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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You Have Been Drafted Into the Great Coronavirus War

The Argument for Emergency UBI as Conscription Pay for All

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GREETING:

You are hereby ordered to report for induction into the ARMED FORCES of the UNITED STATES.

War has arrived, and over 100,000 of us could die.

This war, unlike all previous wars, is a war against a virus: SARS-CoV-2. The coronavirus is our enemy this time, and the theater of this battlefront . . .

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March 30, 2020

Unconditional Pandemic Security

Why we need UBI immediately to combat the fear of the unknown

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What I'm about to tell you I only understand because I have a basic income already and it's hugely important for everyone to understand right now in this moment of health and economic crisis.

$1 $1

That may seem like bad math, but let me try and explain...

Many of us were already feeling financial . . .

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March 21, 2020

Introducing Andrew Yang

A short speech I wrote for Dubuque, Iowa

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I wrote this short speech on January 30 to introduce Andrew Yang at his town hall in Dubuque, Iowa.
Photo by Marc Klockow of my delivering it.


If you're Yang Gang, there's a good chance you know who I am, and if you're Yang Curious, you're probably wondering, who the heck is this guy? Well, . . .

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January 31, 2020

New bill introduced in New York State Senate to fund a 2-year conditional cash transfer pilot labeled as a UBI pilot

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This week a bill was introduced in the New York State Senate by Senator Kevin S. Parker to fund a “universal basic income pilot program.” Bill S6696 proposes to begin a pilot no later than January 21, 2021 which would last for a duration of two years and provide an income of $600 per month to 10,000 participants between the ages of . . .

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September 13, 2019

Goodbye, Medium

Why I'm leaving Medium after 5 years of writing there

My last article wasn’t considered good enough to be curated into any topic category, despite being viewed over 20,000 times and having over 5,000 applause. It even included cover art that was an incredible illustration inspired by and created just for the article by a very talented illustrator. Would you like to know why it wasn’t curated? I . . .

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August 22, 2019

New Podcast Episode: How We Can Transform America’s Broken Economic System to Work for Everyone

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You can listen to this 50-minute podcast episode on:

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/episodes/How-We-Can-Transform-Americas-Broken-Economic-System-to-Work-for-Everyone-e4skjj

Apple Podcasts: . . .

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August 07, 2019

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