Bit of a Tangent

017 | Bronwyn Williams: Universal Basic Income & Individual Sovereignty

October 14, 2019

This episode features the much-anticipated conversation with Bronwyn Williams on the topic of Universal Basic Income (UBI). Bronwyn is a futurist and trend analyst with a background in marketing and economics. Gianluca and Jared pick her brain about the economic viability of UBI, the influence of politics and big tech, and the trends in automation that will shape the future of humanity. Regardless of your fiscal intuitions or political leanings, this episode will equip you with the core arguments in the UBI debate and leave you with plenty of food for thought.





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Flux Trends:

Apollo 42:

Negative income tax:

Alaskan oil dividend: n

Andrew Yang and the proposed “Freedom Dividend”:

Andrew Yang’s discussions about UBI with Sam Harris:

Social credit system in China:

Elon Musk on automation and UBI:

Neuralink’s human-brain interface:

Humanity’s increasing prosperity (Steven Pinker):

On having a “Venezuela moment”:

Single-payer healthcare:

Cost of bringing a drug to market:

Swiss referendum on UBI:

Bronwyn’s book reviews:

The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt:

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman:

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff:

Death of the Gods by Carl Miller:

Ben Hunt on Twitter:

David Pearce on Twitter:

Slate Star Codex breakdown of UBI:

Bayesian Conspiracy (with David Spearman) on the economics of UBI vs. NIT:

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