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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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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-8a2680c73dd3For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faqYou can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support
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, and as someone who even became Special Assistant to the Commissioner of New York State's Department of Social Services. 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. This episode I devote the hour to reading the first chapter in the hope listeners will better understand why it's so important to replace welfare as we know it with UBI.Read Tyranny of Kindness by Theresa Funiciello: https://amzn.to/2Zfo75sFor more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faqYou can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support
Originally published in 2015, this article was written as an introduction to systems thinking, and how if we look at the United States as a system, we can reform it in systemic ways to function better, not just for some citizens, but for every citizen. I think fellow Andrew Yang supporters will appreciate how almost everything I proposed as a fix made it into Yang's campaign platform, from universal basic income and universal health care, to ranked-choice voting and measuring our success using things that matter to us instead of GDP.Read the article: https://medium.com/basic-income/how-we-can-transform-americas-broken-economic-system-to-work-for-everyone-ddba38fc328aFor more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faqYou can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support
In this podcast I make the case that there's no policy being proposed by any 2020 Presidential candidate that's as progressive as Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend. This is for all the progressives who think otherwise.Read the article: https://medium.com/basic-income/there-is-no-policy-proposal-more-progressive-than-andrew-yangs-freedom-dividend-72d3850a6245For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faqYou can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support
On January 19th, 2017, I recorded an interview with Sam Seder as his guest on his Ring of Fire podcast to talk about UBI. Until yesterday, I was under the impression the episode had never been posted, because I was never told about it, never saw it shared anywhere, and could never find it anywhere when I searched for it. Turns out, the interview was behind a paywall this whole time. Sam has now graciously made the full episode available without a paywall, and for those only interested in my 20-minute segment, here it is.Listen to the full Ring of Fire episode 369: https://fans.fm/p/289Read my post on Reddit about my interview with Sam and what I thought happened: https://www.reddit.com/r/YangForPresidentHQ/comments/cc1kd4/apparently_scott_santens_had_a_discussion_with/etjzs3u/For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faqYou can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support
Freedom, liberty, democracy… these words are used so often that we give them little real thought, rarely holding them up to the realities of what we see around us. What do these words really mean? Do they currently exist for us to celebrate as we appear to think they do? And if not, is there anything we can do about it? Let’s take a closer look.Read the article on Medium: https://medium.com/basic-income/its-time-we-take-a-closer-look-at-americas-three-favorite-words-f512f8a1ad6fFor more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faqYou can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support
In the Winter of 1795 and 1796, one of the the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, Thomas Paine, wrote an essay that to this day over two centuries later, remains perhaps the greatest justification of all justifications for unconditional basic income. His argument is founded on the principles of justice, where all human beings are owed their natural inheritance, and the injustice of a civilization that makes some people worse off than what nature would otherwise provide is an injustice that must be rectified. In his words, UBI is a right, not a charity, that will give currency to the principles of revolutions.Read the essay: https://fermatslibrary.com/s/agrarian-justiceFor more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: http://scottsantens.com/basic-income-faqYou can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: https://patreon.com/scottsantens --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support
In April 2019, a report titled “Universal Basic Income: A Union Perspective” was paid for and published by Public Services International (PSI), a global trade union representing 20 million workers employed around the world providing public services. This report was authored by Anna Coote and Edanur Yazici of the New Economics Foundation (NEF), a British left-leaning think-tank. They concluded that providing services to all is better than providing income to all. In this episode, I explain how this report, and how it was rolled out, is a prime example of a disinformation campaign designed to manipulate public opinion against the idea of universal basic income, and in doing so, I hope to increase the critical-thinking skills of readers to better spot this kind of shameless propaganda in the future about anything, not just  UBI.Read the essay: https://medium.com/basic-income/universal-basic-income-doesnt-work-says-new-prime-example-of-fake-news-60ea1983b6c4For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faqYou can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support
In 1932, Bertrand Russell wrote one of my all-time favorite essays. In Praise of Idleness focuses on humanity's infatuation with work, and how if we divided the work more evenly instead of relegating some to poverty and others to overwork, we could all work four hours a day without anyone being unemployed, and with more leisure for all. And this was about 100 years ago, so how many hours would make the most sense to Bertrand now? If you've never read this essay before, you're in for a treat. Read the essay: http://www.zpub.com/notes/idle.htmlFor more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faqYou can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support
Back in 2016, I pitched an article to TechCrunch about explaining the progressive case for replacing welfare programs with unconditional basic income. This is the article I wrote which continues to be widely shared by readers as one of their favorites of mine, especially now that Andrew Yang is running for president on a UBI design that offers people the choice of basic income or welfare.TechCrunch link: https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/09/the-progressive-case-for-replacing-the-welfare-state-with-basic-income/Medium link: https://medium.com/basic-income/the-progressive-case-for-replacing-the-welfare-state-with-basic-income-e8bd02c5875eFor more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faqYou can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support
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