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An Engineering Argument for Basic Income

Utilizing fault-tolerant design in critical life support systems

This post is also available in Spanish.

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Before studying engineering, if someone asked me what 1+1 is, I would have said "2." Now, I'd say "I'm pretty sure it's 2, but we'd better make it 3 just to be safe."

I originally went to college at the Colorado School of Mines to . . .

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October 30, 2020

With UBI, won't people just watch TV and play video games?

The Tarantino Argument for Unconditional Basic Income

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"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 concern at all, and even pointing in the opposite direction, and despite the fact that concern is . . .

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October 21, 2020

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

Universal Basic Income Will Accelerate Innovation by Reducing Our Fear of Failure

New article published on Medium

I published a new article yesterday on Medium titled "Universal Basic Income Will Accelerate Innovation by Reducing Our Fear of Failure".

Excerpt:

What if our insistence on making people earn their living is preventing those one in ten thousand from making incredible achievements that would benefit all the rest of . . .

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December 02, 2016

Is It Actually Possible to Live on a Basic Income of $12,000 Per Year?

(in the United States)

As you may already know, I'm actively crowdfunding a basic income of $12,000 per year, and am currently about 20% of the way there. (Thank you, Patreon patrons!) I chose this amount because I advocate the starting level of a basic income guarantee in the U.S. be set here, defined as being just above the poverty level (in 2015).

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February 16, 2015

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