The Democratic primary is coming into focus and it is not a pretty picture. Essentially the choice comes in two groups: incrementalists (Biden, Buttigieg, Bloomberg, Klobuchar) and socialists (Sanders, Warren). The incrementalists want to go back more or less to the Obama years, while the socialists want to go back to the 1970s in Europe. For the incrementalists digital technology is nothing special and for the socialists it is mostly an evil to be fought.
Then there is the one exception, the one candidate who has a plan that recognizes we no longer live in the industrial age and that digital technology can be harnessed for broad wellbeing: Andrew Yang. Andrew’s platform builds around Universal Basic Income to develop a broad program that is beautifully captured by the campaign slogan of “Humanity First.”
When he first announced his campaign, Andrew was roundly ignored. Then there was a fair bit of making fun of his candidacy. Then of course came the concerted effort by MSNBC and others to undermine Andrew’s campaign by simply not reporting on it. So we have been through the first three stages of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.“
Of course we don’t know yet what the fourth act of Andrew’s candidacy will be, but if you want to learn more, I encourage you to check out the campaign’s Youtube channel. Here is a great place to start:
And if you like what you see donate to the Yang 2020 campaign.