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Scott Santens

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

Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck

My latest article on Medium

Read the article I published on Medium on May 15th, 2015.

Excerpt:

Just as our roads a decade from now will be full of machine drivers instead of human drivers, a 21st century economy shall be driven by human consumers, not human workers, and these consumers must be freely given their purchasing power. If we refuse, if we don’t provide . . .

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May 15, 2015

Motherboard interview about Basic Income Day

Brian Merchant of Motherboard contacted me in regards to doing a piece about Basic Income Day and the successful campaign I've organized with the help of /r/BasicIncome and our international friends behind BasicIncomeDay.org.

Here's a link to the piece: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/happy-basic-income-day

One excerpt:

“[B]asic . . .

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April 30, 2015

Medium Article: John Oliver, Edward Snowden, and Unconditional Basic Income

Read the article I published on Medium on April 7th, 2015.

Summary: Both discussions of government surveillance and basic income require knowledge of present technology to better understand, and both therefore require simplifications to a single question we can all understand.

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April 13, 2015

"Yeah, but who's going to pay for it?"

Alan Watts answers the BIG question

"Money, Guilt, and the Machine" by Alan Watts

(The following text is what I personally transcribed from the above video originally uploaded to YouTube by AlanWattsLectures of a lecture given by philosopher Alan Watts circa late '60s)


So this goes very deep into us. It goes deep, deep, deep into a problem we have about guilt. I . . .

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April 10, 2015

Reddit, Robots, and Resources

Why I got into the idea of basic income and how we can go about implementing it

(The following is an edited transcript from my appearance on the Robot Overlordz podcast adapted for article form. You can read the original unedited transcript and also listen to the show in full here. A big thank you to Mike Johnston and Matt Bolton for the raw transcript and for having me on their show!)

The Origins of My Interest

I've . . .

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April 06, 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

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