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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

The Monsters, Inc. Argument for Unconditional Basic Income

How to convert an economy based on fear to one based on joy

Every year since 2002, there is a North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress held in either the US or Canada. On the eve of this year’s NABIG in Hamilton, Ontario, I’d like to share with you my favorite presentation from 2017. It was a talk given by Ken Burak and it centered around the Pixar film “Monsters, Inc” as an argument for basic . . .

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May 18, 2018

Universal Basic Income Will Accelerate Innovation by Reducing Our Fear of Failure

New article published on Medium

I published a new article yesterday on Medium titled "Universal Basic Income Will Accelerate Innovation by Reducing Our Fear of Failure".

Excerpt:

What if our insistence on making people earn their living is preventing those one in ten thousand from making incredible achievements that would benefit all the rest of . . .

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December 02, 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

New Medium Article: If we no longer force people to work to meet their basic needs, won't they stop working?

Read the article I published on Medium on February 20th, 2015.

Summary: This article was originally a blog I posted here first. It goes into our system of involuntary work for others, the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations behind voluntary work, and how universal basic income is both the right thing and the smart thing to do in . . .

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February 20, 2015

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