomes first nation to debate the details of how best to begin to implement UBI nationwide

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With the historic announcement by India's opposition party of an intention to implement basic income for the poor (not UBI), just two years after India's 2016-2017 Economic Survey called UBI "the shortest path to . . .

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January 31, 2019

"The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct, and immediate abolition of poverty." — Martin Luther King Jr.

About MLK's advocacy for basic income

It is not as widely known as it should be, but Martin Luther King Jr. wrote and spoke about the need for an unconditional basic income before he was killed. Here is a video of him speaking about UBI at Stanford in 1967.

One of the answers it seems to me, is a guaranteed annual income, a guaranteed minimum income for . . .

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January 21, 2019

Top 10 Basic Income Articles of 2018

A look back at my favorite UBI reads of the year

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As a moderator of the /r/BasicIncome subreddit, I read a lot of links every year about UBI, probably around 100 per month. Once again, as I did last year, I've compiled a list of the ten articles/papers/reports I consider the most important to read out of everything published this year. Please bookmark, read,and share away!

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January 15, 2019

Standing on Shoulders

In Memory of Gerald Huff (1964-2018)

On November 17, 2018, a true human being named Gerald Huff died of pancreatic cancer. He was a fellow basic income advocate and a friend.

Like me, he was passionate about UBI, so much so that he had been working for five years on his first novel, a work of science fiction about the future we are headed towards, where UBI plays a . . .

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December 21, 2018

What People Get Most Wrong About Unconditional Basic Income

My article in Prospect Magazine

Prospect Magazine approached me to write an article for them about what people get most wrong about unconditional basic income. It was published on December 3, 2018. As it exists behind a soft paywall, the full article can be found below. You can also choose to listen to it in audio form.

The idea of an unconditional basic income as . . .

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December 05, 2018

New on Medium: The Zombification of Intellectual Property and the Tool That Could Finally Reform It

How IP-Funded Basic Income Could Enrich the Public Domain

I've just published a new feature-length article over on Medium "The Zombification of Intellectual Property and the Tool That Could Finally Reform It".

Here's an excerpt:

In the 2009 paper Forever Minus a Day? Calculating Optimal Copyright Term, its author Rufus Pollock of the University of Cambridge . . .

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November 12, 2018

New on Medium: Doug Ford Cancelled Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Experiment Because It Was Working

I've just published a new feature-length article over on Medium "Doug Ford Cancelled Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Experiment Because It Was Working".

Here's an excerpt:

It cannot be ignored that the cancellation of a three-year experiment involving real live human beings is an ethical violation of the . . .

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September 18, 2018

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