Scott Santens

The Disproportionate Effects of a Universal Basic Income

Can UBI function as reparations?

One very interesting but not so easy to understand element of universal basic income is how it disproportionately helps traditionally marginalized groups more than anyone else.

That sentence alone may be confusing. If everyone gets the same amount, how can one group benefit more than another group? Isn't the result really just . . .

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February 13, 2016

Basic Income Observations Log: Entry One

The Importance of Security

If you're reading this as a subscriber to my blog or as one of my followers on Twitter or Facebook, you likely already know this, but if you're new to my writing, you may not yet know that I have a crowdfunded basic income through Patreon. Beginning my campaign for $1,000 per month in late 2014, I reached that goal at the end of 2015, . . .

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January 21, 2016

Robin Hoodwinked: How Billion Dollar Powerballs Reflect 21st Century Inequality

New feature-length article on Medium

My latest longform piece on Medium is now available to read and it's titled "Robin Hoodwinked: How Billion Dollar Powerballs Reflect 21st Century Inequality".

Introduction:

Back in 2015, I drove past the same sign I drive past daily, but looked at it with fresh eyes. It was a Powerball sign and it suddenly . . .

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January 19, 2016

Who Wants a Free Sample of Basic Income?

"My Basic Income" raffling in Germany, The Netherlands, and Now the United States

One thing I've learned so far in observing the world increasingly discuss the idea of basic income, is that this discussion, as is true with any discussion, can be like the Telephone Game. A reported fact can be tweeted, blogged, shared, re-reported, re-blogged,re-shared, and suddenly the world is talking like the first person said . . .

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January 06, 2016

The Science Behind Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

On Huffington Post Science

My latest piece on Huffington Post is available to read and share, titled "The Science Behind Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol".

Introduction:

First published in 1843, A Christmas Carol is a timeless story that we have cherished ever since, especially during the holidays. The tale by Charles Dickens has . . .

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December 21, 2015

Press Release: American Achieves First Crowdfunded Monthly Basic Income

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2015
Contact: Scott Santens
scott@scottsantens.com
Twitter: @scottsantens

American Achieves First Crowdfunded Monthly Basic Income

Scott Santens photo

(New Orleans, La.) – Writer and basic income advocate Scott Santens has become the first person to successfully crowdfund a perpetual . . .

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December 14, 2015

What YouTube and Star Wars Fans Are Showing Us About the Future of Work

A New New Hope

I was recently invited to take part in a panel at the Brookings Institution about the future of work in light of accelerating technological advances, and during that panel (which is now available on YouTube) (and also independently filmed by a YouTuber) I mentioned YouTube as an example of the kind of work I see right now that is new to this . . .

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October 31, 2015

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