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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. …

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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’d like spend some time discussing the often-overlooked role of media in the basic income (AKA universal basic income, unconditional basic income, or UBI) movement — and in progressive and populist movements in general — but first, I would like to note a few disclaimers for whomever may be reading. …

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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 treatment plan and that you’re interested in a second opinion. …


Conrad Shaw

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

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