Scott Santens

"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 . . .

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November 21, 2014

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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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November 06, 2014

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