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Scott Santens

Reddit, Robots, and Resources

Why I got into the idea of basic income and how we can go about implementing it

(The following is an edited transcript from my appearance on the Robot Overlordz podcast adapted for article form. You can read the original unedited transcript and also listen to the show in full here. A big thank you to Mike Johnston and Matt Bolton for the raw transcript and for having me on their show!)

The Origins of My Interest

I've . . .

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April 06, 2015

TANF is TERRIBLE

How temporary assistance for needy families is actually permanent assistance for state governments

There is a belief in this country that we help the poor, and the poor take advantage of this help to become welfare kings and queens. Both the left and the right perpetuate this myth in their own way. The left believes the government is helping people and the right believes the poor are getting too much. Both sides need to understand how the . . .

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April 01, 2015

Dear Patreon:

A letter from a quarter-liberated creator

First off, I just want to thank you for creating your platform. It's really something for which to be proud in the difference you are making in people's lives, mine included. So I'm writing you to let you know a bit about me, how I'm using Patreon, my success so far, and something I call "The BIG Patreon Creator . . .

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March 31, 2015

"What do we do about drug users with basic incomes?"

The question of UBI and addictive behavior

Any discussion about basic income and drug use first needs to be informed by learning more about drug users and their actual behavior.

To start with, please first read this: The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts

[Dr. Carl Hart] hoped to find a neurological cure to addiction, some mechanism for blocking that dopamine activity in the brain so . . .

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March 27, 2015

My Guest Appearance on the P2P Connects Us Podcast

A new podcast with me as a guest is up today. This one is the P2P Connects Us podcast.

I talk about the state of technology, why it requires basic income, and how UBI would actually create a more distributed system as opposed to the idea it would further centralize it. This is something I've been meaning to write about in-depth, but have . . .

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March 25, 2015

New Medium Article: Notes of Discussions in the North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress of 2015

Read the article I published on Medium on March 23rd, 2015.

Summary: This is what I've spent the past three weeks writing. It's a full summary of the North American Basic Income Congress I attended in NYC earlier this month. I hope it serves as a faithful record of the event, and allows those interested to learn and share what . . .

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March 24, 2015

The Water Room Analogy

Why giving basic income to even the richest makes sense

"You want to even give basic income to the rich?! That doesn't make any sense at all because they don't need it, it'll cost more, and you'll be taxing them only to give it back to them."

This a common response to the idea of providing everyone an unconditional basic income. Yes, everyone. That means that even Bill . . .

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March 19, 2015

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