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Scott Santens

Unconditional basic income (UBI) advocate with a crowdfunded basic income; Author of Let There Be Money; Senior Advisor to Humanity Forward; BasicIncomeToday.com editor; Fund for Humanity board member

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How the Baby Formula Crisis Helps Show the Difference Between Cash and Benefits-in-Kind

Depending on where you live, and when you read this, you may have noticed that baby formula is the latest thing for your local grocery store to be entirely out of. You may have also noticed a lot of blame being thrown around in the usual partisan ways from immigrants

How the Baby Formula Crisis Helps Show the Difference Between Cash and Benefits-in-Kind
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How to Calculate the Cost of Universal Basic Income (Hint: It's Not As Easy As You Might Think)

I've written about this before, about how the cost of universal basic income is its net cost, not its gross cost [https://www.scottsantens.com/the-cost-of-universal-basic-income-is-the-net-transfer-amount-not-the-gross-price-tag/] , but because this question of the cost of UBI is so frequently raised, and so frequently misunderstood, I'm going to attempt to explain this

How to Calculate the Cost of Universal Basic Income (Hint: It's Not As Easy As You Might Think)
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How the Monthly Child Tax Credit Reduced the Level of Desperation in America

With the enhanced CTC, fewer parents resorted to selling their blood plasma and paying 391% interest rates in order to feed and house their families Money is protection. When we have enough of it, it can be an all-purpose shield, able to protect us from all kinds of things. Protection

How the Monthly Child Tax Credit Reduced the Level of Desperation in America
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No, Ukraine did not just introduce Universal Basic Income. Here is what it did do.

On December 19, 2021, Ukraine launched “ePidtrymka” which translates to eSupport. It was launched on Diia which is a smartphone app and web portal that itself was launched in February 2020 to function as a means of storing and sharing digital versions of documents, and also making government services available

No, Ukraine did not just introduce Universal Basic Income. Here is what it did do.
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The Monthly Child Tax Credit Gave Birth to New Entrepreneurs

It’s no coincidence that during the pandemic, entrepreneurship increased in the United States by 23%, which was more than any other advanced economy. Read this post on the Humanity Forward [https://humanityforward.com/2022/02/the-monthly-child-tax-credit-gave-birth-to-new-entrepreneurs/] blog. The Monthly Child Tax Credit Gave Birth to New EntrepreneursIt’s no

The Monthly Child Tax Credit Gave Birth to New Entrepreneurs
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An Introduction to Unconditional Basic Income For All

Let’s talk about humanity... Human civilization was not ready for COVID-19, nor is it ready for the continuing impacts of climate change, nor the impacts we will increasingly feel as we automate more and more employment. As a species, we were not ready. We’re still not ready. And

An Introduction to Unconditional Basic Income For All
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The Rise of Omicron is Grounds for Extending the Monthly Child Tax Credit

The end of CTC payments will also mean the end of employment for some parents, right when times are most difficult due to an Omicron wave. This post can be read on the Humanity Forward [https://humanityforward.com/2022/01/omicron-rise-is-grounds-for-extending-the-child-tax-credit/] blog. The Rise of Omicron is Grounds for Extending

The Rise of Omicron is Grounds for Extending the Monthly Child Tax Credit
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Podcast Episode: Vision and Foundations for a Better Society

From 2019 to 2021, I took part in a convening on automation, opportunity, and belonging to visualize the future and how to get to a better one among the infinitely possible versions of it. Together we crafted over multiple iterations a vision document of the kind of society we  could

Podcast Episode: Vision and Foundations for a Better Society
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My New (And First) Book: Let There Be Money

Now available in paperback and Kindle For those who have read my long essay about UBI and MMT [https://vocal.media/theSwamp/why-we-need-modern-monetary-theory-mmt-and-why-it-needs-universal-basic-income-ubi] (or listened to me narrate it [https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/episodes/Why-We-Need-Modern-Monetary-Theory-MMT-and-Why-It-Needs-Universal-Basic-Income-UBI-e175t4m] ) in its entirety, you know it was long. At near 14,000 words, it takes

My New (And First) Book: Let There Be Money
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Understanding Pandemic Inflation: How to Best Reduce and Alleviate It

It would be a mistake to misdiagnose our inflation as mostly a demand problem instead of mostly a supply problem. This post can be read on the Humanity Forward [https://humanityforward.com/2021/11/understanding-pandemic-inflation-how-to-best-reduce-and-alleviate-it/] blog. Understanding Pandemic Inflation: How to Best Reduce and Alleviate It“It would be a

Understanding Pandemic Inflation: How to Best Reduce and Alleviate It