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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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My latest piece on Medium. This one's about self-driving trucks and how we need basic income by 2020-2030 because of them.
The imminent need for basic income in recognition of our machine-driven future
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Happy Basic Income Day! Here are some ideas for today.
A Basic Income Day Toolkit - Some ideas and strategies to further its reach and message
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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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My take on John Oliver's Mother's Day episode about US parental leave policy.
Basic Income as Paid Parental Leave - How new mothers actually use basic income when given it
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Collector of experiences. Writer of words. Master of Storms.
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  • Colorado School of Mines
    Engineering Physics, 1995 - 1997
  • University of Washington
    Psychology, 1999 - 2005
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