Common Sense Soapbox

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Short videos with a punchy, comedic tone and entertaining Socratic characters taking on trending issues and important concepts from a classical liberal perspective, written & animated by Seamus Coughlin.

July 23, 2019

Bob's excited about Universal Basic Income, and thinks that it would be a great way to help people for less money than the inefficient welfare programs we already have. That could be true, but only if it completely the current system, and that's... unlikely. Find out why in this new episode of Common Sense Soapbox!

CREDITS:
Written by Seamus Coughlin & Jennifer Maffessanti
Animated by Seamus Coughlin
Produced by Sean W. Malone



LINKS:
https://fee.org/articles/andrew-yang-s-math-doesn-t-add-up-on-universal-basic-income/
https://fee.org/articles/how-universal-basic-income-could-be-used-to-suppress-free-speech/
https://fee.org/articles/the-real-cost-of-universal-basic-income/
https://www.usgovernmentspending.com/welfare_spending_analysis
https://www.usgovernmentspending.com/medicare_spending_analysis
https://www.usgovernmentspending.com/social_security_spending_analysis
($2.63 trillion spent in 2018 on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other entitlements based on my math using stats from above sources)
https://fee.org/articles/ubi-treats-people-first-and-foremost-as-charity-cases/
https://fee.org/articles/the-top-three-arguments-against-a-universal-basic-income/
https://fee.org/articles/finland-ends-its-experiment-with-universal-basic-income/
https://fee.org/shows/video/common-sense-soapbox/will-robots-make-human-jobs-obsolete#player

About the Hosts


Seamus Coughlin is a comedy writer and animator with a deep interest in politics and morality. After graduating high school, he started a small business in animation production and led small teams of animators on various projects while studying at his local community college. Today, Seamus continues producing entertaining animated content for a number of outlets, and a good deal of his work can be…

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Jen Maffessanti is a Senior Associate Editor at FEE and mother of two. When she's not advocating for liberty or chasing kids, she can usually be found cooking or maybe racing cars. 

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