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The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future

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Andrew Yang

6 Hours 55 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

April 2018

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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 future--now. One recent estimate predicts 45 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next twelve years--jobs 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 future--one 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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  • Anonymous

    This is a very thought provoking book as it address an issue that is clearly right in front of us. Andrew\'s background gives him a level of insights from the business world that makes this topic more compelling. This is really should not be a political issue but one that tries to address a big issue in a meaningful way as the impacts of technology will continue to affect all of us. I will share this book and do additional resources as this is a practical solution but there are certainly more questions that will need to be answered this biggest of which is how to gain support as there will challenges as the status quo will need to change. Thanks for pushing this debate as you noted is not new but your the voice that\'s filling in the gaps at this moment in time. Good luck in getting the message out and hopefully to getting this or some similar solution into law.

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