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Scott Santens

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

The Basic Affordability of Basic Income

A response to The Economist's "Basically unaffordable" article about UBI

I've published a response to The Economist via Huffington Post.

Here is the link to my article.

Excerpt:

It's disappointing all of this economic complexity in regards to the affordability of basic income is nowhere to be found within The Economist. For this is a discussion we need to be having, and not one to be so easily dismissed . . .

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May 28, 2015

Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck

My latest article on Medium

Read the article I published on Medium on May 15th, 2015.

Excerpt:

Just as our roads a decade from now will be full of machine drivers instead of human drivers, a 21st century economy shall be driven by human consumers, not human workers, and these consumers must be freely given their purchasing power. If we refuse, if we don’t provide . . .

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May 15, 2015

Basic Income as Paid Parental Leave

How new mothers actually use basic income when given it

Once again John Oliver has shone a light on something important we tend to not discuss, and that is the way we in the United States collectively treat those who just gave birth.

We force them right back to work.

That part at the end... where they show the mothers involuntarily forced to return to their jobs... imagine that one of those jobs . . .

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May 11, 2015

Basic Income Day is a Great Idea, and Especially on May Day!

The pro-union argument for universal basic income

In a recent opinion piece published on May 2nd, Jurgen De Wispelaere made a case for the need to change Basic Income Day to a date other than May 1st. As the organizer of the Reddit Basic Income community’s involvement in promoting Basic Income Day for the past two years, I’ve been invited to respond to his criticism. This is my response and . . .

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May 05, 2015

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