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Scott Santens, “Our Paradoxical Economy Courtesy of Technology and the Lack of Basic Income”

Santens dives into the modern discussion on productivity and automation, showing that while automation has increasingly replaced human labor, those in work are on such low wages that they need to work well over 40 hours per week as a matter of survival. While many argue that technology replaces jobs but also creates new ones, Santens claims that this is not a one to one relationship and that the newly created jobs are rarely as stable as the ones being replaced. In sum, Santens believes that a basic income is the best way to fix this paradox of automation and productivity.

Scott Santens, “Our Paradoxical Economy Courtesy of Technology and the Lack of Basic Income”, Huffington Post, 9 July 2015.

About Josh Martin

Josh Martin has written 270 articles.

Josh Martin is a recent graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science where he received an MSc in Social Policy and Planning and wrote his dissertation on the universal basic income as a possible solution to the problems facing Universal Credit in the UK. Prior to LSE, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and is originally from Decorah, Iowa.

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