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By Scott Santens
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.
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UBI Nordic 2019 Panel on the Future of Work
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. Panel description: The nature of work continues to change drastically. Experts predict that automation and AI will lead to massive job losses, and the growth of the “gig” economy is creating unstable jobs, with increased demands on flexibility and efficiency. Temporary positions create income  insecurity for workers, and there will be a need to update skills and knowledge continuously. In such a situation, basic income may become a  critical element of future work life. Video of the panel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs-HTLSNIaE More about the event: https://ubi-nordic.org/ For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens
1:26:32
April 12, 2019
Think Like a Martian About Money and UBI
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 so little? And what message would it convey if human civilization trusted every human being with a minimum amount of access to resources by way of UBI? Full test of the speech: https://medium.com/basic-income/think-like-a-martian-about-money-and-universal-basic-income-ubi-d543922f06d3 More about the event: https://imaginebelfast.com/events/basic-income-in-northern-ireland-what-cant-it-do/ For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens
23:19
March 27, 2019
Would Universal Basic Income (UBI) Just Cause Massive Inflation?
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 creating a new zero. Let’s call it the “New Zero Argument” against UBI. This episode dives deep into that argument and reveals just how baseless such an argument actually is, given all the variables in the inflation equation, and all the evidence we have to plug into it. Read the article: https://medium.com/basic-income/wouldnt-unconditional-basic-income-just-cause-massive-inflation-fe71d69f15e7 For more info about UBI, please refer to my UBI FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens
36:16
March 22, 2019
My Reddit AMA in the /r/YangForPresidentHQ Subreddit
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 those who've known about it for years. In this episode I read those questions and my answers to them. Link to my AMA: https://www.reddit.com/r/YangForPresidentHQ/comments/aw8ld7/hi_im_scott_santens_basic_income_advocate_and_mod/ Link to Andrew Yang's AMA: https://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/avuqn8/i_am_andrew_yang_us_2020_democratic_presidential/ For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens
48:55
March 13, 2019
My Unconditional Basic Income Testimony for Maryland's House Ways and Means Committee
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 for UBI, I was asked to provide a couple pages of written testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee about why such a bill is so important. The following is my prepared testimony as submitted for the hearing on March 1, 2019. The full text is available on my blog: scottsantens.com/my-unconditional-basic-income-ubi-testimony-for-maryland For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq  You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens
12:52
March 6, 2019
This Idea Can Literally Change the World: Partial Basic Income through Universal Carbon Dividends
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 cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed necessary to act sufficiently on climate change is to implement an annually rising carbon tax where the revenue is returned directly to U.S. citizens through equal lump-sum rebates. This policy recommendation is thus officially now the largest public declaration in the history of economics. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividends Act also now exists in both the U.S. House and Senate, and Canada has in 2019 become the first country in the world to implement carbon dividends nationwide.   Text: https://medium.com/basic-income/this-idea-can-literally-change-our-world-107cbc94057a   For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq   You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens 
20:10
February 20, 2019
If You Think Basic Income is “Free Money” or Socialism, Think Again
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: https://medium.com/basic-income/if-you-think-basic-income-is-free-money-or-socialism-think-again-4a17e8d15b1 For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support these podcasts through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens
19:34
February 19, 2019
What is There to Learn From Finland's Basic Income Experiment? Did It Succeed or Fail?
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 promising and fascinating, but what it can’t be called is complete, because the results are still preliminary and based on only the first half of the experiment. With that said, as is also true of the experiments in the U.S. and Canada in the 1970s, there are certainly some conclusions that can and can’t be drawn within the proper context of the experiment’s design. But to reach these conclusions, we’ll first need to go over some of the nitty-gritty details of how the experiment was designed, and what it didn’t even try to measure... Text: https://medium.com/basic-income/what-is-there-to-learn-from-finlands-basic-income-experiment-did-it-succeed-or-fail-54b8e5051f60 For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support my work through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens
24:35
February 14, 2019
From Rats in Cages to Primates in Paradise — The Scientific Story of Stress in Society
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 itself. I cover what we as humans have learned from animals in the lab and in the wild, and then apply it to the UBI discussion. Text: https://medium.com/basic-income/human-park-a-mammals-guide-to-stress-free-living-17f6cab007b3 For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support my work through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens
40:13
February 6, 2019
Basic Income is now a dominant discussion in India's 2019 general election
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: http://www.scottsantens.com/basic-income-is-now-a-dominant-discussion-in-india-2019-ubi For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support my work through Anchor or Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens
10:25
January 31, 2019
Trickle-Down Economics Must Die, Long Live Grow-Up Economics
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 can support my work through Anchor or Patreon:   patreon.com/scottsantens
26:57
January 29, 2019
UK Talk Radio Appearance, January 12, 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 replace Universal Credit in the UK.
12:01
January 22, 2019
Doug Ford Cancelled Ontario's Basic Income Pilot Experiment Because It Was Working
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:   scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq   You can support my work through Anchor or Patreon:   patreon.com/scottsantens
21:30
January 18, 2019
Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines
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:   scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq   You can support my work on Patreon:   patreon.com/scottsantens  
22:16
December 22, 2018
The Real Story of Automation
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 about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support my work on Patreon: patreon.com/scottsantens
20:43
December 14, 2018
What People Get Most Wrong About Unconditional Basic Income
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 blog: http://www.scottsantens.com/what-people-get-most-wrong-about-unconditional-basic-income For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: www.scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq You can support my work on Patreon: www.patreon.com/scottsantens
07:17
December 8, 2018
The Monsters, Inc. Argument for Unconditional Basic Income
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 - UBI. This is an audio version of my article which you can read on Medium: https://medium.com/basic-income/the-monsters-inc-argument-for-unconditional-basic-income-3b22b63eed3e For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: www.scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq Support my work on Patreon: www.patreon.com/scottsantens
12:37
November 24, 2018
What We Need to Truly Thrive: Democracy and Unconditional Basic Income
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 we're going to survive as a civilization. The text of this speech is available here: https://medium.com/basic-income/what-we-need-to-truly-thrive-democracy-and-unconditional-basic-income-ccdbe72cefa5 The slide deck I created for this presentation is available here: https://www.slideshare.net/ScottSantens/unconditional-basic-income-and-democracy For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: www.scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq Support my work on Patreon: www.patreon.com/scottsantens
34:23
November 14, 2018
It’s Time for Technology to Serve all Humankind with Unconditional Basic Income
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. Text available here: https://medium.com/basic-income/its-time-for-technology-to-serve-all-humankind-with-unconditional-basic-income-e46329764d28 Slide deck available here: https://www.slideshare.net/ScottSantens/cutting-the-gordian-knot-of-technological-unemployment For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: www.scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq Support my work on Patreon: www.patreon.com/scottsantens
59:31
November 14, 2018
The Zombification of Intellectual Property and the Tool That Could Finally Reform It
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 copyrights. This is an audio version of my essay which you can read on Medium: https://medium.com/basic-income/the-zombification-of-intellectual-property-and-the-tool-that-could-finally-reform-it-2ec037309837 For more info about UBI, please refer to my FAQ: http://www.scottsantens.com/basic-income-faq Support my work on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scottsantens
23:42
November 14, 2018
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