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Here's my latest article for my blog. It's about an unconditional cash transfer pilot project that took place in Liberia, which I've yet to see mentioned anywhere in discussions about basic income evidence.
Guess What Happened When Liberia Tested a Pilot Program of Cash Transfers to the Extreme Poor in Bomi - Further evidence of the potential of basic income
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Some believe a basic income of $12,000 would be too low. I beg to differ.
Is It Actually Possible to Live on a Basic Income of $12,000 Per Year? - (in the United States)
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My latest article for Medium. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Poverty is a disease. Let's eradicate it and reap the savings for centuries to come.
Can the savings of basic income exceed the costs?
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Having just paid off the last of my student loan debt, I recently got to thinking, "How exactly might universal basic income affect college students and graduates?"
The Potential Effects of a Universal Basic Income Guarantee on Student Loans - UBI as Universal Room and Board
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An introduction to systems thinking. which IMO is important to understanding the vast potential of basic income.
What We Can Learn About Systems from W. Edwards Deming - 4 Key Lessons from The New Economics
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Don't be like Luke and say, "That's impossible."

Be like Han and say, "Never tell me the odds."
Basic Income is Impossible - And so were all of these other ideas
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Today I've republished my most popular blog post onto Medium. It goes into our one option society, the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, and why basic income is both the right thing and the smart thing to do.
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My response to the idea that technology isn't eliminating jobs, and even if it was, new jobs will always be created anyway.
Debunking the Debunking of "Humans Need Not Apply" and More - The fallacy of "the luddite fallacy"
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There was a big discussion on this in R/BasicIncome today, so I decided to blog about it. Basically, I feel child allowances are extremely important.
Why should adults with kids get more basic income? - The question of child allowances
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This question comes up a lot, and it assumes some stuff we might not want to be all that comfortable with as a society.
If we no longer force people to work to meet their basic needs, won't they stop working? - Acknowledging our one option society
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1...2...3... dibs!
Wouldn't a basic income just be stealing from those who earned their money? - Basic income as compensation for property rights
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It took me months to open it since a friend first suggested it to me. Take your time -- I'm sure it will be worth it whenever you feel like taking a look :)
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Happy holidays and Merry Christmas, everyone! Here's some science.
The Science Behind A Christmas Carol - How Charles Dickens knew what we're only learning now
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Collector of experiences. Writer of words. Master of Storms.
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I live in New Orleans
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  • Colorado School of Mines
    Engineering Physics, 1995 - 1997
  • University of Washington
    Psychology, 1999 - 2005
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