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Scott Santens

Olympians and the Great Myth of Meritocracy

Our playing fields aren't level but they can be more level with basic income

The Olympics provides a great opportunity to take a closer look at the popular myth of meritocracy, where winners come out on top thanks to hard work and losers simply just weren’t good enough. That the discussion during this most recent Olympics has been centered so much around performance-enhancing drugs really drives this point home in a . . .

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August 11, 2016

Forget the future of work. What about the future of consumption?

Discussing the future of work is all the rage these days. Some say we're on the verge of the robot apocalypse of jobs. Others say jobs will always be created in sufficient numbers (and at sufficient rates) and that everything will be fine. Regular readers know where I fall on this particular question, that either way, our goal should be . . .

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July 22, 2016

Giving Goods vs. Giving Money

A story of eggs, cash, and basic income

I love watching documentaries and one of my recent favorites on Netflix, aside from Noam Chomsky's "Requiem for the American Dream", is "Poverty, Inc." I highly recommend just watching the entire film yourself, but there is one story from it that is one of my new favorites to share onward, and that's the story by . . .

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July 01, 2016

Humanity Needs Universal Basic Income in Order to Stop Impeding Human Progress

My latest article on HuffPost Politics

I published a new article yesterday on HuffPost Politics that they actually put on the front page of The Huffington Post. It's called "Humanity Needs Universal Basic Income in Order to Stop Impeding Progress".

Excerpt:

Putting humans out of work should be a public relations win, not a loss, and so mankind . . .

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April 06, 2016

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 . . .

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February 26, 2016

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