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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

Forget the future of work. What about the future of consumption?

Discussing the future of work is all the rage these days. Some say we're on the verge of the robot apocalypse of jobs. Others say jobs will always be created in sufficient numbers (and at sufficient rates) and that everything will be fine. Regular readers know where I fall on this particular question, that either way, our goal should be . . .

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July 22, 2016

YouTube as an Intrinsic Motivation Window

A look at what people will do with their basic incomes

As I've blogged about previously, being a cord cutter I watch YouTube instead of TV, and it's because of this I think I don't see people in the same way many do, where there's a mistaken belief people do nothing unless paid to do something. To the contrary, it's clear on YouTube that people love doing all kinds of things . . .

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March 02, 2016

Dear Patreon:

A letter from a quarter-liberated creator

First off, I just want to thank you for creating your platform. It's really something for which to be proud in the difference you are making in people's lives, mine included. So I'm writing you to let you know a bit about me, how I'm using Patreon, my success so far, and something I call "The BIG Patreon Creator . . .

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March 31, 2015

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