Author Archives: Scott Santens

Scott Santens’ basic income log: the importance of security

If you’re new to my writing, you may not yet know that I have a crowdfunded basic income through Patreon. Beginning my campaign for $1,000 per month in late 2014, I reached that goal at the end of 2015, and so this year, at the beginning of every month, I will start the month with $1,000 per month, guaranteed, through

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OPINION: Notes of Discussions in the North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress of 2015

(This article originally appeared on Medium) Between the 26th of February and the 1st of March, 2015, and only with the help of my supporters on Patreon, I attended the 2015 North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress in New York City (hashtag #NABIG15). There I witnessed all 42 speakers across all 15 sessions, including both public meetings before and after

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Scott Santens, "It’s Time We Take a Closer Look at America’s Three Favorite Words: Freedom, Liberty, and Democracy"

In this article, Scott Santens evaluates the American ideals of freedom, liberty, and democracy and the degrees to which they each exist in America today, concluding that a basic income guarantee would best enable these ideals to flourish in actual practice. Scott Santens, “It’s Time We Take a Closer Look at America’s Three Favorite Words: Freedom, Liberty, and Democracy“, Medium,

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INTERVIEW: Congressional Candidate Ian Schlakman on His Call for a Basic Income Guarantee or “Social Security for All”

As reported here earlier this month, Green Party candidate for Congress Ian Schlakman of Maryland’s Second Congressional District has made the Basic Income Guarantee a major issue in his campaign. Basic Income News asked him for an interview and he took the time from his campaign to answer our questions. I first learned about a negative income tax when I

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INTERNATIONAL: Article in Support of Unconditional Basic Income Makes Medium’s Top 100

Scott Santens’ article, “Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income?” published on Medium in June achieved the distinction in July of making the Medium Top 100 – a collection of the most-read of all stories each month. Medium is a social journalism platform created by co-founders of Twitter, Evan Williams and Biz Stone. Its monthly list

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Scott Santens, “解決本世紀經濟問題的根本方法:每人每月發三萬台幣?[Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income?]”

Scott Santens’ article, “Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income?” originally published on Medium has now been translated into Chinese and posted onto BuzzOrange – a news and media aggregation site akin to a Taiwanese BuzzFeed or The Huffington Post – by site contributor, “Ann”. The Chinese language version can be read here. Scott Santens, “解決本世紀經濟問題的根本方法:每人每月發三萬台幣?[Why

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

Scott Santens’ article, “Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income?” originally published on Medium has now been made available in audio form through the newsreader app Umano, where popular articles are submitted to be read aloud by professional narrators. The article has been narrated by Larry Rice, of Seattle’s KOMO News. Scott Santens, “Why Should We

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Scott Santens, "Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income? – An answer to a growing question of the 21st century"

SUMMARY: This article argues, “Capitalism can be improved, and basic income is how it can be accomplished.” Scott Santens, “Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income? – An answer to a growing question of the 21st century”, Medium, 2nd June 2014

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OPINION: Facebook’s Purchase of Oculus is the New Best Example of 21st Century Inequality and the Need for Unconditional Basic Income

The purchase of Oculus by Facebook for $2 billion is the new best example of the growing inequality inherent in 21st century capitalism – what Paul Mason describes as the The Fourth Wave. A few people just got really rich, while the thousands of people who helped build the company from nothing, through $2.5 million of crowdsourced capital and a thriving open-source developer community didn’t.

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