Scott Santens

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 . . .

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November 04, 2014

A Comment on the Massive Inequality in New Orleans

I made the following comment in response to this article published on Nola.com.

We need to recognize the systemic nature of all of this, and stop pretending that either "side" is responsible, or that inequality doesn't matter, and that education or jobs is the answer to our ills.

This is a process that has been . . .

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November 03, 2014

My Interview with Green Party Candidate for Congress Ian Schlakman of Maryland

Originally Published on Basic Income News

This interview with Green Party candidate for Congress Ian Schlakman of Maryland's Second Congressional District was originally published on Basic Income News on October 31, 2014.


When and how were you first introduced to the idea of a basic income guarantee?

I first learned about a negative income tax when I . . .

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November 02, 2014

Alaska vs. the U.S. Before and After Existence of the Yearly Alaskan Dividend

Comparing CPI, poverty, and inequality data

Every year every qualifying resident of Alaska receives an annual dividend provided by the Alaska Permanent Fund. The most recent payout was $1,884 in 2014, for every man, woman, and child in Alaska. The first payout of $1,000 occurred in 1982.

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Data Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

CPI data . . .

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October 31, 2014

It’s Time We Take a Closer Look at America’s Three Favorite Words:

Freedom, Liberty, and Democracy

Read the article published on Medium by Scott Santens on October 28, 2014.

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October 31, 2014

Breaking Down Without a Spare

America’s lopsided welfare system of counterproductive public assistance

Read the article published on Medium by Scott Santens on October 13, 2014.

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October 31, 2014

Machine Labor Day

Tomorrow’s holiday made possible by eliminating our fears of technological unemployment

Read the article published on Medium by Scott Santens on September 1, 2014.

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October 31, 2014

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