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Scott Santens

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

Robot Overlordz Podcast Appearance

Episode 153 - "Basic Benjamin$!"

I was asked recently to be the guest for an episode of the Robot Overlordz podcast. As of today, the ep's now available to listen to over here.

My thanks to the guys over at Robot Overlordz for having me on the show! You can find more of their shows here.

And you can also follow their podcast on Twitter and Facebook.

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March 12, 2015

What I've observed since 2013 in the discussion about a basic income guarantee

How a BIG could be closer than we think

As I publish this on the eve of the 14th Annual North American Basic Income Congress in New York this weekend, which I will be attending thanks to the amazing support from my patrons, and even heading up social media interaction for (watch /r/BasicIncome for the live feed and #NABIG15 on Twitter), it occurs to me I need to share some of what . . .

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February 25, 2015

Guess What Happened When Liberia Tested a Pilot Program of Cash Transfers to the Extreme Poor in Bomi

Further evidence of the potential of basic income

I'm always on the lookout for more scientific evidence of what happens when people are provided cash incomes unconditionally. Recently I found something new, a pilot program tested in Bomi and Maryland Counties in Liberia that started in 2009 and ended in late 2014. Implemented by the Liberian Ministry of Gender and Development with . . .

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February 23, 2015

New Medium Article: If we no longer force people to work to meet their basic needs, won't they stop working?

Read the article I published on Medium on February 20th, 2015.

Summary: This article was originally a blog I posted here first. It goes into our system of involuntary work for others, the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations behind voluntary work, and how universal basic income is both the right thing and the smart thing to do in recognition . . .

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February 20, 2015

Is It Actually Possible to Live on a Basic Income of $12,000 Per Year?

(in the United States)

As you may already know, I'm actively crowdfunding a basic income of $12,000 per year, and am currently about 20% of the way there. (Thank you, Patreon patrons!) I chose this amount because I advocate the starting level of a basic income guarantee in the U.S. be set here, defined as being just above the poverty level (in 2015).

One of the . . .

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February 16, 2015

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