Scott Santens

A Basic Income Sermon for Christians

The moral argument for UBI by Reverend Dr. Roger Lee Ray of Community Christian Church

For some who are new to the idea of universal basic income, it may reflexively strike them as being somehow immoral. Be it seen as a form of theft, or in violation of the Protestant work ethic, or just plain feeling wrong, basic income can pose a challenge to those of faith. The following sermon makes the very strong Christian case that . . .

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December 04, 2016

True Freedom Comes with Basic Income

I published a new article today on Medium titled "True Freedom Comes with Basic Income". An earlier version of this article was originally published over 18 months ago, but was removed and has been unavailable for over a year.


“I can’t not do this, because I need the money…”—The thought underlying all exploitation which can . . .

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November 11, 2016

The Disproportionate Effects of a Universal Basic Income

Can UBI function as reparations?

One very interesting but not so easy to understand element of universal basic income is how it disproportionately helps traditionally marginalized groups more than anyone else.

That sentence alone may be confusing. If everyone gets the same amount, how can one group benefit more than another group? Isn't the result really just . . .

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February 13, 2016

For Those Who Believe a Basic Income is Morally Wrong

You obviously have very strong feelings of morality, and especially the "rightness" of your own morality, so I'm certainly not about to attempt to change your mind, or to show how basic income can be seen as somehow being moral in your eyes.

However, I would like to ask you a series of questions in response, if that's okay.

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January 22, 2015

Wouldn't a basic income just be stealing from those who earned their money?

Basic income as compensation for property rights

This kind of question is built on the assumption that all money earned is earned fairly and justly, and all money taxed is both unfair and unjust.

Here's the thing, that idea of private property we take for granted as the foundation of just about everything? Perhaps we shouldn't just take it for granted. Now, by not taking it for . . .

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January 16, 2015