The concept of Universal Basic Income has received a lot of news coverage lately. Icons of industry like Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk have all voiced their support for this “social-security-for-all” type system. With the increases in automation and technology, billionaires like Musk say Universal Basic Income will become “necessary” given the mass unemployment in the near future.
Around the world, locations like Finland, Namibia and even Hawaii are experimenting with a form of basic income. Alaska has had a similar system for over 30 years where Alaskans receive an annual dividend payment … just for being Alaskans.
Since I’m all about educating myself in all things financial, I figured I would take a deep dive into Universal Basic Income. That way I can actually form a thorough opinion on this highly debated topic.
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To get that education process started, I invited Scott Santens to join us on the podcast. Scott is a writer and advocate for basic income. He’s the moderator for the highly active Basic Income Community on Reddit. Suffice to say, he knows a thing or two about the subject.
What are we covering today?
Scott and I chat about:
- What Universal Basic Income is all about
- Why he feels it would be a smart change for the US
- The positive results from basic income experiments around the globe and in the US
If you’ve heard of Universal Basic Income, but don’t know all of the details, join me for today’s discussion. Educating ourselves when it comes to our taxes and government assistance programs like this will help us to be more informed Americans and better global citizens. As they say, knowledge is power.
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