Scott Santens

How to Reform Welfare and Taxes to Provide Every American Citizen a Basic Income

My proposed funding plan for UBI in the US

The Economic Security Project has just published an article from me on Medium titled "How to Reform Welfare and Taxes to Provide Every American Citizen a Basic Income". It's a more detailed funding plan for a potentially cross-partisan implementation of universal basic income in the United States. For those looking for numbers, . . .

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June 05, 2017

Cutting the Gordian Knot of Technological Unemployment with Unconditional Basic Income

Article on Medium

I published an article last week on Medium titled "Cutting the Gordian Knot of Technological Unemployment with Unconditional Basic Income". It's actually the chapter I contributed to the book Surviving the Machine Age: Intelligent Technology and the Transformation of Human Work in article form, but considering the cost of the . . .

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May 30, 2017

Basic Income is JUST Compensation

Recognizing what we owe each other

Let's say the cost to produce a widget is $1. What's the cost to produce 1 million widgets?

This may sound like an extremely simple word problem that even some preschoolers could solve. However, if you think the answer is $1 million, you would be entirely wrong.

The cost to produce 1 million widgets is far below $1 million thanks to . . .

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April 11, 2017

Basic Income and Soylent

Vouchers prevent choices. UBI creates choices.

Many of you reading this already know this, but for those who don't, I have a crowdfunded basic income. This means that I start every month with $1,000 as my absolute minimum for the month no matter what. I'm free to then earn any amount on top of that $1,000, but I never earn less than that in any given month. That's a basic . . .

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March 08, 2017

Love, Loss, and a Greater Society

In memory of Stormy Waters

I republished an article today on Huffington Post originally published on Medium titled "Love, Loss, and a Greater Society".


It is for all of the above that I assert a demand for both universal basic income and universal healthcare as the two primary pillars of a Greater Society. We all need, without any conditions, . . .

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March 02, 2017

Top 10 Basic Income Articles of 2016

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As a moderator of the /r/BasicIncome subreddit, I read a lot of links about the idea of basic income on a daily basis. If I were to guess a number for the quantity of them I read in 2016 that somehow involved or alluded to the idea of basic income, it would be over a thousand. With that said, here are the ten I loved the most, that if you . . .

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December 30, 2016

A Basic Income Sermon for Christians

The moral argument for UBI by Reverend Dr. Roger Lee Ray of Community Christian Church

For some who are new to the idea of universal basic income, it may reflexively strike them as being somehow immoral. Be it seen as a form of theft, or in violation of the Protestant work ethic, or just plain feeling wrong, basic income can pose a challenge to those of faith. The following sermon makes the very strong Christian case that . . .

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December 04, 2016