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Scott Santens

The Monsters, Inc. Argument for Unconditional Basic Income

How to convert an economy based on fear to one based on joy

Every year since 2002, there is a North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress held in either the US or Canada. On the eve of this year’s NABIG in Hamilton, Ontario, I’d like to share with you my favorite presentation from 2017. It was a talk given by Ken Burak and it centered around the Pixar film “Monsters, Inc” as an argument for basic . . .

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May 18, 2018

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 removing . . .

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April 30, 2018

New on Medium: It’s Time for Technology to Serve all Humankind with Unconditional Basic Income

A speech about UBI

I've just published over on Medium "It’s Time for Technology to Serve all Humankind with Unconditional Basic Income". It's actually the text of the speech I wrote for my keynote at Oredev last November in Sweden.

Because this speech was meant to be heard, I've recorded myself reading it aloud so that an audio version is . . .

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April 14, 2018

Here's what I said about automated vehicles and basic income at the House of Commons of Canada

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Below is the audio and text of the short speech I delivered to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities at the Canadian House of Commons on March 28, 2018 as an expert called to answer questions as part of a big study they are doing on Automated and Connected Vehicles in Canada.

In 2014, I went on a road trip with . . .

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March 30, 2018

Universal Basic Income Cryptocurrencies Like Manna are Pioneering the Way Towards Decentralized Targeting

Goodbye means-testing. Hello cryptographic universality.

I've provided an introduction to the cryptocurrency "Manna" in a previous blog entry, so if you've never heard of it, please start by reading that first, before coming back here to dive deeper.

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There's something about Manna (and any UBI cryptocurrency really) that may just blow your mind to realize, as it did my own, . . .

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March 20, 2018

Will the Cost of Basic Income be Borne on the Shoulders of the American Middle Class?

Short Answer: No

There are many arguments against the idea of an unconditional basic income, most based on a complete lack of any actual research. These arguments happen to be entirely logical, and even plausible, but simply aren't supported by the evidence that has already been accumulated over the decades to apply to them. There are other arguments . . .

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February 09, 2018

Whitepaper and wallet now available for Universal Basic Income cryptocurrency "Manna", formerly known as Grantcoin

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On January 29, 2018, The People's Currency Foundation (a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit) published their whitepaper for Manna, a relaunching of the basic income cryptocurrency formerly known as Grantcoin, which was the first publicly traded blockchain currency to be distributed universally to all those verified as unique applicants.

Its . . .

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February 02, 2018

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