Scott Santens

Jobs, Work, and Universal Basic Income

a world without jobs ≠ a world without work

I recently spoke at the first World Summit on Technological Unemployment that took place in the Time Life Building in New York City on September 29, 2015. I was not the only one. Very well known names like Robert Reich and Joseph Stiglitz were also there to speak, and others just as well known like Larry Summers and John Markoff spoke via . . .

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Posted in: bullshit jobs

October 06, 2015

One Happy Story - The Citizens Basic Income

A story about the universal basic income law in Brazil

When I met Senator Eduardo Suplicy of Brazil earlier this year at the NABIG15 Congress in New York, he handed me and many others there this cute little children's book about basic income in Brazil.

For those who aren't aware, Brazil is the first country to pass basic income into law, and did so back in 2004. They just . . .

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Posted in: brazilvideo

September 21, 2015

Everything You Think You Know About The History and Future of Jobs Is Likely Wrong

The effects of technology on job creation/destruction by skill level

"47 Percent..."

That's the highly cited estimate out of Oxford by Frey and Osbourne of the percentage of existing jobs that are likely to be automated away with the help of technology within the next two decades. According to this paper, flip a coin and call heads or machines to see if your job will exist in 20 years. . . .

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August 19, 2015

The Huffington Post: Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income

My latest HuffPo piece

My latest piece on Huffington Post is available to read and share, titled "Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income"

Excerpt:

Because basic income provides an income floor, there's no longer any reason to keep any of these bureaucracy-filled ways of easing but never ending poverty. Instead, poverty would . . .

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August 11, 2015

Should the Amount of Basic Income Vary With Cost of Living Differences?

The question of an unequal UBI

A common first question in response to the idea of unconditionally guaranteeing a monthly cash stipend to everyone sufficient to meet their basic needs is in regards to a potential need for differing amounts of basic income. Let's examine this question from two perspectives: that of the individual and that of the location.

First . . .

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August 07, 2015

Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income

One of these is a tool of the future, the other is a tool of the past

Below is the full audio (with text) of my commentary originally recorded for WNYC's The Takeaway for a discussion about reconsidering the minimum wage, of which only a small portion was aired. It is available here now in its entirety.

Audio:

Text:

I think that wherever possible, we should look to . . .

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July 29, 2015

Trickle-Down Economics Must Die, Long Live Grow-Up Economics

My latest longread article on Medium

My latest article on Medium is about a 15-minute read, titled Trickle-Down Economics Must Die, Long Live Grow-Up Economics, and subtitled "The myth of inequality-driven economic growth and how to achieve real prosperity for all."

Intro:

For over thirty years we’ve treated something as fact which is actually . . .

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July 23, 2015

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