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New on Vocal: Why We Need Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and Why It Needs Universal Basic Income (UBI)

Also available to listen to in podcast form

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It's published!!! At just shy of 14,000 words, my latest article is the closest thing to writing a book that I've done so far. Despite its length, it's still meant to be readable like an enjoyable book, and not a heavy academic slog that no one will read. I hope readers will agree.

I've long avoided . . .

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September 13, 2021

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

One Thing to Build a More Open World: Unconditional Basic Income (UBI)

A one-minute case for the power to say NO

The video below was created for The Economist's Open Future contest where everyone has one minute to change the world. This is my minute.

The one thing I would change is no power to say NO...

No. I will not work for a poverty wage. No. I will not be abused. No. I will not be dominated, or controlled, or coerced . . .

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July 30, 2018

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

Someday we will look back and interpret the Constitution as having called for unconditional basic income all along

An open reply to Grant Cordone

A blog post by Grant Cordone was brought to my attention recently to which I replied on LinkedIn. To summarize what he wrote, it was an argument that basic income is not in the Constitution of the United States, and is thus anti-freedom and a terrible idea because people should be pulling on their bootstraps like he did instead of being . . .

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December 12, 2017

Unconditional Basic Income is a Pigovian Subsidy for Unpaid Work

There's something about unpaid work that I've never actually seen discussed, and that's the cost of the work that's paid...

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Take for example the amount of unpaid care work in the US that's estimated as being around $700 billion per year (and mostly done by women). That's an invisible work force . . .

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October 05, 2017

True Freedom Comes with Basic Income

I published a new article today on Medium titled "True Freedom Comes with Basic Income". An earlier version of this article was originally published over 18 months ago, but was removed and has been unavailable for over a year.

Excerpt:

“I can’t not do this, because I need the money…”—The thought underlying all . . .

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November 11, 2016

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