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Unconditional Basic Income and Democracy


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Slide presentation about UBI that I created to accompany my 40-minute keynote at DemCon 2018.

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Unconditional Basic Income and Democracy

  1. 1. { Democracy and Unconditional Basic Income Scott Santens - @scottsantens (please use hashtag #basicincome)
  2. 2. “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.” -Frank Herbert, Dune
  3. 3. The democratic demand for UBI
  4. 4. “Slavery is, receiving by irresistible power the work of another man, and not by his consent. The freedom, as I understand it, promised by the proclamation, is taking us from under the yoke of bondage, and placing us where we could reap the fruit of our own labor, take care of ourselves and assist the Government in maintaining our freedom.” - Garrison Frazier, former slave, 1865
  5. 5. “Modern methods of production have given us the possibility of ease and security for all; we have chosen, instead, to have overwork for some and starvation for others. Hitherto we have continued to be as energetic as we were before there were machines; in this we have been foolish, but there is no reason to go on being foolish forever.” - Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness
  6. 6. Unconditional cash provided to poorer families increases their children’s likelihood of voting as adults.
  7. 7. “It is a position not to be controverted that the earth, in its natural uncultivated state was, and ever would have continued to be, the common property of the human race. In that state every man would have been born to property… it is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property. Every proprietor, therefore, of cultivated land, owes to the community a groundrent… In advocating the case of the persons thus dispossessed, it is a right, and not a charity, that I am pleading for.” - Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice
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