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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:

44 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

Vision and Foundations for a Better Society

January 6th, 2022


From 2019 to 2021, I took part in a convening on automation, opportunity, and belonging to visualize the future and how to get to a better future among the infinitely possible versions of it. Together we crafted over …

Let There Be Money: Why We Need Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and Why It Needs Universal Basic Income (UBI)

September 10th, 2021


This episode is a reading of my long essay (and now also a book titled Let There Be Money) which is an in-depth exploration of Modern Monetary Theory …

Scott Santens Talking UBI on Twitter Spaces for Two Hours - August 3, 2021

August 16th, 2021


On August 3, 2021, I hopped onto Twitter Spaces to talk in-depth about the concept of universal basic income (UBI). Here is the recording of that discussion I had with the hosts of the Space: Jenny Q. Ta, Aaron Bowley, …

An Engineering Argument for Universal Basic Income (UBI)

February 10th, 2021


This one is a straight up, matter of fact, reality-driven argument for UBI. There will always be failure, and so we should plan for that failure, so …

The Quentin Tarantino Argument for Universal Basic Income (UBI)

December 16th, 2020


I've mentioned this argument in a few podcasts over the years, but I finally got around to writing it up as a new part of my UBI FAQ. This argument is another response to the common claim that people provided UBI will …

My Response to Steve Forbes' Opposition to UBI

August 25th, 2020


Steve Forbes recently came out against UBI in a 3-minute video that was filled to the brim with the standard objections to UBI, including the notion …

UBI as the Social Vaccine of the 21st Century

July 16th, 2020


I originally published this article in 2015, and to this day it remains an article I frequently link to in order to help people understand how …

Tyranny of Kindess: Part 3

June 25th, 2020


The horror show that is our conditional welfare system remains unknown to most everyone. In 1993, Theresa Funiciello wrote a Pulitzer-nominated book …

True Freedom Comes With UBI

May 20th, 2020


This episode is a reading of my article published on November 11, 2016 about the importance of UBI to attaining freedom for all. Freedom for all

The Future of the United States Depends on the Immediate Adoption of Universal Basic Income

April 10th, 2020


This episode is a reading of my article published on April 8, 2020 that goes into what a terrible idea it is to dump everyone onto the unemployment …

Tyranny of Kindness: Part 2

December 21st, 2019


The horror show that is our conditional welfare system remains unknown to most everyone. In 1993, Theresa Funiciello wrote a Pulitzer-nominated book …

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

September 26th, 2019


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 …

Tyranny of Kindness: Chapter 1

August 24th, 2019


The horror show that is our conditional welfare system remains unknown to most everyone. In 1993, Theresa Funiciello wrote a Pulitzer-nominated book …

How We Can Transform America’s Broken Economic System to Work for Everyone

August 7th, 2019


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 …

There is No Policy Proposal More Progressive than Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend

July 23rd, 2019


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 …

Sam Seder and Scott Santens: The Lost UBI Interview

July 17th, 2019


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 …

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

July 4th, 2019


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 …

Agrarian Justice by Thomas Paine

June 26th, 2019


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 …

‘Universal Basic Income Doesn’t Work’ Says New Prime Example of Fake News

June 3rd, 2019


In April 2019, a report titled “Universal Basic Income: A Union Perspective” was paid for and published by Public Services International (PSI), a …

In Praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell

May 28th, 2019


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 …

The Progressive Case for Replacing the Welfare State with Universal Basic Income

May 17th, 2019


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 …

What if you had a monthly basic income floor of $1,000? I decided to find out.

May 10th, 2019


Back in 2016, I was asked by 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 …

Full Unemployment

April 24th, 2019


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 …

My Q&A Interview with Forbes About Universal Basic Income

April 20th, 2019


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 …

UBI Nordic 2019 Panel on the Future of Work

April 12th, 2019


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 …

Think Like a Martian About Money and UBI

March 27th, 2019


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 …

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

March 22nd, 2019


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 …

My Reddit AMA in the /r/YangForPresidentHQ Subreddit

March 13th, 2019


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

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

February 20th, 2019


A Bipartisan Free Market Solution to Climate Change Through Atmospheric Justice

In the past year since I originally wrote this article, over 3,300 …

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

February 19th, 2019


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 …

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

February 14th, 2019


After two years of experimentation within a two-year experimental design, Finland released on February 8, 2019, preliminary results of their basic …

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

February 6th, 2019


Is the technological automation of human labor the greatest justification for unconditional basic income? In this episode, I dive deep into how our …

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

January 31st, 2019


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 …

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

January 29th, 2019


This is an audio version of my article which you can read on Medium:

For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ:

UK Talk Radio Appearance, January 12, 2019

January 22nd, 2019


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 …

The Real Story of Automation

December 14th, 2018


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:

What People Get Most Wrong About Unconditional Basic Income

December 8th, 2018


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 …

The Monsters, Inc. Argument for Unconditional Basic Income

November 24th, 2018


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 …

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

November 14th, 2018


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 …

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

November 14th, 2018


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 …

The Zombification of Intellectual Property and the Tool That Could Finally Reform It

November 14th, 2018


How IP-Funded Basic Income Could Enrich the Public Domain.

It's time we reduce the perceived need for intellectual property by guaranteeing everyone …

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