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Scott Santens

The Social Network and Basic Income

An introduction to complex systems theory for basic income advocates

There's something I do every single day, throughout the day, even on weekends, and I've done it since 2013. There's a reason I do it beyond what might be typically presumed, and the basis for that reason is my appreciation for complex systems theory. So I'm going to go over in this post what it is I do, as a way of both . . .

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March 05, 2016

YouTube as an Intrinsic Motivation Window

A look at what people will do with their basic incomes

As I've blogged about previously, being a cord cutter I watch YouTube instead of TV, and it's because of this I think I don't see people in the same way many do, where there's a mistaken belief people do nothing unless paid to do something. To the contrary, it's clear on YouTube that people love doing all kinds of things . . .

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March 02, 2016

Inequality and the Basic Income Guarantee

My latest article on Medium

I published a new article today on Medium. It's called "Inequality and the Basic Income Guarantee", and it's actually the essay I contributed to the book "What do we do about inequality?". Kindle owners, you can get the full book now on Amazon.

Excerpt:

This essay contributes to the discussion of inequality by . . .

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February 26, 2016

Robots Will Take Your Jobs

My article in the Ideas section of the Boston Globe

My first ever article to be published in the Boston Globe is now available online. It's titled "Robots Will Take Your Job". For those in and around the Boston area, this story will also be in the Sunday print edition on February 28th. So please pick up a copy if you can.

In it I explain how quickly artificial intelligence (AI) . . .

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February 25, 2016

The Disproportionate Effects of a Universal Basic Income

Can UBI function as reparations?

One very interesting but not so easy to understand element of universal basic income is how it disproportionately helps traditionally marginalized groups more than anyone else.

That sentence alone may be confusing. If everyone gets the same amount, how can one group benefit more than another group? Isn't the result really just . . .

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February 13, 2016

Basic Income Observations Log: Entry One

The Importance of Security

If you're reading this as a subscriber to my blog or as one of my followers on Twitter or Facebook, you likely already know this, but if you're new to my writing, you may not yet know that I have a crowdfunded basic income through Patreon. Beginning my campaign for $1,000 per month in late 2014, I reached that goal at the end of 2015, . . .

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January 21, 2016

Robin Hoodwinked: How Billion Dollar Powerballs Reflect 21st Century Inequality

New feature-length article on Medium

My latest longform piece on Medium is now available to read and it's titled "Robin Hoodwinked: How Billion Dollar Powerballs Reflect 21st Century Inequality".

Introduction:

Back in 2015, I drove past the same sign I drive past daily, but looked at it with fresh eyes. It was a Powerball sign and it suddenly struck me how it was . . .

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January 19, 2016

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