The Scott Santens UBI Enterprise

The Scott Santens UBI Enterprise

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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


Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income?
Sep 26 • 19 min
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…
Tyranny of Kindness: Chapter 1
Aug 24 • 65 min
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…
How We Can Transform America’s Broken Economic System to Work for Everyone
Aug 7 • 50 min
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…
There is No Policy Proposal More Progressive than Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend
Jul 22 • 28 min
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:…
Sam Seder and Scott Santens: The Lost UBI Interview
Jul 17 • 23 min
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…
It’s Time We Take a Closer Look at America’s Three Favorite Words: Freedom, Liberty, and Democracy
Jul 4 • 31 min
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…
Agrarian Justice by Thomas Paine
Jun 26 • 39 min
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…
‘Universal Basic Income Doesn’t Work’ Says New Prime Example of Fake News
Jun 3 • 38 min
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…
In Praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell
May 27 • 35 min
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…
The Progressive Case for Replacing the Welfare State with Universal Basic Income
May 17 • 20 min
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…
What if you had a monthly basic income floor of $1,000? I decided to find out.
May 10 • 17 min
Back in 2016, I was asked by Vox.com if I’d like to write an article for them about what it’s like having a basic income. What have I learned about UBI through having it? Do I look differently at UBI thanks to my own personal experience? This is the…
Full Unemployment
Apr 24 • 49 min
In this episode I read one of my all-time favorite essays about universal basic income and how our goal as a society should be full unemployment, not full employment. This essay was written by John Bentley back in 2005, and was one of the earlier things I…
My Q&A Interview with Forbes About Universal Basic Income
Apr 20 • 17 min
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…
UBI Nordic 2019 Panel on the Future of Work
Apr 12 • 86 min
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.…
Think Like a Martian About Money and UBI
Mar 27 • 23 min
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…
Would Universal Basic Income (UBI) Just Cause Massive Inflation?
Mar 22 • 36 min
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…
My Reddit AMA in the /r/YangForPresidentHQ Subreddit
Mar 13 • 48 min
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…
My Unconditional Basic Income Testimony for Maryland’s House Ways and Means Committee
Mar 6 • 12 min
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…
This Idea Can Literally Change the World: Partial Basic Income through Universal Carbon Dividends
Feb 20 • 20 min
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…
If You Think Basic Income is “Free Money” or Socialism, Think Again
Feb 19 • 19 min
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:…
What is There to Learn From Finland’s Basic Income Experiment? Did It Succeed or Fail?
Feb 14 • 24 min
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…
From Rats in Cages to Primates in Paradise — The Scientific Story of Stress in Society
Feb 6 • 40 min
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…
Basic Income is now a dominant discussion in India’s 2019 general election
Jan 31 • 10 min
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:…
Trickle-Down Economics Must Die, Long Live Grow-Up Economics
Jan 29 • 26 min
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…
UK Talk Radio Appearance, January 12, 2019
Jan 22 • 12 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scottsantens/support
Doug Ford Cancelled Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Experiment Because It Was Working
Jan 18 • 21 min
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:…
Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines
Dec 22, 2018 • 22 min
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:…
The Real Story of Automation
Dec 14, 2018 • 20 min
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…
What People Get Most Wrong About Unconditional Basic Income
Dec 8, 2018 • 7 min
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…
The Monsters, Inc. Argument for Unconditional Basic Income
Nov 24, 2018 • 12 min
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 -…
What We Need to Truly Thrive: Democracy and Unconditional Basic Income
Nov 14, 2018 • 34 min
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…
It’s Time for Technology to Serve all Humankind with Unconditional Basic Income
Nov 14, 2018 • 59 min
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.…
The Zombification of Intellectual Property and the Tool That Could Finally Reform It
Nov 14, 2018 • 23 min
How IP-Funded Basic Income Could Enrich the Public Domain. It’s time we reduce the perceived need for intellectual property by guaranteeing everyone an unconditional basic income, and funding it as an IP dividend using royalty fees from patents and…