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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

    Vision and Foundations for a Better Society

    Vision and Foundations for a Better Society

    From 2019 to 2021, I took part in a convening on automation, opportunity, and belonging to visualize the future and how to get to a better future among the infinitely possible versions of it. Together we crafted over many iterations a vision document of the kind of society we could be in 2040, and the foundations we would need to build together as a society to achieve it and the updated social contract it will require.

    At the end of our convening, we all signed on to the vision document we had together created. What I am about to read is the text of that document. You can also read it yourself at socialcontract.fundforhumanity.org. My thanks to all of my fellow participants whose names and bios you can find on the website along with the text of our document.

    Link to the vision document: https://socialcontract.fundforhumanity.org/vision-and-foundation-for-a-better-society/

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

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    Let There Be Money: Why We Need Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and Why It Needs Universal Basic Income (UBI)

    Let There Be Money: Why We Need Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and Why It Needs Universal Basic Income (UBI)

    This episode is a reading of my long essay (and now also a book titled Let There Be Money) which is an in-depth exploration of Modern Monetary Theory and why MMT advocates should embrace UBI. Listening will provide a wide macroeconomic view at what money is, what actually causes inflation, what taxes actually do, and why we need to think about all of this differently in order to achieve what we can actually physically achieve.

    The limits of what we can actually do are determined by our actual physical capacity to do it, not by some construct we call money.

    Link to article: https://vocal.media/theSwamp/why-we-need-modern-monetary-theory-mmt-and-why-it-needs-universal-basic-income-ubi

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

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    Scott Santens Talking UBI on Twitter Spaces for Two Hours - August 3, 2021

    Scott Santens Talking UBI on Twitter Spaces for Two Hours - August 3, 2021

    On August 3, 2021, I hopped onto Twitter Spaces to talk in-depth about the concept of universal basic income (UBI). Here is the recording of that discussion I had with the hosts of the Space: Jenny Q. Ta, Aaron Bowley, and Dan Whitfield. Because they are part of the #DogeArmy, this discussion also included my thoughts on cryptocurrencies and also the Fed potentially implementing digital dollars.

    My thanks to them for recording the discussion and sending it to me so I can post it here for anyone to enjoy who missed it.

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

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    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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Sujabr ,

Thank you

Please listen everybody, especially our representatives in government

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Less is More

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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Great work

Never ever listened to these kind of podcast till I heard of Andrew Yang now I can’t find enough good ones to listen to. This is one of them👍🏼. Keep making them I’ll keep listening.

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