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Did you know low-skill job growth has been increasing decade after decade while high-skill job growth has been decreasing? Now you do.
Everything You Think You Know About The History and Future of Jobs Is Likely Wrong
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Another frequently asked question about basic income marked off the list.
Should the Amount of Basic Income Vary With Cost of Living Differences? - The question of an unequal UBI
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Hello Scott, to your good article about the aspects of basic income implementation I have some questions.

You were talking about the state Vermont and the possibilities to grant a dividend to their people. - What are these "common assets" which Vermont do own?

Also you mentioned, that we could use another spring for dividends, called “land value tax”. - Do you have any further information about this? Where are those taxes in use or in which paper is this a little bit more explained, theoretical.

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My latest article on Medium written to argue that continually giving more and more money to the rich is a bad idea, even for them.
The myth of inequality-driven economic growth and how to achieve real prosperity for all
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My latest piece on Huffington Post about the weird stuff going on in our economy in the absence of basic income to propel it forward.
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It'd be great if at least one billionaire happened to read this.
If You Want to Pass Stuff Like TPP... We're Going to Need Basic Income
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Our job market is a game of musical chairs over something very hot. We should build a floor above it with basic income.
A Game of Musical Chairs Over Hot Coals - An analogy about employment and basic income
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My latest HuffPo piece. A response to The Economist.
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This blog includes an embedded "podcast" and is my view on the ongoing minimum wage debate.
Minimum Wages vs. Universal Basic Income - One of these is a tool of the future, the other is a tool of the past
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I reacted to your unfounded tweet not your article. You know that very well

Bye bye. I got better things to do than waste my time with your inability of admitting you made an unfounded statement
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My interview with Lee Camp for Redacted Tonight about basic income.
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+Thomas Oberhäuser Thanks Thomas. I agree there are other ways we can go about improving the way things work, but I feel it's best to start with what we've got and what we all already use, which is money, and it really is the most efficient tool we've got for allocating.

Let's take your store example. People can walk in and get free food. Well, how much free food? Can they take anything they want of any amount? Are their needs 2,000 calories a day and someone else's 1,500 or 3,000? How do we best measure such things? How do we prevent the abuse of someone walking into a store, clearing it out, and selling the food to others or entirely wasting it?

These are the kinds of problems we've already solved with cash in limited amounts. If someone gets $1,000, they can go into any store at all, and buy as much food as they want up to that amount. They can't go over that amount. They can also spend hardly anything at all on food, in the form of rice and beans, and instead choose to use the bulk of that $1,000 elsewhere in the form of housing, or on starting capital for a business? Cash opens up a huge array of options that just doesn't exist when we instead provide in-kind benefits.

As for positive money, yes, I agree it would be great to get away from debt-based money.
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My feature piece on Eros Media about exploitation and basic income.
Freedom for all… this is an idea so far only spoken about in rhetoric and hypotheticals. There will never be true freedom from exploitation and all forms of slavery until freedom is actually granted unconditionally to all, with unconditional basic income.
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Any fellow South Park fans out there? Let's question money itself when was ask about the affordability of basic income.
Do We Have Enough Space Bucks? - The question of money itself in the discussion for basic income
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    Engineering Physics, 1995 - 1997
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