Scott Santens

Olympians and the Great Myth of Meritocracy

Our playing fields aren't level but they can be more level with basic income

The Olympics provides a great opportunity to take a closer look at the popular myth of meritocracy, where winners come out on top thanks to hard work and losers simply just weren’t good enough. That the discussion during this most recent Olympics has been centered so much around performance-enhancing drugs really drives this point home in a . . .

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August 11, 2016

A Game of Musical Chairs Over Hot Coals

An analogy about employment and basic income

There's a common belief that people who don't have jobs somehow just aren't trying hard enough, and this belief is therefore based on the idea that there are enough jobs for everyone. To get a job, all one really needs to do is just try hard enough.

"Just go get a job."

The Harsh Reality of Jobland

people per job
Source: BLS

The . . .

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June 12, 2015

Do We Have Enough Space Bucks?

The question of money itself in the discussion for basic income

Possibly the most frequently asked question of all by those newly introduced to the idea of a truly universal and unconditional basic income is essentially:

That sounds way too expensive... Can we actually afford such an idea?

Now, others have responded to this question conceptually, and I've even recently replied to this question on . . .

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June 04, 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