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

Also available to listen to in podcast form

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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

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

New on Medium: "What is there to learn from Finland's basic income experiment? Did it succeed or fail?"

Understanding Finland's experiment of partial basic income and slightly fewer conditions

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I've just published a new feature-length article over on Medium where I get into the preliminary results of the basic income experiment in Finland "What is There to Learn From Finland’s Basic Income Experiment? Did It Succeed or Fail?".

Here's an excerpt from the beginning:

After two years of . . .

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February 14, 2019

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

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

Forget the future of work. What about the future of consumption?

Discussing the future of work is all the rage these days. Some say we're on the verge of the robot apocalypse of jobs. Others say jobs will always be created in sufficient numbers (and at sufficient rates) and that everything will be fine. Regular readers know where I fall on this particular question, that either way, our goal should be . . .

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July 22, 2016

What YouTube and Star Wars Fans Are Showing Us About the Future of Work

A New New Hope

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In 2015 I was invited to take part in a panel at the Brookings Institution about the future of work in light of accelerating technological advances, and during that panel (which is available on YouTube), I mentioned YouTube as an example of the kind of work I see right now that is new to this world, and yet remains mostly . . .

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October 31, 2015

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