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

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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

Basic Income as Liquid Infrastructure: The Bruce Lee Argument for UBI

"Be formless, shapeless, like water..."

"Be formless, shapeless, like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” - Bruce Lee

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When most people hear Bruce Lee's words about the . . .

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November 05, 2020

An Engineering Argument for Basic Income

Utilizing fault-tolerant design in critical life support systems

This post is also available in Spanish and Czech due to the volunteer work of translators. Thank you to everyone who submits a translation for me to add here.

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(Optional Audio: click here to listen to my narration of this article if you prefer listening to reading)

Before studying engineering, if someone asked . . .

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October 30, 2020

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

Olympians and the Great Myth of Meritocracy

Our playing fields aren't level but they can be more level with basic income

The Olympics provides a great opportunity to take a closer look at the popular myth of meritocracy, where winners come out on top thanks to hard work and losers simply just weren’t good enough. That the discussion during this most recent Olympics has been centered so much around performance-enhancing drugs really drives this point home in a . . .

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August 11, 2016

A Game of Musical Chairs Over Hot Coals

An analogy about employment and basic income

There's a common belief that people who don't have jobs somehow just aren't trying hard enough, and this belief is therefore based on the idea that there are enough jobs for everyone. To get a job, all one really needs to do is just try hard enough.

"Just go get a job."

The Harsh Reality of . . .

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June 12, 2015

Do We Have Enough Space Bucks?

The question of money itself in the discussion for basic income

Possibly the most frequently asked question of all by those newly introduced to the idea of a truly universal and unconditional basic income is essentially:

That sounds way too expensive... Can we actually afford such an idea?

Now, others have responded to this question conceptually, and I've even recently . . .

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June 04, 2015

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All Categories: automation(21) technological unemployment(20) medium(20) poverty(14) voluntary labor(13) basic income experiments(9) moral argument(9) inequality(9) entrepreneurship(9) money(8) unpaid labor(8) analogy(8) activism(7) cash transfers(7) productivity(7) video(7) bullshit jobs(7) huffington post(6) motivation(6) podcast(6) transcript(6) slavery(6) self-employment(5) partial basic income(5) the movement(5) social security(5) social cohesion(5) science(5) republished(5) underemployment(5) cost(5) funding methods(4) child poverty(4) feminism(4) creativity(4) drug use(4) spending(4) philosophy(4) free market(4) patreon(3) capitalism(3) biology(3) interview(3) security(3) debt(3) reddit(3) appearances(3) fear(3) private property(3) youtube(3) dividends(3) systems thinking(3) arts(3) gender equity(3) p2p(2) 12k(2) basic income day(2) civil participation(2) unions(2) self-driving vehicles(2) rich support(2) minimum wage(2) crowdfunding(2) student loans(2) press release(2) humans need not apply(2) social media(2) libertarian(2) evidence(2) education(2) india(2) new orleans(2) parenting(2) big event(2) addiction(2) andrew yang(1) star wars(1) costs(1) alan watts(1) basic income log(1) reparations(1) boston globe(1) bomi(1) faq(1) edward snowden(1) paid leave(1) magazine(1) left(1) cited(1) excerpt(1) liberia(1) tpp(1) karl widerquist(1) john oliver(1) housing(1) rents(1) religion(1) free trade(1) brazil(1) travel(1) south park(1) health(1) savings(1) child allowances(1) home