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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

The Scott Santens UBI Enterprise Scott Santens

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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

    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



    You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens



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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



    You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens



    You can also sign up for my News Flash via scottsantens.news to get an alert by email each time I publish a new podcast episode.


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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



    You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens



    You can also sign up for my News Flash via scottsantens.news to get an alert by email each time I publish a new podcast episode.


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    • 20 min
    The Future of the United States Depends on the Immediate Adoption of Universal Basic Income

    The Future of the United States Depends on the Immediate Adoption of Universal Basic Income

    This episode is a reading of my article published on April 8, 2020 that goes into what a terrible idea it is to dump everyone onto the unemployment rolls in response to the coronavirus crisis, how automation means many of those jobs are now permanently gone, and just how many lives are likely to be lost as a result. I consider what Congress is doing as political malpractice. The amount of suffering already happening and that will happen in the weeks, months, and years ahead, is entirely avoidable, but it requires Universal Basic Income. Listen to this episode, and you will understand why.



    Read this article on Vocal: https://vocal.media/theSwamp/the-future-of-the-united-states-depends-on-the-immediate-adoption-of-ubi



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



    You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens



    You can also sign up for my News Flash via scottsantens.news to get an alert by email each time I publish a new podcast episode.


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    • 22 min
    Tyranny of Kindness: Part 2

    Tyranny of Kindness: Part 2

    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 Chapter 5 of Tyranny of Kindness which explains the title. It examines the rise of the non-profit sector which operates under the guise of alleviating poverty that truthfully exists as a means of reducing taxes, increasing profits, and funding paychecks through the industrialization of poverty. The concept of TSAR is introduced which is "Table Scraps As a Right", where the creation of a "discard market" enables people to feel good about feeding what would otherwise be garbage to the homeless. I think this entire chapter is extremely important to hear to gain a big picture understanding of just how many people benefit from the perpetuation of poverty, and how no one ever listens to those actually in poverty, who if given the choice, would choose money to spend for themselves.



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



    Listen to Part 3: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/episodes/Tyranny-of-Kindess-Part-3-efu89h



    Read 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



    You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens



    You can also sign up for my News Flash via scottsantens.news to get an alert by email each time I publish a new podcast episode.


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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income?

    Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income?

    In 2014, I self-published my first article on Medium that to this day I think remains a solid introduction to UBI. Up until this article, I'd been reading a lot about UBI and engaging in a lot of discussion on Reddit about UBI, but this was my first attempt at "giving back" to the discussion with my own thoughts. It did quite well, getting over 100,000 views and because of its success, I was inspired to keep writing new articles, following it up next with my article about UBI and inflation which was even more widely read and shared. In this first article though you can see a lot of Andrew Yang's UBI: $1,000 per month basic income, 10% VAT, financial transaction taxes, carbon taxes, but most historically, it was this article where I first coined that basic income is not left or right, it's forward. It's because of that I think this particular article may just make it into the history books, seeing that it has gone on to become a central message of Andrew Yang's presidential campaign that is strongly resonating with a growing number of people.

    Read my article on Medium: https://medium.com/working-life/why-should-we-support-the-idea-of-an-unconditional-basic-income-8a2680c73dd3

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

    You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens


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Sujabr ,

Thank you

Please listen everybody, especially our representatives in government

xcsresources ,

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..

Angel7297 ,

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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