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Scott Santens

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

New Medium Article: If we no longer force people to work to meet their basic needs, won't they stop working?

Read the article I published on Medium on February 20th, 2015.

Summary: This article was originally a blog I posted here first. It goes into our system of involuntary work for others, the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations behind voluntary work, and how universal basic income is both the right thing and the smart thing to do in recognition . . .

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February 20, 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

Debunking the Debunking of "Humans Need Not Apply" and More

The fallacy of "the luddite fallacy"

This gif is the kind of imagery that gets our attention and gets us all wondering about what is going to happen to the people who did these jobs now being done by robots.

There are a lot of people wondering about the answer to this question, and drawing conclusions like 47% of all current jobs are at risk of being automated within 20 years. . . .

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February 11, 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

Why should adults with kids get more basic income?

The question of child allowances

This is a question that shows a particular perspective in the very way it's framed.

What about this question instead:

"Why should kids get basic incomes too, and not just adults?"

They might look like they are basically the same, but they contain different viewpoints.

Here's the deal. I advocate a universal basic income of . . .

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February 04, 2015

The Potential Effects of a Universal Basic Income Guarantee on Student Loans

UBI as Universal Room and Board

good news everyone

Yes, it's true. I actually made this Futurama-inspired image recently to celebrate my life's most recent milestone at age thirty-seven, and it climbed to the front page of Reddit. The fact it was upvoted by almost 4,000 people I think says something. And what is that something?

There are a lot of people out there with student loans . . .

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January 30, 2015

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