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Scott Santens

Negative Income Tax (NIT) and Unconditional Basic Income (UBI)

What makes them the same and what makes them different?

A negative income tax (NIT) and an unconditional basic income (UBI) are two ways of achieving a basic income guarantee (BIG). One gives a varying amount of money according to income, and the other gives the same amount to all and taxes different amounts back. However, among basic income supporters, some of us prefer UBI and some of us prefer . . .

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December 17, 2014

My Responses to the Responses to the Basic Income Article in Newsweek

This weekend Newsweek joined the mainstream media club to write favorably of basic income. Please read the article if you haven't already done so.

I think it's important in an article like this to get a feeling for how people are reacting to the idea and try to best answer them appropriately. And so the following are some of the . . .

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December 15, 2014

New Medium Article: Fit for Work and Fit to Die

A memorial for the means-tested

Read the article I published on Medium on December 12, 2014.

Summary: This article actually appeared here on this blog first, and I've now republished it to Medium for greater visibility and sharing.

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December 12, 2014

Women Have Lower Incomes Than Men

Another reason why basic income is important

Claim 1: Income is access to resources. When it comes to humans, one gender is given less access to resources than the other.

Claim 2: Women are paid less than men for the same work.

Though it may appear these two claims are the same, they are not. The first claim is entirely true, but the second more widely shared claim should be worded more . . .

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December 09, 2014

5 Steps to Becoming a BIG Contributor

(BIG = Basic Income Guarantee)

So you want to help make a basic income guarantee happen?

Our primary need is for more materials that are more accessible, more shareable, more impactful, etc. This need is huge and is exactly why there is also such a great opportunity to be a major part of this instead of just another voice pushing for something like a higher minimum wage.

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December 04, 2014

Does Guaranteeing a Basic Income Reduce Income Inequality?

Lessons from the Gini Index

Universal Basic Income (UBI) directly reduces income inequality.

I've actually written an as yet unpublished chapter for a book about this very topic, and am working on an article about this as well.

Here are two preliminary findings from what I'm still working on:

(For a quick primer on the Gini index, how it's calculated, and . . .

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December 01, 2014

The Big Easy was noted for its low quality of life... Stop right there.

A response to Economic Innovation in New New Orleans

This is in response to the article "Economic Innovation in the 'New' New Orleans":

"Only a decade ago, the Big Easy was noted for its poor business climate, low quality of life..."

Woah, woah, woah... stop right there.

I think you're confusing quality of life with average income. The Big Easy acquired such a . . .

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November 26, 2014

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