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Scott Santens

New on Medium: Doug Ford Cancelled Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Experiment Because It Was Working

I've just published a new feature-length article over on Medium "Doug Ford Cancelled Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Experiment Because It Was Working".

Here's an excerpt:

It cannot be ignored that the cancellation of a three-year experiment involving real live human beings is an ethical violation of the . . .

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September 18, 2018

The BIG Patreon Creator Pledge

List of those who have taken the pledge for basic income

Taking a page from the Creative Commons concept of Share Alike, and based on 2018 US federal poverty guidelines, any and every patron dollar on Patreon pledged above $1,012 per month I will consider to be greater than a basic income and will pledge away to other Creators on Patreon also creating content in support of their own basic incomes . . .

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Don't Make People in Need Jump Through Hoops for Food

A letter-to-the-editor in opposition of imposing stricter work requirements for food stamps

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The Trump administration has recently proposed adding what I consider to be some pretty counterproductive new requirements for SNAP (aka food stamp) recipients. In response to this, I immediately signed a public statement in defense of SNAP as an advocate of unconditional basic income because we should be going in the direction of . . .

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April 30, 2018

The Social Network and Basic Income

An introduction to complex systems theory for basic income advocates

There's something I do every single day, throughout the day, even on weekends, and I've done it since 2013. There's a reason I do it beyond what might be typically presumed, and the basis for that reason is my appreciation for complex systems theory. So I'm going to go over in this post what it is I do, as a way of both . . .

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March 05, 2016

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 . . .

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March 24, 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

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