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rolling out in 2021

Hi folks. I have a BIG announcement.

Basic income is coming in 2021.

If you are an American citizen with a bank account, you will be able to be one of the first human beings to receive a sustainable, permanent, guaranteed, all-inclusive income floor.

This year.

It’s called Comingle.

Let me explain…

The Why

If you’ve followed any of my work in recent years, you know that I’m all about universal basic income (UBI). I believe it’s our best chance to move forward and upward as a prosperous, sustainable, and humane civilization. …


our most universal and damaging form of religious guilt

family bonds

My younger brother Oliver has always had stronger religious inclinations than either my older brother Dylan or myself. At least, that’s what I thought for a long time. In retrospect, I think he was just more open to spirituality than either of us. Or perhaps we were better at deluding ourselves about our own religiosity.

From a young age, both Dylan and I avoided affiliation with any of the church-type groups in our very Christian hometown of Colorado Springs. I think I felt superior for having decided that I did not believe in a God. Give me science. …

From small academic gatherings discussing a politically-obscure economic justice policy to thousands in the streets demanding UBI as a human right in a few short years. (source)

the role of alternative media in UBI’s grassroots explosion

NOTE: This article is an adaptation of a chapter, called “The Role of Media in the Basic Income Movement,” that I contributed to a textbook called Political Activisim and Basic Income Guarantee: International Experiences and Perspectives Past, Present, and Near Future (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020) which I based on a speech I gave at the 2018 NABIG Congress. I wrote the textbook chapter in July of 2019, so, among other changes, I have included an update section at the end to bring it into the context of July 2020, which was fun and illuminating for me, considering my original time-capsule approach.

Several Grains of Salt

I’ve got some good news and some bad news. (source)

finding the right coronavirus prescription for America

Hello America. You’re looking worse for wear.

I see that you’re experiencing symptoms of a pandemic. Please hop up on the exam table.

I’ll tell it to you straight. You’ve got it. You’re sick as a dog with this bug that’s been going around. Like every other country in the world, you are in crisis mode, and the actions you take in the coming months, weeks, days, and even hours will have a tremendous impact on the future of your nation and its people.

I understand that your primary care physician, the U.S. government, has started you on a specific…

beating coronavirus before it beats us


Let’s Talk About Coronavirus

People don’t know what to think about it, how scared to be, how to prepare, how bad it will get, how our government is handling it, how our government should be handling it, and more. Where on the spectrum of overblown seasonal sniffles to plague-like pandemic does this flu-like disease known technically as COVID-19 (caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus) reside?

Many of us have developed varying degrees skepticism toward the media by now due to much of the media’s frequent tendencies toward sensationalism in general, so how do we take it when we’re hearing that entire…


the end of the campaign & what’s next for UBI in America

Andrew Yang is out of the Democratic primary race, so what’s next for universal basic income (UBI) in America? First, let’s talk about where and how his campaign ended. Let’s talk about New Hampshire.

The Granite State

I was there, driving from city to city, walking miles in the cold, knocking on the doors of registered Democrats, slipping on treacherously icy driveways and front doorsteps. It was fun. I felt alive. After the chaos of the Iowa caucus, nobody really knew whether to feel hope or despair, but almost everyone in the Yang Gang canvassing crew were enthusiastically gunning for the former.


How UBI Can Bring Us Together

Dear esteemed Sir or Madam.

With all due respect, we should start by acknowledging that you’re rich. It’s just a fact; there’s no two ways about it.

how to be a maximally-effective agent of change

What can you as an individual or foundation of great wealth do to help reunite our classes? What is the future of effective philanthropy? If you truly desire to catalyze maximum impact for good, how should you approach it?

Here’s a quick list of ideas and guidelines, to be approached humbly and with serious commitment:

  1. Own your perspective and its limits!
    You don’t know what the people know just as much as we don’t know what you know. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but something to be honest about. You folks tend to meet in penthouses. We meet in…

Conrad Shaw

Writer, UBI researcher (@theUBIguy), Actor, Filmmaker, Engineer

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