Scott Santens

New on Medium: The Zombification of Intellectual Property and the Tool That Could Finally Reform It

How IP-Funded Basic Income Could Enrich the Public Domain

I've just published a new feature-length article over on Medium "The Zombification of Intellectual Property and the Tool That Could Finally Reform It".

Here's an excerpt:

In the 2009 paper Forever Minus a Day? Calculating Optimal Copyright Term, its author Rufus Pollock of the University of Cambridge . . .

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November 12, 2018

New on Medium: Doug Ford Cancelled Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Experiment Because It Was Working

I've just published a new feature-length article over on Medium "Doug Ford Cancelled Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Experiment Because It Was Working".

Here's an excerpt:

It cannot be ignored that the cancellation of a three-year experiment involving real live human beings is an ethical violation of the . . .

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September 18, 2018

The BIG Patreon Creator Pledge

List of those who have taken the pledge for basic income

Taking a page from the Creative Commons concept of Share Alike, and based on 2018 US federal poverty guidelines, any and every patron dollar on Patreon pledged above $1,012 per month I will consider to be greater than a basic income and will pledge away to other Creators on Patreon also creating content in support of their own basic incomes . . .

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New on Medium: What We Need to Truly Thrive: Democracy and Unconditional Basic Income

I've just published over on Medium "What We Need to Truly Thrive: Democracy and Unconditional Basic Income". It's actually the text of the speech I wrote for my keynote at DemCon 2018 in Ireland.

I've also posted the slide presentation I created for this speech as well to SlideShare.

Here's an . . .

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August 06, 2018

One Thing to Build a More Open World: Unconditional Basic Income (UBI)

A one-minute case for the power to say NO

The video below was created for The Economist's Open Future contest where everyone has one minute to change the world. This is my minute.

The one thing I would change is no power to say NO...

No. I will not work for a poverty wage. No. I will not be abused. No. I will not be dominated, or controlled, or coerced . . .

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July 30, 2018

Unconditional Basic Income Would Fix a Major Flaw in Markets

Markets can't tell the difference between a lack of demand and a lack of ability to express demand

Do you like markets? Well, whether you like them or not, they're pretty effective in most cases. The ability for two people to make an exchange where both feel they leave the exchange better off than prior to the exchange is a powerful thing. It's a form of democracy. By exchanging money for goods and services, people in markets are . . .

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July 13, 2018

The Monsters, Inc. Argument for Unconditional Basic Income

How to convert an economy based on fear to one based on joy

Every year since 2002, there is a North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress held in either the US or Canada. On the eve of this year’s NABIG in Hamilton, Ontario, I’d like to share with you my favorite presentation from 2017. It was a talk given by Ken Burak and it centered around the Pixar film “Monsters, Inc” as an argument for basic . . .

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May 18, 2018

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