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Scott Santens

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.

Excerpt:

“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

Giving Goods vs. Giving Money

A story of eggs, cash, and basic income

I love watching documentaries and one of my recent favorites on Netflix, aside from Noam Chomsky's "Requiem for the American Dream", is "Poverty, Inc." I highly recommend just watching the entire film yourself, but there is one story from it that is one of my new favorites to share onward, and that's the story by . . .

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July 01, 2016

Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income

One of these is a tool of the future, the other is a tool of the past

Below is the full audio (with text) of my commentary originally recorded for WNYC's The Takeaway for a discussion about reconsidering the minimum wage, of which only a small portion was aired. It is available here now in its entirety.

Audio:

Text:

I think that wherever possible, we should look to permanently eliminate underlying causes . . .

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July 29, 2015

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

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

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

New Medium Article: Universal Basic Income as the Social Vaccine of the 21st Century

Can the savings of basic income exceed the costs?

Read the article I published on Medium on February 5th, 2015.

Summary: This article starts with an introduction to how hugely cost-saving vaccines are, especially our use of them to eradicate smallpox. It then asks if poverty could be like smallpox and goes into basic income's potential as a social vaccine to eradicate it, and the . . .

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February 06, 2015

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