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Author, public speaker, and Unconditional Basic Income advocate. Explorer of all things UBI. Here you will find audio versions of my many articles and blog posts, narrated by me. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support

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Author, public speaker, and Unconditional Basic Income advocate. Explorer of all things UBI. Here you will find audio versions of my many articles and blog posts, narrated by me. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support

    An Engineering Argument for Universal Basic Income (UBI)

    An Engineering Argument for Universal Basic Income (UBI)

    This one is a straight up, matter of fact, reality-driven argument for UBI. There will always be failure, and so we should plan for that failure, so that when people fail, it isn't life-threatening. It's a resilience argument for fault-tolerant design of our social and economic system. UBI introduces redundancy, graceful failure, and proportional control.



    This is the engineering argument for UBI: We are all living, breathing, human beings, and we all need money to obtain the food and housing and everything else we need to stay alive. The best way to make sure we all stay alive then, is to make sure we always have a basic amount of money, and the best way to make sure we always have a basic amount of money is to provide it to everyone at all times, so it's always there, no matter what.



    Any argument to the contrary is not sound from an engineering perspective.



    Read the article: https://scottsantens.com/engineering-argument-for-unconditional-universal-basic-income-ubi-fault-tolerance-graceful-failure-redundancy



    For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq



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    The Quentin Tarantino Argument for Universal Basic Income (UBI)

    The Quentin Tarantino Argument for Universal Basic Income (UBI)

    I've mentioned this argument in a few podcasts over the years, but I finally got around to writing it up as a new part of my UBI FAQ. This argument is another response to the common claim that people provided UBI will just watch TV and play video games. Instead of the usual response using available behavioral evidence, this instead asks, "What's  wrong with that?"

    How are we to know that someone watching a ton of movies isn't going to be the next Quentin Tarantino? How are we to know that someone spending all their time playing video games isn't going to be the next eSports star? We can't know these things. It's impossible.

    UBI recognizes that, and better enables people to pursue their passions, which may end up being considered valuable by everyone after all, in retrospect.

    Read the article: https://scottsantens.com/the-quentin-tarantino-argument-for-universal-basic-income-ubi-people-watch-movies-and-play-video-games

    For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq

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    My Response to Steve Forbes' Opposition to UBI

    My Response to Steve Forbes' Opposition to UBI

    Steve Forbes recently came out against UBI in a 3-minute video that was filled to the brim with the standard objections to UBI, including the notion that everyone would stop working (which would hurt the  economy and their dignity), which of course was really rich coming from someone really rich, who could have never worked a day in his life, but for some reason still did with his inheritance of the family business.

    In response I wrote a long thread on Twitter, which I then used as a script for a video response, which I spent a week editing together into a 10-minute video, complete with charts, quotes, references, and a bit of fun for good measure. I suggest watching the video itself, but if you'd just like to listen to the audio instead, here it is.

    Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3itveUHbQ8

    For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq

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    UBI as the Social Vaccine of the 21st Century

    UBI as the Social Vaccine of the 21st Century

    I originally published this article in 2015, and to this day it remains an article I frequently link to in order to help people understand how expensive poverty is, and how much we would save by directly abolishing it with unconditional basic income. Whenever someone makes the claim that UBI is simply too expensive, use what I talk about here and ask in return, "What is the cost of not implementing UBI?" Understand that poverty isn't free, and you will understand the return on investment in abolishing poverty, just like the ROI we experience every day in a world now free of smallpox.



    Read the article: https://medium.com/basic-income/universal-basic-income-as-the-social-vaccine-of-the-21st-century-d66dff39073



    For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq



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    Tyranny of Kindess: Part 3

    Tyranny of Kindess: Part 3

    The horror show that is our conditional welfare system remains unknown to most everyone. In 1993, Theresa Funiciello wrote a Pulitzer-nominated book to try to help change that by laying bare the details she learned as a welfare mother herself, and as someone who worked at an organization devoted to helping people in the welfare system. Her book is considered to be one of the most important books on welfare and poverty in America to ever be published, and it concludes with a call for unconditional basic income as the only solution to fix what's broken.



    In this episode I read the final part of Tyranny of Kindness which focuses on basic income. Theresa gets into the history of the idea and how an income guarantee almost happened under Nixon, and why it was Nixon, and not LBJ who tried to get a guaranteed income through Congress. Why we don't have basic income will make more sense once you listen to this and understand who stands to lose out, and why that would change the political landscape.



    My thanks also to Jenner Zero of Mind Wave Podcast for the new theme music, which I added for the first time in this episode.



    Listen to Part 1: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/episodes/Tyranny-of-Kindness-Chapter-1-e5390l



    Listen to Part 2: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/episodes/Tyranny-of-Kindness-Part-2-e9mo54



    Watch the Yang Gang Book Club discussion of Tyranny of Kindness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN9kLNaUtbM



    Buy the book Tyranny of Kindness by Theresa Funiciello: https://amzn.to/2Zfo75s



    For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq



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    True Freedom Comes With UBI

    True Freedom Comes With UBI

    This episode is a reading of my article published on November 11, 2016 about the importance of UBI to attaining freedom for all. Freedom for all would be an achievement only spoken about in rhetoric and hypotheticals.  There will never be true freedom from sexual and corporate exploitation and all forms of  slavery until freedom is actually granted unconditionally to all, with unconditional basic income. Until UBI, the decisions we make will remain compulsory and without our full consent instead of freely chosen.



    Read this article: https://medium.com/basic-income/true-freedom-comes-with-basic-income-7ff1368e170



    For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq



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Please listen everybody, especially our representatives in government

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In this instance, it certainly holds true. Thank you Scott for this view from the other side of the fence. Very inspiring..

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