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Author, public speaker, and Unconditional Basic Income advocate. Explorer of all things UBI.

Author, public speaker, and Unconditional Basic Income advocate. Explorer of all things UBI.
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Author, public speaker, and Unconditional Basic Income advocate. Explorer of all things UBI.

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My Q&A Interview with Forbes About Universal Basic Income

4/20/2019
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Back in September of 2016, I did an interview for Forbes about a fully universal unconditional basic income and to this day I think it remains one of my better summaries of UBI for those new to the idea, and even those familiar with the idea. It succinctly covers most of the main points and I think can be a useful way of introducing people to UBI, so I've recorded the interview as a podcast and hopefully more people will find it by listening to it. Read the full interview in Forbes:...

Duration:00:17:39

UBI Nordic 2019 Panel on the Future of Work

4/12/2019
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On April 6th, 2019 I was part of a panel in Oslo, Norway about the Future of Work alongside fellow panelists Guy Standing, Becca Kirkpatrick, and James Bloodworth. The panel was chaired by Basic Income UK's Barb Jacobsen and was part of UBI Nordic 2019. Panel description: The nature of work continues to change drastically. Experts predict that automation and AI will lead to massive job losses, and the growth of the “gig” economy is creating unstable jobs, with increased demands on...

Duration:01:26:32

Think Like a Martian About Money and UBI

3/27/2019
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This was the opening keynote speech I gave at the Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics in Northern Ireland on March 26, 2019. From the perspective of beings not from this world, what is money? Why do some humans have so much of it while most have so little? And what message would it convey if human civilization trusted every human being with a minimum amount of access to resources by way of UBI? Full test of the speech:...

Duration:00:23:19

Would Universal Basic Income (UBI) Just Cause Massive Inflation?

3/22/2019
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By far, one of the the most common concerns, if not the most common concern, in regards to the idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI) is that all prices will inevitably go up as a result, immediately reducing the value of each dollar, and essentially creating a new zero. Let’s call it the “New Zero Argument” against UBI. This episode dives deep into that argument and reveals just how baseless such an argument actually is, given all the variables in the inflation equation, and all the evidence...

Duration:00:36:16

My Reddit AMA in the /r/YangForPresidentHQ Subreddit

3/13/2019
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On March 1st, 2019 I did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) in the /r/YangForPresidentHQ subreddit the day after Andrew Yang did his AMA in the /r/politics subreddit. For about three to four hours I answered questions from people new to the idea of UBI as well as those who've known about it for years. In this episode I read those questions and my answers to them. Link to my AMA: https://www.reddit.com/r/YangForPresidentHQ/comments/aw8ld7/hi_im_scott_santens_basic_income_advocate_and_mod/ Link to...

Duration:00:48:55

My Unconditional Basic Income Testimony for Maryland's House Ways and Means Committee

3/6/2019
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In mid-February I was contacted by the legislative aide for Delegate Gabriel Acevero of Maryland who has introduced a bill to create a social wealth fund intended to eventually pay out a cash dividend to every resident of Maryland. As a prominent advocate for UBI, I was asked to provide a couple pages of written testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee about why such a bill is so important. The following is my prepared testimony as submitted for the hearing on March 1, 2019. The...

Duration:00:12:52

This Idea Can Literally Change the World: Partial Basic Income through Universal Carbon Dividends

2/21/2019
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A Bipartisan Free Market Solution to Climate Change Through Atmospheric Justice In the past year since I originally wrote this article, over 3,300 economists have now signed onto a statement in support of carbon dividends, recommending that the most cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed necessary to act sufficiently on climate change is to implement an annually rising carbon tax where the revenue is returned directly to U.S. citizens through equal lump-sum...

Duration:00:20:10

If You Think Basic Income is “Free Money” or Socialism, Think Again

2/19/2019
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A common first reaction to hearing about a fully unconditional and universal basic income is that it's socialism or that it's free money and nothing is free. Both reflexes are wrong, and this episode gets into why. Text: https://medium.com/basic-income/if-you-think-basic-income-is-free-money-or-socialism-think-again-4a17e8d15b1 For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support these podcasts through Anchor or...

Duration:00:19:34

What is There to Learn From Finland's Basic Income Experiment? Did It Succeed or Fail?

2/14/2019
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After two years of experimentation within a two-year experimental design, Finland released on February 8, 2019, preliminary results of their basic income experiment. For anyone who reads the full report, it can be considered nothing short of both promising and fascinating, but what it can’t be called is complete, because the results are still preliminary and based on only the first half of the experiment. With that said, as is also true of the experiments in the U.S. and Canada in the 1970s,...

Duration:00:24:35

From Rats in Cages to Primates in Paradise — The Scientific Story of Stress in Society

2/7/2019
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Is the technological automation of human labor the greatest justification for unconditional basic income? In this episode, I dive deep into how our problems are very much in the present by going beyond technology and economics, and into human biology itself. I cover what we as humans have learned from animals in the lab and in the wild, and then apply it to the UBI discussion. Text: https://medium.com/basic-income/human-park-a-mammals-guide-to-stress-free-living-17f6cab007b3 For more...

Duration:00:39:31

Basic Income is now a dominant discussion in India's 2019 general election

1/31/2019
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Basic income is now a dominant discussion in India's 2019 general election. Here I explain the difference between what's being discussed and how actual UBI works. I also get into some of the details that are commonly misunderstood. Text: http://www.scottsantens.com/basic-income-is-now-a-dominant-discussion-in-india-2019-ubi For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support my work through Anchor or...

Duration:00:09:43

Trickle-Down Economics Must Die, Long Live Grow-Up Economics

1/30/2019
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This is an audio version of my article which you can read on Medium: medium.com/basic-income/trickle-down-economics-must-die-long-live-grow-up-economics-5b8334a0db76 For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support my work through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support

Duration:00:26:15

UK Talk Radio Appearance, January 12, 2019

1/22/2019
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Here's my January 12th, 2019 appearance on talkRADIO's The Saturday Show with Alexis Conran to talk with him about basic income and why it should replace Universal Credit in the UK. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support

Duration:00:11:19

Doug Ford Cancelled Ontario's Basic Income Pilot Experiment Because It Was Working

1/19/2019
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This is an audio version of my article which you can read on Medium: https://medium.com/basic-income/doug-ford-cancelled-ontarios-basic-income-pilot-experiment-because-it-was-working-75dd504d5fe6 For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support my work through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support

Duration:00:20:48

Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines

12/22/2018
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This is an audio version of my article which you can read on Medium: https://medium.com/basic-income/deep-learning-is-going-to-teach-us-all-the-lesson-of-our-lives-jobs-are-for-machines-7c6442e37a49 For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support my work on Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support

Duration:00:21:33

The Real Story of Automation

12/14/2018
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Robots are hiding in plain sight. It’s time we stop ignoring them. This is an audio version of my article which you can read on Medium: https://medium.com/basic-income/the-real-story-of-automation-beginning-with-one-simple-chart-8b95f9bad71b For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support my work on Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support

Duration:00:20:01

What People Get Most Wrong About Unconditional Basic Income

12/8/2018
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Prospect Magazine approached me to write an article for them about what people get most wrong about unconditional basic income. It was published on December 3, 2018. This is my narration of the pre-edited version of that article which I've posted to my blog: http://www.scottsantens.com/what-people-get-most-wrong-about-unconditional-basic-income For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: www.scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support my work on Patreon:...

Duration:00:06:34

The Monsters, Inc. Argument for Unconditional Basic Income

11/24/2018
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How to convert an economy based on fear to one based on joy. We discovered something monstrous that works, and we use it to drive our economy. We've done it for so long, we don't even question it, and we never even tested a far more powerful alternative - UBI. This is an audio version of my article which you can read on Medium: https://medium.com/basic-income/the-monsters-inc-argument-for-unconditional-basic-income-3b22b63eed3e For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ:...

Duration:00:11:55

What We Need to Truly Thrive: Democracy and Unconditional Basic Income

11/15/2018
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This is the recorded audio of a keynote speech I wrote for my appearance on stage in Ireland at DemCon 2018. It's an argument for unconditional basic income as being a missing fundamental foundation for democracy, and how we need both working together if we're going to survive as a civilization. The text of this speech is available here: https://medium.com/basic-income/what-we-need-to-truly-thrive-democracy-and-unconditional-basic-income-ccdbe72cefa5 The slide deck I created for this...

Duration:00:33:41

It’s Time for Technology to Serve all Humankind with Unconditional Basic Income

11/15/2018
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This is a keynote speech I wrote for my appearance on stage in Sweden at Oredev 2017 that I've since recorded in audiobook form. It's effectively an in-depth introductory summary to technological unemployment and the idea of unconditional basic income. Text available here: https://medium.com/basic-income/its-time-for-technology-to-serve-all-humankind-with-unconditional-basic-income-e46329764d28 Slide deck available here:...

Duration:00:58:49