Scott Santens

A Guide to Basic Income: Frequently Asked Questions about UBI

Unconditional Basic Income 101

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Over the years I've been asked many questions about the idea of a basic income guarantee. Some are asked far more than others, and so I've made a point of writing various articles and blog posts to answer many of these questions. Whatever question you may have about basic income, please look below and see if there's a . . .

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Basic Income as Liquid Infrastructure: The Bruce Lee Argument for UBI

"Be formless, shapeless, like water..."

"Be formless, shapeless, like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” - Bruce Lee

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When most people hear Bruce Lee's words about the . . .

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November 05, 2020

An Engineering Argument for Basic Income

Utilizing fault-tolerant design in critical life support systems

This post is also available in Spanish.

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Before studying engineering, if someone asked me what 1+1 is, I would have said "2." Now, I'd say "I'm pretty sure it's 2, but we'd better make it 3 just to be safe."

I originally went to college at the Colorado School of Mines to . . .

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October 30, 2020

With UBI, won't people just watch TV and play video games?

The Tarantino Argument for Unconditional Basic Income

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"If we give everyone basic income, people will do nothing but watch TV and play video games."

I've heard and read this more times than I can count over the years, and despite the evidence not supporting that concern at all, and even pointing in the opposite direction, and despite the fact that concern is . . .

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October 21, 2020

My Speech at the People's Convention

In defense of human rights-based policies like UBI and reforms to restore and expand democracy like RCV

On August 30, 2020, the Movement for a People's Party held their first People's Convention. I was asked to give a speech alongside other invited speakers like Nina Turner, Cornel West, Marianne Williamson, and many others. The purpose of the People’s Convention was to discuss plans to build a new largest party in America by 2024.

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August 31, 2020

My Response to Steve Forbes' Opposition to Universal Basic Income

A ten-minute debunking of a half-billionaire

Steve Forbes recently came out against the idea of universal basic income with this video followed by this article. The following is the transcript of my response which I made into my own video.

Steve Forbes just released a video of him talking about how adopting a universal basic income in the US will destroy us all, so I . . .

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August 26, 2020

My Proposal for an Emergency UBI That Transitions Into a Permanent UBI

In February of 2020 I joined Mike Broihier's team for his U.S. Senate run in Kentucky as his senior policy advisor and was tasked with the design of his UBI plan. With the economic shutdown that soon followed as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, this plan also incorporated an emergency UBI into it as something different than . . .

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July 17, 2020

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