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Scott Santens

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

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

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