Scott Santens

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

My Speech at the People's Convention

In defense of human rights-based policies like UBI and reforms to restore and expand democracy like RCV

On August 30, 2020, the Movement for a People's Party held their first People's Convention. I was asked to give a speech alongside other invited speakers like Nina Turner, Cornel West, Marianne Williamson, and many others. The purpose of the People’s Convention was to discuss plans to build a new largest party in America by 2024.

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August 31, 2020

My Response to Steve Forbes' Opposition to Universal Basic Income

A ten-minute debunking of a half-billionaire

Steve Forbes recently came out against the idea of universal basic income with this video followed by this article. The following is the transcript of my response which I made into my own video.

Steve Forbes just released a video of him talking about how adopting a universal basic income in the US will destroy us all, so I . . .

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August 26, 2020

My Proposal for an Emergency UBI That Transitions Into a Permanent UBI

In February of 2020 I joined Mike Broihier's team for his U.S. Senate run in Kentucky as his senior policy advisor and was tasked with the design of his UBI plan. With the economic shutdown that soon followed as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, this plan also incorporated an emergency UBI into it as something different than . . .

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July 17, 2020

Dennis Explains 'The Implication' of Saying No

The Always Sunny Argument for UBI

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In the third episode of the sixth season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in 2010, the gang buys a boat. In this episode there's a scene between Mac and Dennis that provides a clear example of what is and isn't consent, and how full consent does not truly exist as long as someone is afraid that saying no to someone . . .

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July 10, 2020

A Day in My Life in 2040

Looking ahead with the assumption we adopted UBI

Recently I was asked to visualize a day in my life twenty years from now in 2040, with the assumption that we made the right decisions as a society and life is much better because of it, not just for me, but for everyone. What is a day like? I'd like to share with you my future day, but first I want to preface it with a quick rethinking . . .

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July 03, 2020

Why universal basic income instead of just lower taxes?

Another frequently asked UBI question answered

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A frequently asked question in response to universal basic income that comes mostly in response from conservatives is some variation of, "Why don't we just tax people less if we want them to have more money?" It's an entirely fair question to ask, especially if you're paying more than $12,000 per year in taxes, . . .

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June 17, 2020


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