Scott Santens

One Observed Effect of Unconditional Basic Income: Better More Reliable Transportation

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Unconditional basic income means many things to many people, being that cash offers total freedom of choice on what good or service to exchange it for, but one particularly common thing it allows people to newly obtain, who feel they need the most help in obtaining it, is transportation.

In the US, 17% of household . . .

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February 26, 2019

New on Medium: "What is there to learn from Finland's basic income experiment? Did it succeed or fail?"

Understanding Finland's experiment of partial basic income and slightly fewer conditions

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I've just published a new feature-length article over on Medium where I get into the preliminary results of the basic income experiment in Finland "What is There to Learn From Finland’s Basic Income Experiment? Did It Succeed or Fail?".

Here's an excerpt from the beginning:

After two years of . . .

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February 14, 2019

What is Unconditional Basic Income in One Word?

A survey of over 500 people about UBI

I've been in a couple rooms of around 50 people or so where we were asked to describe in one word, why we believe unconditional basic income is important, and each time I was impressed with the great variety of responses, but also how certain responses were expressed again and again. Inspired by those responses, I posed the same question . . .

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February 04, 2019

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

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