Scott Santens

Top 10 Basic Income Articles of 2017

A look back at this year's best UBI reads

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As a moderator of the /r/BasicIncome subreddit, I read a lot of links every year about the idea of unconditional basic income, hundreds actually. Once again, as I did last year, I've compiled a list of the ten articles/papers/reports I consider the most important to read out of everything published this year. Please bookmark, . . .

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December 21, 2017

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

What would I do if everyone had a basic income?

My own answer to the BIG question

What would you do if you had an unconditional basic income?

I regularly ask people this question, because the answer is the true definition of basic income. Basic income isn't really about the money. It's about what money enables us to do in our lives that we'd otherwise be prevented from doing without enough . . .

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November 24, 2017

New on Medium: "The Real Story of Automation Beginning with One Simple Chart"

Technological unemployment is hiding in plain sight

I've just published a new feature-length article on Medium centered around the chart below.

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To read all about it, please head on over to Medium to read it, "applaud" it so as to improve its visibility, and share it widely. Thanks!


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October 24, 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

Stop Teaching Students WHAT to Think. Teach Them HOW to Think.

The future of education and work

For more than a century, we've been creating an industrial workforce of human automatons, built for the purpose of performing routine labor not yet doable by machines. And we've been operating with the mindset that we should teach students the same way we program actual machines. In the 20th century, schooling became a process of . . .

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September 30, 2017

The Expanse's Basic Support vs. Basic Income

How not to meet humanity's basic needs in our automated future

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The Expanse is a series of science fiction novels that is also now a TV series with two seasons available to watch so far. In this universe, in the not too distant future, humanity has moved beyond Earth to extend its reach throughout the entire solar system. Mars is an independent military power, asteroids and various moons . . .

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September 22, 2017

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