From 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a captivating account of how "a skinny Asian kid from upstate" became a successful entrepreneur, only to find a new mission: calling attention to the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy amid rapid technological change and automation.
The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant futurenow. One recent estimate predicts 45 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next twelve yearsjobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society?
In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences of these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills. The future looks dire-but is it unavoidable?
In The War on Normal People, Yang imagines a different futureone in which having a job is distinct from the capacity to prosper and seek fulfillment. At this vision's core is Universal Basic Income, the concept of providing all citizens with a guaranteed income-and one that is rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists. Yang proposes that UBI is an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one he calls "human capitalism."
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About the Author
Andrew Yang is the founder of Venture for America, a major non-profit that places top college graduates in start-ups for two years in emerging U.S. cities to generate job growth and train the next generation of entrepreneurs. Yang has been the CEO, co-founder or executive at a number of technology and education companies. Yang was named a Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship and a Champion of Change by the White House and one of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business." He was also named to the National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Department of Commerce. A major documentary with an Oscar-winning director, Generation Startup, featuring Yang and Venture for America, was released in Fall 2016 and is available on Netflix and other streaming platforms. He is a graduate of Columbia Law, where he was an Editor of the Law Review, James Kent Scholar and winner of the Class of 1912 Prize, and Brown University where he graduated with degrees in Economics and Political Science.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Great Displacement xi
Part 1 What's Happening to Jobs
1 My Journey 3
2 How We Got Here 12
3 Who Is Normal in America 18
4 What We Do for a Living 26
5 Factory Workers and Truck Drivers 41
8 White-Collar Jobs Will Disappear, Too 49
7 On Humanity and Work 62
8 The Usual Objections 69
Part 2 What's Happening to Us
9 Life in the Bubble 85
10 Mindsets of Scarcity and Abundance 101
11 Geography Is Destiny 110
12 Men, Women, and Children 125
13 The Permanent Shadow Class: What Displacement Looks Like 133
14 Video Games and the (Male) Meaning of Life 143
15 The Shape We're in/Disintegration 150
Part 3 Solutions and Human Capitalism
16 The Freedom Dividend 165
17 Universal Basic income in the Real World 175
18 Time as the New Money 186
19 Human Capitalism 197
20 The Strong State and the New Citizenship 205
21 Health Care in a World without Jobs 213
22 Building People 225
Conclusion: Masters or Servants 241
What People are Saying About This
“Andrew Yang writes with passion and conviction, offering astute analysisas well as a hopeful solutionfor the looming challenge that may well define the coming decades: How can we ensure broad-based prosperity in a future where labor-displacing technology becomes vastly more powerful?”―
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The War On Normal People is a frightening commentary of our American economy and how ever advancing technology has already and will continue to create an epic scale of unemployment. More and more jobs are being eliminated as a result of “automation” and how is this affecting our society? Humans being rendered useless or irrelevant because their skillset is easily replaced by robotics, artificial intelligence, and all our modern day technology? What future can we look to? The War On Normal People examines the future and the concept of a Universal Basic Income which would provide a guaranteed income for “normal people”. The author feels this “UBI” concept is a necessary and unavoidable step to create a more stable and long lasting type of economy - an economy akin to “human capitalism”.
Excellent awakening to the current problems of America's systems. I cried reading the first couple of chapters alone!
This book is must read for all Americans if you care about what is happening to our job/workforce in coming years for us and our kids.