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Scott Santens

The Question of Slowing Productivity Amidst Rising Automation

My latest Huffington Post Article advocating basic income

This latest article for Huffington Post is actually an expansion of my recent blog post here. It's a bit longer and refined.

Here's the link to the HuffPo article.

Excerpt:

We are indeed creating new jobs, but these jobs are not 1:1 replacements. When someone who graduated from a free high school loses a 40 hours per week . . .

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July 09, 2015

Our Paradoxical Economy Courtesy of Technology and the Lack of Basic Income

The question of slowing productivity amidst rising automation

The Fall of Human Labor

The latest numbers are in, and there are now more people not working in the US as a percentage of the total population, than ever in the last 38 years. It's being called the "new normal."

The percentage of Americans in the workforce — defined as those who either have a job or are actively seeking one — . . .

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July 03, 2015

Why Should We Support the Idea of Universal Basic Income

My latest piece on Huffington Post

My latest piece on Huffington Post is available to read and share, titled "Why Should We Support the Idea of Universal Basic Income?"

It's a republished version of my first piece on Medium from last 2014 which I've now updated with a few changes and additions.

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June 30, 2015

True Freedom Comes With Basic Income

My latest feature article courtesy of Eros Media

I've got a feature article up on Eros Media today. This one is about basic income as the way of getting at the heart of human exploitation.

Here is the link.

Excerpt:

This is the face of economic vulnerability and it lies at the very heart of a great deal of systemic issues. Think for a moment about what a difference it would make in . . .

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June 26, 2015

If You Want to Pass Stuff Like TPP... We're Going to Need Basic Income

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a "free trade" treaty that at this point may be Dead on Arrival (DOA) (though the loss is not guaranteed). If passed, it would drop a lot of trade barriers between the US and eleven other countries around the Pacific region.

American unions rallied together for a show of power after years of . . .

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June 17, 2015

A Game of Musical Chairs Over Hot Coals

An analogy about employment and basic income

There's a common belief that people who don't have jobs somehow just aren't trying hard enough, and this belief is therefore based on the idea that there are enough jobs for everyone. To get a job, all one really needs to do is just try hard enough.

"Just go get a job."

The Harsh Reality of Jobland

people per job
Source: BLS

The . . .

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June 12, 2015

Do We Have Enough Space Bucks?

The question of money itself in the discussion for basic income

Possibly the most frequently asked question of all by those newly introduced to the idea of a truly universal and unconditional basic income is essentially:

That sounds way too expensive... Can we actually afford such an idea?

Now, others have responded to this question conceptually, and I've even recently replied to this question on . . .

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June 04, 2015

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