The War on Normal People

The War on Normal People

The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future

Book - 2018
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From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes-and a rallying cry for the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy.
Publisher: New York :, Hachette Books,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316414241
Characteristics: xix, 284 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm

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StarGladiator
Jan 26, 2021

Sorry, we were gravely misled by Andrew Yang, who claimed to be a proud Taiwanese-American, but now supports Joey Biden, whose public position is no support for Taiwan should they be invaded by communist China!
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A Taiwanese-American politician from California, also a Chicom--American, has similarly sold,out Taiwan and America.
http://nwasianweekly.com/2021/01/congressman-ted-lieu-led-impeachment-against-trump/
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Check out the clip at the link below at Powells Book Store in Portland. I recognize the Chicom--American ranting against free speech and democracy as a Taiwwanese--American.
https://www.zerohedge.com/political/journalist-andy-ngo-flees-country-amid-antifa-death-threats
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Given the number of Chicom-Americans who are also Taiwanese-Americans and have sold out both Taiwan and America --- I now agree that not one drop of American blood should ever be shed for the democracy of Taiwan ---- and please no more commie immigrants from there.
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Profile of a Chicom-American:
https://mobile.twitter.com/mrandyngo/status/1348780147391016961?ref_url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.zerohedge.com%2fpolitical%2fjournalist-andy-ngo-flees-country-amid-antifa-death-threats

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StoicBookaholic
Oct 19, 2020

“There is limited or no market reward at present for keeping families together, upgrading infrastructure, lifelong education, preventative care, or improving democracy.”

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Walter724
Feb 06, 2020

I like Andrew Yang but I couldn't get into this book.

CMLibrary_CBlevins Jan 26, 2020

I like Yang’s ideas. He uses data — you know, hard numbers — to back up his claims, and he makes a compelling argument for why a Universal Basic Income is inevitable. He is also a futurist, and he sees things in the long run, and he knows that the working class will only struggle harder to make ends meet as businesses invest in technology that will ultimately replace a lot of America’s workers. If anything, Yang shows us that we are going to need leaders that can see the future to help us to adapt to the fast changes that are coming within the next 10-15 years.

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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jan 01, 2020

Listen, I don't know if Andrew Yang will be president or not. My gut says no, but I'm currently sitting here in a shirt that says "Vote Yang" on the front. Take that for what you will.

Overall, this book is a combination of Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford and Raising the Floor by Andy Stern. In the acknowledgements of this book, Yang even mentions those two books specifically as inspiration. In general, I would say Yang's book is lesser than those two. He's a fine writer, and I admire his ideas, but the influence of those books is so very obvious as to be distracting at times. Yang's book is neither as chilling a look at automation as Ford's, nor as deep a dive into the logistics of Universal Basic Income as Stern's. In many ways it is a primer on the subjects, written for those who have never before encountered the concepts. But those other books are more definitive volumes on their individual topics than Yang's is on either.

That said, where Yang's book shines is when he has definitive data to work with and crunch. He does a great job of making numbers make sense. I do wish he had spent more time in this book on how he aims to pay for the "Freedom Dividend" (his rebranding of Universal Basic Income), but que sera, sera. He's also remarkably funny despite his doomsaying, which helps to make the book more accessible. In one portion of the book, he is vicious with Ivy League universities and how they make money and manipulate their books, students, the government, and public perceptions of education. Harvard, according to Yang, has become little more than a means to be able to say that a lawyer "used to play cello."

I'm sold on UBI as a concept, however, and feel certain it will need to happen if our economy is to continue functioning without major disruption. I also hope Yang is the person to institute it because I find him a compelling and likable character. But should he not become president, which, as I said early on, I have my doubts about, I hope he will continue fighting for these policies. He has done more for UBI than anyone else and the war on normal people is a war worth fighting.

And if you don't believe there is a war being waged on normal people, or don't believe it is in Arkansas, do a quick Google search on "Arkansas plants closing." Here's a shortlist: Columbia Forest Products, Flexsteel, Kimberly-Clark, Ball Metalpack, Georgia-Pacific, ABB Gearmotor. That accounts for approximately 1,301 Arkansas jobs vanishing in the next two years.

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Rendezvous_point
Dec 16, 2019

Audiobook is also available on YouTube at this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC25cPvp4zg

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ednabw
Oct 21, 2019

After watching the Democratic debates, I was intrigued by the intelligent and even-toned, matter-of-fact Presidential candidate, Andrew Yang. While others were accusatory, Yang kept throwing out factual data to the audience none of which could be refuted. Why? This book is worth reading – it’s filled with factual and historical data from reputable resources along with a bit of history and why current situations are failing. Don’t be discouraged with the first half of the book because Yang uses all the data and provides ample reasons why his vision of a Universal Basic Income could and has worked (in other countries). Excellent read for those who want to know who he is and why he’s running for U.S. President.

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colbertheathcott
Aug 02, 2019

Whoever wrote the publishers weekly review has no idea what they are talking about. UBI would make all of our lives better and help prepare our society for the issues that will arise with massive automation. It is not a utopian concept (MLK JR. and Thomas Paine championed the idea, among others). I would encourage anyone to read this book, google Andrew Yang, and listen to his interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast! .

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Truffalo
May 01, 2019

I found Yang's argument for the Universal Basic Income benefit very compelling. The impact of automation on the diminishing employment prospects for millions of Americans seem to be grossly underestimated at the present time. The implications of widespread long-term unemployment and/or underemployment with respect to social and political instability should be seriously considered now.

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Tony_Jeffers
Apr 22, 2019

I am not giving this book a rating because; I have not yet read it. However; while The Publiser Weekly review is well written I have a beef with the part that says "his efforts at offering hope fall short, since ambitious measures like providing a universal basic income for every American stand little chance in an ultrapolarized political enviromment". True enough at present 2019, but politcal evironments have been known to change rapidly. The political evironment could be completely different by 2028 or 2032. The midwest is the heart of the conservative strong hold; yet you may have noticed it is also the part of the country that as been suffering the worst from extreme climate events. As well they are facing mass unemployment and dislocation in the very near future. Today millions of children are growing up facing these new realities. Many of them will be old enough to vote in the 2024 elections even more in the 2028 elections which could easily see green and liberal landslides and an end in the very near future of our present ultrapolarized political environment.
Thus Publishers Weekly's judgemental statement is extremely short sighted.

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GRPL_BoiBombadil
Oct 29, 2019

“Are we not, as the citizens of the United States, the owners of this country?”

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GRPL_BoiBombadil
Oct 29, 2019

“The future without jobs will come to resemble either the cultivated benevolence of Star Trek or the desperate scramble for resources of Mad Max.”

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GRPL_BoiBombadil
Oct 29, 2019

“Grit, persistence, adaptability, financial literacy, interview skills, human relationships, conversation, communication, managing technology, navigating conflicts, preparing healthy food, physical fitness, resilience, self-regulation, time management, basic psychology and mental health practices, arts, and music—all of these would help students and also make school seem much more relevant. Our fixation on college readiness leads our high school curricula toward purely academic subjects and away from life skills. The purpose of education should be to enable a citizen to live a good, positive, socially productive life independent of work.”

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