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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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2020 Revealed That Unconditional Basic Income Cannot Wait Any Longer

We need UBI and we need it NOW

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Everything seemed to change in 2020, and yet in very important ways, what really needed to didn’t, which is what must change. It’s time to finally live up to our founding ideals as a nation with a monthly investment in the lifelong economic security of all Americans.

Millions of Americans visited food banks for the first . . .

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January 15, 2021

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 and Czech due to the volunteer work of translators. Thank you to everyone who submits a translation for me to add here.

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(Optional Audio: click here to listen to my narration of this article if you prefer listening to reading)

Before studying engineering, if someone asked . . .

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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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(Click here to listen to this argument as a 13-minute podcast episode)


"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 . . .

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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

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