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Scott Santens

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

A Basic Income Day Toolkit

Some ideas and strategies to further its reach and message

Happy Basic Income Day, everyone! (<-- you're definitely going to want to read this)

To all basic income supporters, there are some actions taking place today that are important to be aware of for those who would like to take part, and there are also some ways to leverage those actions, amplify them further, and to better organize the . . .

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May 01, 2015

Motherboard interview about Basic Income Day

Brian Merchant of Motherboard contacted me in regards to doing a piece about Basic Income Day and the successful campaign I've organized with the help of /r/BasicIncome and our international friends behind BasicIncomeDay.org.

Here's a link to the piece: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/happy-basic-income-day

One excerpt:

“[B]asic . . .

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April 30, 2015

What America Spends Per Citizen Per Year

$40,000

(This is an excerpt from my piece titled "How We Can Transform America’s Broken Economic System to Work for EVERYONE". You can read it in full on Medium.
Per citizen calculations are based on 92.8% of the US population being legal citizens.)

The following is a short list of our shared expenditures as a society. On the left is the . . .

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April 27, 2015

"Won't basic income give too much power to whomever distributes it?"

The fear a basic income guarantee could increase citizen subservience to government

One of the more common responses to first hearing about the idea of a basic income guarantee, is the fear that it would give too much power to government. The thinking goes that if government is giving money to everyone, then they could threaten to discontinue doing so at any time, preventing any dissent and potentially creating an . . .

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April 17, 2015

Medium Article: John Oliver, Edward Snowden, and Unconditional Basic Income

Read the article I published on Medium on April 7th, 2015.

Summary: Both discussions of government surveillance and basic income require knowledge of present technology to better understand, and both therefore require simplifications to a single question we can all understand.

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April 13, 2015

"Yeah, but who's going to pay for it?"

Alan Watts answers the BIG question

"Money, Guilt, and the Machine" by Alan Watts

(The following text is what I personally transcribed from the above video originally uploaded to YouTube by AlanWattsLectures of a lecture given by philosopher Alan Watts circa late '60s)


So this goes very deep into us. It goes deep, deep, deep into a problem we have about guilt. I . . .

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April 10, 2015

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