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An Engineering Argument for Basic Income

Utilizing fault-tolerant design in critical life support systems

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Before studying engineering, if someone asked . . .

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October 30, 2020

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

Human Park: A Mammal's Guide to Stress-Free Living

My latest feature-length article as seen in XY Magazine

I published a new article today on Medium titled "Human Park: A Mammal's Guide to Stress-Free Living". A shortened version of this same article is one of the feature articles in the 50th issue of XY Magazine, now available online and in Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

The article itself is focused around the . . .

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October 07, 2016

Basic Income Observations Log: Entry One

The Importance of Security

If you're reading this as a subscriber to my blog or as one of my followers on Twitter or Facebook, you likely already know this, but if you're new to my writing, you may not yet know that I have a crowdfunded basic income through Patreon. Beginning my campaign for $1,000 per month in late 2014, I reached that goal at the end of 2015, . . .

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January 21, 2016

"Won't basic income give too much power to whomever distributes it?"

The fear a basic income guarantee could increase citizen subservience to government

One of the more common responses to first hearing about the idea of a basic income guarantee, is the fear that it would give too much power to government. The thinking goes that if government is giving money to everyone, then they could threaten to discontinue doing so at any time, preventing any dissent and potentially creating an . . .

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April 17, 2015

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