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楊安澤(Andrew Yang)參選2020美國總統 - Building people


Hello Friends,
Thank you for your support! It’s an exciting time. 
I’ve been in San Francisco meeting with various leaders and entrepreneurs. We had our first sighting of a bumper sticker in SF which was a thrill. I’m speaking at a public event on Tuesday the 17th. I will be in Los Angeles on Friday—tell your friends in SoCal! 
 
My book was featured on the front page of the New York Times Book Review this past weekend. The reviewer, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, said, “To the rest of America, a U.B.I. may seem like a pipe dream, but from my vantage point some form of it seems inevitable.”  I agree. 
I was also featured in a great interview with Psychology Today. I was excited to do it. Psychology and the Freedom Dividend, in my opinion, go hand in hand. My brother is a psychology professor, and I believe that the Freedom Dividend would be one of the very best things we could do for people’s states of mind.
Right now, most Americans operate in a perpetual state of scarcity, living from paycheck to paycheck. This saps mental energy. One study by psychologist Eldar Shafir and economist Sendhil Mullainathan found that simply reminding people of their own financial scarcity caused a decline of about 13 IQ points in terms of their ability to function on a test. They similarly found that people who are preoccupied by scarcity have less bandwidth to eat healthy food and act civilly.   
We often reverse the causal relationship—we sometimes think that poor decisions cause poverty. It’s more likely the reverse: that resource scarcity causes bandwidth constraints that hurt decision-making and behavior. Shafir, the psychologist, observed, “There’s a very large proportion of Americans who are concerned and struggling financially and therefore possibly lacking in bandwidth. Each time new issues raise their ugly heads, we lose cognitive abilities elsewhere. These findings may even suggest that after the . . . financial crisis, American may have lost a lot of fluid intelligence . . . they don’t have room for things on the periphery.” 
We’ve all been there—when we are starved for time or food or money we are more likely to ignore our child, scarf down a muffin, or bark at someone who does not deserve it. That is the circumstance that most Americans find themselves in each day; 59% of Americans cannot pay an unexpected $500 bill and income volatility is as high as 30-40% each month for the majority of Americans. 
This is one of the core problems of this age. Having the world’s information at our disposal isn’t making us, on average, any smarter. If anything it’s kind of the opposite. Most of us find ourselves struggling with scarcity of time, money, empathy, attention or bandwidth in some combination. It is one of the great perversions of this era that just when advancing technology should be creating more of a feeling of abundance for us all, it is instead activating economic insecurity in most of the population. As steady and predictable work and income become more and more rare—94% of jobs created from 2005 to 2015 were gig economy or temp or contractor positions—our culture seems to be becoming increasingly impulsive and perhaps more racist and misogynist due to an increased bandwidth tax as people jump from island to island trying to stay one step ahead of the economic tide. If you’re busy jumping all day you’re not thinking. 
In my view, it is essential for a democracy to do all it can to keep its population free of a mindset of scarcity in order to make better decisions. We are witnessing epic dysfunction of our politics in part because people have less and less capacity to make quality decisions for themselves and their families, much less to weigh and deliberate on big policy questions. 
Investor Ray Dalio recently observed about the rising economic inequality, “I think that a national emergency should be declared . . . unfortunately it's more likely that nothing . . . will be done and, in the next economic downturn, the haves and have nots will be at each other’s throats, fighting . . . rather than working together to make plans to make most people productive . . . for that reason I’m worried about the health of capitalism and democracy.” 
The health of our democracy starts in our minds. The Freedom Dividend would address our most extreme needs and make us capable of better decisions. It would begin to reverse the social and political dysfunction that is weighing us down and allow us to look up to tackle the big problems. It would make our society more just and fair and rekindle our sense of commonality. 
Let’s make it real together. If we make the Freedom Dividend a reality we’ll all breathe easier and think more clearly for it.  
Yours, 

Thank you for your belief and support! It means a great deal. I hope that you had a wonderful 4th of July with friends and family!


I am writing this from the San Francisco Bay Area, where I will be spending the next few weeks. Some friends are hosting events for me and I will be meeting with various entrepreneurs and technologists, many of whom already support my campaign. Again, most techies know that our economy has changed for good and want to do something about it.    

Still, here in Silicon Valley, as in the rest of the country, some people believe that all will be well as long as “We educate and train Americans for the jobs of the future.” I am, like most people, a big fan of better education. But this attitude seems unrealistically confident about what we are capable of in the face of automation, which Bain believes will affect 20-25% of workers by 2030 at a rate more than twice as fast as the Industrial Revolution.


There are a few reasons why I’m skeptical. First, government-sponsored retraining programs have an absolutely miserable track record. Independent studies on programs for manufacturing workers found efficacy rates of approximately 0–37%, and massive problems of accessibility and quality. Stories abound of schools forming to retrain workers, then closing down and leaving workers with nothing but worthless certificates. Most workers won’t qualify for these programs anyway—it’s not like when a mall closes there will be an army of retrainers for the displaced retail workers.  

Second, only 32% of Americans graduate from college today—42% if one includes two-year programs—and our results have been less than stellar even for those with degrees. The underemployment of college graduates today is up to 44%, school loans total $1.4 trillion, and default rates are rising. Many of our colleges have become paths to backbreaking debt loads and uncertain prospects. The incentives to change aren’t there for most schools because they get paid even if their graduates languish.

Of course, there are things we can and should do differently. In my book, I write about the need to move more people toward vocational education and apprenticeships. In America, only 6% of high school students are on a technical track. In Germany, the percentage is 59%, 10 times higher. We unnecessarily stigmatize vocational work and overprescribe college. Many of the most durable jobs will be in the middle-skill range of line repair, smart manufacturing and infrastructure. Today, there are 30 million unfilled jobs that require a range of technical education. Non-routine manual jobs will be with us for a long time.  

On the K-12 side, there is a need to recast education to include more personal life skills and fewer rote academic tasks. The abilities to self-manage and socialize are likely to become more important and relevant in an age of intelligent machines. Grit, persistence, adaptability, financial literacy, human relationships, communication, managing technology, navigating conflicts, preparing healthy food, physical fitness, self-regulation, time management, basic psychology and mental health practices, arts and music—all of these would help make school more relevant to students and prepare them for a positive and socially productive life independent of work.

But perhaps most fundamentally, we must increase the recognition that most of a child’s success falls outside of the classroom. I received the following note from a supporter this week that I found incredibly galvanizing:
I hold a PhD in education policy and am underemployed as a language teacher working less than full time at half the market rate. During my graduate studies, I learned why US students underperform. Most variation (70%-80%) in student outcomes is explained by non-school factors like family income, family health, and parenting dynamics. We've known this since the Coleman Report of 1966, which is among the best-known education studies in the field. Recognition of the importance of non-school factors is affirmed by respected scholars such as Diane Ravich of NYU and Richard Rothstein of Columbia—but their voices are mere whispers against the backdrop of slogans and media noise.

There's a growing ideology of "no excuses," which tries to pretend away these longstanding findings in education. Teachers matter crucially, but they don't vary to extreme degrees as do family income, family health, parenting dynamics, and literacy in the home. In this respect, the “no excuses” ideology is a form of denialism scarcely different from the politicized denials of global warming...
His message was significantly longer and more detailed. But I found myself wondering how many educators who have worked in our schools would agree with his sentiment. Friends who are teachers have expressed to me that what goes on inside the school cannot overcome what goes on in the home or in a given community or neighborhood.

Our approach to education has put too much faith in institutions that cannot succeed because in most cases the problems are beyond their ability to solve.

This is one reason why I am so passionate about Universal Basic Income—it would improve children's lives at home. In one study in 1995, researchers tracked the personalities of 1,420 low-income children in North Carolina when a group of families started receiving $4,000 per person per year. Among children in families that received money, behavioral and emotional disorders went down. Two personality traits became more pronounced in these children: conscientiousness and agreeableness, both of which correlate strongly to professional and relationship success. Among adults, domestic violence and alcohol consumption both went down. “We know that the thing poor couples fight about the most is money,” said one of the researchers. “Now we have a sense of what even just a little money can do to change these things, to change their lives.”

This strikes me as one of the keys to education. We have to invest directly in people and their families. It is only by trusting people that we can give our institutions an actual chance to succeed.  

Thanks again for your support. While I’m on the West Coast, I am also visiting Los Angeles on July 13th, Seattle on July 26th and MAYBE Portland. Please email zach@yang2020.com if you are in SF or one of those cities and want to get involved—hopefully I will see you soon!  
Have a fantastic holiday and say Happy Birthday to this country of ours. It's getting older and...more eccentric. ;)

Your grateful candidate,
 



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Thank you for being the first to support my presidential campaign—early adopters are my favorite people. We attract the very best.  
It’s been a phenomenal week. Thanks to my appearance on Sam Harris’s podcast Waking Up, we’ve received more than 1,000 new donations totaling over $20,000 just in the last week alone. Many of you may have just found out about the campaign through that podcast—I’m incredibly grateful to Sam for having me on and for elevating our ideas to his massive following. 
Last night we held an informal gathering of young people here in New York and it was a packed house with a waiting list of another 60 people. The energy was high—people are charged up and ready to fight for a new economy. 
Tuesday night I spoke to a group of techies here in New York City hosted by several friendly venture capitalists. People who work in technology are among the most savvy and knowledgeable about the impact of AI and automation on human labor. And technologists and investors, perhaps to the surprise of some, are among the biggest early supporters of my campaign. 
 
The reality is that no one is more concerned about the impact of AI on society than the people who are building it. Almost always, the more someone knows, the higher his or her concern level is. 
Some might ask, “Isn’t it their fault?  Aren’t they the ones building the technology that is going to replace workers?” But technologists, VCs, and entrepreneurs are simply doing all they can to push their companies and products forward. It is not their fault that the gains are being concentrated in the hands of a very few, and it’s nearly impossible for them to know and account for the downstream social and economic impacts. It’s OUR job—that is, it’s the responsibility of our government and leaders to account for the impact of innovation on human well-being. 
Unfortunately, we are decades behind. And we need to speed up fast. 
One investor said something to me on Tuesday that struck me as profound. “At this point, we don’t even need much more technological innovation. We could be busy for a long time just applying the tech we already have.  What we really need is much more social innovation.”  He’s on to something. He’s a good man who is supporting my campaign. And there are many others like him. 
I remember when I was young and trying to start a company—I saw venture capitalists as figures on high who could change a young entrepreneur’s life with a stroke of a pen. Which is sort of true. But now I realize that they’re still just people—parents, Americans with a job to do like the rest of us (though they tend to have much nicer offices). They have pressures to produce returns for their limited partners and goals to hit every period.  Many of them see the need to build a better economy and want to be part of that transformation. 
One of the world’s foremost authorities on AI, Kai-Fu Lee, sent me an advance copy of his new book, AI Superpowers, that is coming out this Fall. His vision for the future is both authoritative and stark. From his perspective, AI is quickly transforming the digital world, corporate processes and financial institutions. Soon it will cross into the physical world via intelligent sensors and interfaces, self-driving cars, autonomous drones and intelligent factory and farming robots. This will impact our communities and ways of life. Lee predicts a real danger of large-scale technological unemployment that will wrack the Western world for years to come.
Again, the more someone knows the more concerned they are. 
Lee’s vision has an additional element; we all take for granted that the United States leads the world in new technologies.  But Lee believes that in Artificial Intelligence, China has a number of large structural advantages that will lead them to rival, and even surpass, the US in key respects. These advantages include an army of ruthless entrepreneurs honed in a take-no-prisoners environment, government subsidized computing infrastructure worth tens of billions of dollars, and access to more data—which serves as food for AI. Lee describes how AI has become a national fixation in China. 280 million Chinese watched AI beat the world champion in Go in real time like a major sporting event. Here in the States, we tend to rely upon private industry and orgs like OpenAI to employ the smartest people to keep us ahead. But in Lee’s view, the rollout of AI will be less dependent upon a series of breakthroughs, which would advantage us, and more on the diligent application of existing advances, which advantages China. 
When I visited with the team at OpenAI in Silicon Valley, they too expressed concern that China’s computing resources—again, they are spending tens of billions of dollars to build out entire islands of computers—are difficult to match. The team at Open AI expressed a need for two things: 1. International collaboration on AI to avoid an arms race dynamic, and 2. A need to maintain American leadership, in part to make sure that cooperation happens.
I will make this a central priority as President. We can remain world leaders with the right leadership in place that is willing to make the right investments.    
Before settling on “Humanity First” we were going to use the slogan “Build the Future.” There are two fundamental problems we must solve for. First, our economy is leaving too many—most of us—behind due in large part to advancing technology. We need to build a different more human-centered economy that allows everyone to pursue a secure future for themselves and their family while still striving for more. Second, we have been trading on the investments of past generations in infrastructure, education, and innovation that are now falling apart. We need to reinvest in ourselves and our communities in order to stay competitive. 
In essence, we need to become more dynamic and empathetic simultaneously. We don’t have that much time. 
Both Kai-Fu and my friends at OpenAI are excited by the positive possibilities of AI as well. We could cure cancer, help address climate change, and solve other impossibly complex problems with AI in the seasons to come. One thing I’m sure of—innovation is more likely to occur in a thriving, prosperous society than one that is struggling with pervasive scarcity.  If we speed up our society and government (!!) to match our technology, we will be in position to capture and distribute the incredible gains being made from AI to improve life for all Americans. 
A personal note to share—June 30th is a deadline for filing campaign results with the FEC. This quarter is one of the first quarters we report and we must demonstrate support. If you have yet to do so, please consider donating $1 to the campaign so we can have a larger number of contributors to report and demonstrate popular support. If you have already donated, please give a bit more. We can fight for the future we all know is possible but we need your help. 
I’ve now run several companies, a nonprofit and a political campaign. It turns out that all of them involve asking people for money.  ;)  Passion, energy, and money can change the world. 
Let’s get to work. 
Yours, 

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Fundraiser in Brooklyn Tonight
We're hosting a private fundraiser at a supporter's home in Brooklyn at 6 PM tonight. Please contact Zach at zach@yang2020.com if you would like to attend—we'd love to see you there! 




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Just a few hours until Andrew will be answering your questions LIVE in the 'One for Humanity' Facebook group.  is a great opportunity to talk policy and get to know your candidate. Andrew is looking forward to meeting : 3:00 p.m. EST: One for Humanity Facebook Group
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Hello, hope all is great. There's a lot to share this week!
This past week I spoke at Google and also appeared on a YouTube show with 1.8 million followers – warning that this video will make you hungry. 
I also made trips to Los Angeles, Boston, and New Hampshire.  In Los Angeles I met many amazing people including a very well-dressed baby – the first baby I’ve kissed as a presidential candidate. 
 
The Boston event was sold out with over 100 attendees and generated some tremendous press, like this NBC News Boston interview
Entrepreneurs like Owen Johnson (Revival) and Sven Karlsson (Platelet Biogenesis) were there to say hello. Thank you to Ian So (Chicken & Rice Guys) for hosting and making the event possible.   
On Tuesday, we traveled to Keene in Western New Hampshire where I met with the local entrepreneurship center and then the Young Democrats of New Hampshire. The Young Dems were an inspirational group. Maggie is the youngest city councilwoman in Keene history. Shaye moved there from New York to organize young people. Rachel started her own 15-person management consulting company. Sparky served in the Army as a translator in Afghanistan before moving back to New Hampshire and is now running for State Representative. Oni arranged a protest for net neutrality at the local Verizon headquarters. And Amelia was running the show.  
 
Maggie commented on the fact that young people often left Western New Hampshire for greener pastures (not literally, as it’s very green there). But she was there trying to make the town better. 
That, to me is the goal of this campaign. How can we actually make life in Keene better? 
The Young Dems of New Hampshire are among the most dynamic and enterprising people in their state. By the numbers, Americans are moving, starting businesses, getting married, having children and participating in the workforce at historic lows. Meanwhile suicides, overdoses, depression, school loans, and financial insecurity are all at record highs, and 59% of Americans cannot afford a $500 bill.
We have in particular shafted young people and left them with a shambles of an economy, record indebtedness, unaffordable housing, few career paths forward, a crumbling infrastructure, and a warming planet.   
The message of this campaign is one of the harshness of the reality that most Americans face day-to-day – a reality that is about to be made much worse by advancing technologies that will eliminate millions of jobs. But it is also about the actions we can take that will improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans. 
Standing in Keene with the Young Dems, I said to them, “You all have outsized importance. If you all decide to make the case for a different kind of economy, the entire country will hear you. And if we make it real here, other countries will follow suit. This group of people, in this room right now, has a unique chance to advance all of humanity.” I could sense them weighing these words and realizing their truth. 
We all aren’t Democratic activists in New Hampshire, but it is true for each of us as well. If we make the case to our fellow Americans that we can build a new kind of economy that puts Humanity First, we can make it real. As Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Let’s show what we can do. 
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Hi everyone -

Great news!  Andrew Yang is coming to Boston on June 11th, and we'd love for you and your friends to join him.

Details are below:

What: Meet 2020 Presidential Candidate (D) - Andrew Yang
Where: Oficio Coworking & Meeting Rooms, 30 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
When: Monday, June 11th, 6pm - 9pm

Please spread the word and we hope to see you there!


Zach
Zach Graumann
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Friends,
I’m Zach Graumann, Andrew’s campaign manager.
When the campaign launched in February, the New York Times called Andrew a “longer than longshot” candidate.
Since then we’ve had some real wins. Nearly every major news outlet has profiled Andrew. Donors and supporters from all over the country—South Carolina, North Dakota, Minnesota, and just about every other state—have stepped forward and said, “This is our campaign.”  
Still, even our biggest supporters ask us: “Does Andrew really have a shot?”
We understand their disbelief. Andrew’s platform is bold, smart, and entirely new. This kind of political change never comes easy—and many are so jaded by American politics that it’s hard to believe meaningful progress is possible.
Here at HQ, we know we’re in for the fight of our lives. Andrew is going up against establishment politicians with multi-million dollar warchests. We can’t outraise the competition.
Our legitimacy is not going to come from fancy endorsements or press hits. It’s going to come from you.
So today, we’re asking you to give us one dollar.
It’s not about the money—it’s about what it demonstrates. It’s about showing the establishment that Andrew’s “radical” solutions aren’t so radical, and that thousands of voters across the country believe his ideas belong on the debate stage.
We need 100,000 people to donate just $1 each to Yang2020 by the end of the year. If we pull this off, we’ll have the attention we need to contend in the primaries and change America’s political dialogue. Most importantly, Andrew’s vision won’t seem like such a longshot.
You can help us make this real. Please join One For Humanity and donate $1 today.



Does Andrew really have a shot?
If you give us $1 today, he absolutely does.
- Zach

Before I tell you about our trip to D.C., I want to thank you for the support you showed us last week. Many of you gave $1 to the One for Humanity campaign, and your confidence in our mission means the world. My campaign manager, Zach, will be sharing more details about One for Humanity tomorrow. Until then, if you haven't donated yet, please give us $1 today.
On Monday, I was invited to meet with Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, by a friend. Richard is one of the most prominent leaders who has already come out in favor of Universal Basic Income (others include Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Albert Wenger, and more). We had a brief conversation about abundance.  He ended our conversation with a smile and said simply, “I hope you win.” It was easy to see how he has inspired so many people.
On Tuesday I was invited to Washington D.C. to meet with Democratic members of Congress as well as a group of lawyers who double as democratic fundraisers. One of them said something profound to me: “Washington D.C. is not a town of leaders. We are actually a town of laggards and followers, particularly when it comes to policy. Your best bet is to spend time in other parts of the country and create a wave that ends in D.C. We will be the last people to figure it out.” I appreciated this bit of wisdom a great deal.  I met some amazing people and caught up with Grace Meng, Vice Chair of the DNC as well as some other friends.
On Wednesday it was back to New Jersey for an event hosted by my friends from law school, Mike and Karen Borofsky and Shavar Jeffries, as well as Tom Wisniewski, the head of Newark Venture Partners. They gathered together an incredible group of technologists, entrepreneurs, educators, executives and parents to meet and talk about how automation is transforming our economy and what to do about it. The attendees agreed that the problems were massive and that big solutions were needed. We made many new friends of different ages.
On Thursday I was invited to speak at Propelify, a tech and innovation conference in New Jersey. I also met with an inspiring group of founders who started Mannabase, a cryptocurrency designed to give money to people who need it. You simply sign up and receive money every month. They have 200,000+ subscribers already, and while the income is very low right now (around 20 cents per month), they have established a structure that demonstrates what is possible. Right now, their funding is simply from donations to an affiliated nonprofit.
On Friday we hosted a number of people at the office, including James Felton Keith, an activist and leader who advocates for personal data as a natural resource that would allow for dividends. We also hosted Jen Dziura, an incredible entrepreneur who created the Bullish Conference to empower women in the workforce. I learned a ton from each of them.
The week ahead will be a big one for the campaign, as I’m appearing on CNBC and MSNBC and the Wall Street Journal is reviewing my book. The message of this campaign—of putting Humanity First—resonates wherever I go. With your help we can take the message to people far and wide and all the way back to D.C.
Yours,


P.S. If you're located in the greater New York City area, please stop by our office for a happy hour on Thursday, May 31st! The event is free but space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance. We'd love to meet you.


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Hello, and thank you for your support of my campaign! It means the world to me. 
This week I was on Bloomberg to talk about Universal Basic Income as a response to increasing automation: 
The reception was great.  More and more Americans are realizing every day that we need big new solutions that will actually improve people’s lives. 
I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is and give a Freedom Dividend of $1,000 per month to someone in New Hampshire in 2019. I will do the same in Iowa and hope to enlist some like-minded people to expand the Freedom Dividend to include more and more people in the weeks ahead. 
I did not decide to do this lightly. I do not have the kind of wealth where $24,000 is an amount I can give away without real deliberation and tradeoffs. I have already contributed $40,000 to the campaign and have yet to take a salary. I have two kids who are just hitting school age. 
But then I get some perspective. I am asking my team to sacrifice other opportunities to work with me on this campaign. I am asking everyday Americans like you to believe in me and to donate your hard-earned money to the underdog campaign for real change. I am asking all Americans to look at the suffering around us and say, “It doesn’t have to be this way.”
Many Americans are struggling to make ends meet and find themselves in very tough situations. It’s a thrill to think that this $24,000 will help at least a couple families pay their bills, get their heads up, plan for the future and perhaps improve their lives. That’s what this campaign is all about—building a new economy that puts Humanity First. It is only by believing in our people that we can build a prosperous society in an age of new technologies. This is a way to demonstrate that people matter more than money.  
I hope that you are excited about the first real live Freedom Dividend. If you are, please spread the word, particularly if you have friends and family in New Hampshire who would benefit from getting an additional $1,000 per month (i.e. most people). 
I also hope that you will use this occasion to make this campaign your own through a contribution of any amount. If we lead by example, we can show our fellow Americans that this is yet a land of abundance, of heart and opportunity. Great things remain possible if we make it so.
Let’s show what we can do. 
Yours truly,

The last couple of weeks have been phenomenal. The week before last I was in San Francisco for an event with Jim Pugh that drew 100 people.
While I was out there I met with the team at OpenAI, a leading research outfit backed by Elon Musk. OpenAI is working to advance artificial intelligence for our collective benefit, while also making sure it doesn't become a destructive force. 
AI has the potential to transform our lives and tackle the biggest problems we currently face. It could speed up genetic research and help us cure cancer. It could help mitigate the impact of climate change by accurately modeling the effects of various geoengineering measures. It could even eventually help us educate our children through personalized teaching and coaching.
But it could also cause massive problems. One expert described the potential dangers as ‘like nuclear weapons, but worse,’ because rogue actors could use it for destructive purposes. AI will become a key issue for America moving forward, and our government needs to speed up to a point where it is at least in the room and capable of identifying the right concerns. 
The U.S. is in danger of lagging behind in AI research. Other governments see AI as mission-critical and are investing tens of billions of dollars to race ahead. China has built ‘an AI island’ that will soon be home to tens of thousands of computers, all funded by the state. Thanks to government support, Chinese researchers also have access to the best raw materials and infrastructure, and enjoy unfettered access to data, which is like food for AI. 
The U.S. researchers I spoke to did not want an arms race—but they suggested that it’s a lot easier to collaborate if you are one of the leaders in the field. As President, I will ensure that we continue to lead in the crucial area of AI development. We need to team up with and support our private companies and get them the resources they need to reach the cutting edge.     
While I was in the Bay Area, I noticed a trend: the more people knew about AI and automation, the more concerned they were about the economy and the displacement of workers. It made my campaign seem all the more vital. 
I spent last week doing interviews for the launch of my book, which was a lot of fun. I did an interview with Brian Lehrer and appeared on Business Insider, and many more articles will be live in the coming weeks. 
It’s great to finally have the book out there—I’m getting positive feedback every day. But the book is only important insofar as it makes change real and more possible. 
That is one reason I’m so grateful to each of you—for making this campaign your own. Please do make a contribution so that we can reach more people like you and grow the tribe. And please spread the word. Let’s start fixing the problems.
Let’s start putting Humanity First again. 
Yours gratefully,

P.S. For those of you in New York, the Core Club is hosting a book talk with me and Nicholas Confessore of the New York Times on Wednesday evening in Midtown. Email frawley@yang2020.com if you’d like to attend, as we are allowed to have a small number of guests.   


This is a huge day for the campaign—The War on Normal People is finally out and in bookstores across the country! Here's a pic from my local Barnes and Noble of 'the Octagon' table at the front of the store:  
I am thrilled to have the book out in the world—it makes the case that we are undergoing the greatest economic and technological transformation in our history and that we need big solutions, like the Freedom Dividend, to ensure our shared future. The book and campaign are continuing to get a lot of great coverage. Excerpts have been published by the Daily Beast and Entrepreneur with more to come, and earlier today I appeared on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC. We've received coverage from Fast Company and Quartz, and NowThis produced a video that has been viewed more than 700k times since yesterday. On Wednesday in NYC, serial entrepreneur David Rose and director Cheryl Houser are hosting a book launch party for press and others (my family is on Spring Break but will be there in spirit). 
Our friends and supporters have placed more than 2,000 pre-orders, and we have a real chance to get on the bestseller lists which will drive even more interest. If you haven’t already done so, please order your copy now, or pick it up at a nearby bookstore. I am optimistic that the book will open people's eyes and minds to what we are experiencing as a society.  
Thank you for your belief and support. The team and I are so grateful that you've chosen to take this journey with us. Let's show what we can do together and start fixing the big problems. 
A few weeks ago I received an email from an Army veteran, Daniel Navin. He said, “Universal Basic Income already exists on a massive scale in the USA. It is cloaked as the ‘Defense Industry.’ The defense industry is funded 100% by US taxpayers to the tune of one trillion dollars per year. This trillion is going toward myriad things that essentially boil down to one common reality: they provide no real product or service to the US taxpayer ... essentially we pay one trillion dollars annually for 7.4 million employed full time, funded entirely by the taxpayers.” (I’m editing his message here, as it was quite detailed.)    

 
I was blown away. I responded, “Well, that’s a case that a non-veteran like me would have a hard time making.” Daniel was an Army sniper who is now an engineer at a defense contractor in Pennsylvania while working on his own company. We met at the campaign event in Philadelphia (pictured above) and I’m proud to say that he is starting a group called Veterans for Andrew Yang.
People like Daniel inspire me because they joined the campaign so early on. Early adopters are my favorite people. That likely includes you. Thank you. 
This past week was very exciting—the campaign was covered by Entrepreneur, the Carnegie Council, and Techcrunch, the last of which landed us on the front page of Reddit and drove our site traffic to all-time highs (yes, even higher than the New York Times piece). An excerpt of my book, which arrives in bookstores next Tuesday, was published in the Daily Beast with excerpts to come in Fortune and Entrepreneur. We are up to 2,000 confirmed pre-orders, which puts the book near bestseller territory! If you haven’t done so please buy your copy today—every single book counts. 
It's the end of the first quarter, and we want to demonstrate how much support our message has already gained. For the next 48 hours, I will personally match any contributions made by members of this email list, up to $10,000. This is a great chance to make your donations count. If you convince a friend to donate, let us know—I'll match their donation, too. Please do relieve me of my money—it would mean a lot. ;) 
Let’s show what we can do. Proud to fight for the future alongside you all. 

 
















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We’re gearing up for my book, The War on Normal Peopleto hit bookstores on April 3rd. This book contains the core ideas of my campaign, and thanks to our early supporters, it looks like we have a real chance to make the bestseller list. So many of you have already bought a copy, and your support means the world to me and the team. If you haven’t already done so, please order your copy now and maybe buy an extra few for your friends—every preorder helps.
I began writing this book because I was filled with unease about what was happening to our economy and society. As the CEO of Venture for America, I had just spent 6 years working with startups in Detroit, Cleveland, New Orleans, and 15 other cities. Many of these cities were places I had never visited before, and I was shocked by the widespread economic despair I saw firsthand. Meanwhile, many of my friends in SF and New York were working on the cutting edge of technology and finance, creating huge wins for their businesses but displacing an outsize number of workers in other cities. In writing this book, I tried to make connections and convey what I was seeing, while also digging into the facts. Donald Trump’s election heightened my urgency.
As I began my research, I was prepared to discover anything—I'm an evidence- and fact-based person. But everything I learned made it clear that the situation was much worse than I imagined. It was staggering. We’re not at the beginning of the automation wave—we are in the middle, and things are set to speed up. It is driving many of the other problems we are experiencing.

Writing the book pushed me to consider what could be done in the face of unprecedented technological changes. I spent many days considering what displaced truckers could do, which quickly shifted to thinking about the meaning of work, and then the meaning of life. Not to say that I figured out the latter—but the more you consider what automation means, the more human the question becomes.
This book is the most important thing I have ever produced. I feel so strongly about its findings and ideas that I am now working around the clock trying to bring them into the world and make them real. There is a difference between writing a book about something and fighting for it.
An excerpt from the introduction follows below. I hope you are excited to buy a copy of the book and tell your friends. It is only by truly understanding the challenges ahead that we can overcome them together.

Yours,





“The future is right now – it’s just unevenly distributed.”  
 —William Gibson

I am writing from inside the tech bubble to let you know that we are coming for your jobs.
I recently met a pair of old friends for drinks in Manhattan. One is an executive who works at a software company in New York. They replace call center workers with Artificial Intelligence software. I asked her whether she believed her work would result in job losses. She responded matter-of-factly, “We are getting better and better at things that will make large numbers of workers extraneous. And we will succeed. There needs to be a dramatic reskilling of the workforce, but that’s not going to be practical for a lot of people. It’s impossible to avoid a lost generation of workers.” Her confidence in this assessment was total. The conversation then quickly shifted to more pleasant topics. 
I later met with a friend who’s a Boston-based venture capitalist. He told me he felt “a little uneasy” about investing in software and robotics companies that, if successful, would eliminate large numbers of jobs. “But they’re good opportunities,” he noted, estimating that 70% of the startups he’s seeing will contribute to job losses in other parts of the economy.
In San Francisco, I had breakfast with an operations manager for a large tech company. He told me, “I just helped set up a factory that had 70% fewer workers than one even a few years ago would have had, and most of them are high-end technicians on laptops. I have no idea what normal people are going to do in a few years.”
Normal people. Seventy percent of Americans consider themselves part of the middle class. Chance are, you do too. Right now some of the smartest people in the country are trying to figure out how to replace you with an overseas worker, a cheaper version of you, or, increasingly, a widget, software program, or robot. There’s no malice in it. The market rewards business leaders for making things more efficient. Efficiency doesn’t love normal people. It loves getting things done in the most cost-effective way possible.
A wave of automation and job loss is no longer a dystopian vision of the future – it’s well underway. The numbers have been telling a story for a while now that we have been ignoring. More and more people of prime working age have been dropping out of the workforce. There’s a growing mass of the permanently displaced. Automation is accelerating to a point where it will soon threaten our social fabric and way of life.
Experts and researchers project an unprecedented wave of job destruction coming with the development of artificial intelligence, robotics, software and automation. The Obama White House published a report in December 2016 that predicted 83% of jobs where people make less than $20 per hour will be subject to automation or replacement. Between 2.2 and 3.1 million car, bus and truck driving jobs in the U.S. will be eliminated by the advent of self-driving vehicles.
Read that last sentence again: the government is confident that between 2 and 3 million Americans who drive vehicles for a living will lose their jobs in the next ten to fifteen years.Driving a truck is the most common occupation in twenty-nine states. Self-driving vehicles are one of the most obvious job-destroying technologies, but there are similar innovations ahead that will displace cashiers, fast food workers, customer service representatives, administrative assistants and even well-paid white collar jobs like wealth managers, lawyers, and insurance agents, all within the span of a few short years. Suddenly out of work, millions will struggle to find a new job, particularly those at the lower end of the skill ladder.  
Automation has already eliminated about 4 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. since 2000. Instead of finding new jobs, a lot of those people left the workforce and didn’t come back. The U.S. labor force participation rate is now at only 62.9%, a rate below that of nearly all other industrialized economies and about the same as that of El Salvador and Ukraine. Some of this is driven by an aging population, which presents its own set of problems, but much of it is driven by automation and a lower demand for labor.


Each 1 percent decline in the labor participation rate equates to approximately 2.5 million Americans dropping out. The number of working-age Americans who aren’t in the workforce has surged to a record 95 million. Ten years into the nation’s recovery from the financial crisis and 95 million working-age Americans not in the workforce - I’ve taken to calling this phenomenon The Great Displacement.
The lack of mobility and growth has created a breeding ground for political hostility and social ills. High rates of unemployment and underemployment are linked to an array of social problems, including substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, and depression.  Today 40% percent of American children are born outside of married households, due in large part to the crumbling marriage rate among working-class adults, and overdoses and suicides have overtaken auto accidents as leading causes of death. More than half of American households already rely on the government for direct income in some form. In some parts of the U.S., 20% of working age adults are now on disability, with increasing numbers citing mood disorders. What Americans who cannot find jobs find instead is despair. If you care about communities and our way of life, you care about people having jobs.
This is the most pressing economic and social issue of our time; our economy is evolving in ways that will make it more and more difficult for people with lower levels of education to find jobs and support themselves. Soon, these difficulties will afflict the white-collar world. It’s a boiling pot getting hotter one degree at a time. And we’re the frog.
In my role as Founder of Venture for America, I spent the past six years working with hundreds of startups across the country in cities like Detroit, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Providence, Cleveland, Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Birmingham, Columbus, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Charlotte, Miami, Nashville, Atlanta, and Denver. Some of these places were bustling industrial centers in the late 19th and 20th centuries only to find themselves faced with population loss and economic transition as the twentieth century wound down. Venture for America trains young aspiring entrepreneurs to work at startups in cities like these to generate job growth. We’ve had many successes. But the kinds of jobs created tend to be very specific; every business I worked with will hire the very best people it can find – particularly startups. When entrepreneurs start companies and expand, they generally aren’t hiring a down-on-his-or-her-luck-worker-in-need-of-a-break. They are hiring the strongest contributors with the right mix of qualities to help an early-stage company succeed. Most jobs in a startup essentially require a college degree. That excludes 68 percent of the population right there. And some of these companies are lifting further inefficiencies out of the system - reducing jobs in other places even while hiring their own new workers.
There’s a scene in Ben Horowitz’s book The Hard Things about Hard Things in which he depicts the CEO of a company meeting with his two lieutenants. The CEO says to one of them, “You’re going to do everything in your power to make this deal work.” Then he turns to the other and says, “Even if he does everything right, it’s probably not going to work. Your job is to fix it.” That’s where we’re at with the American economy. Unprecedented advances are accelerating in real-time and wreaking havoc on lives and communities around the country, particularly on those least able to adapt and adjust.
We must do all we can to reduce the worst effects of the Great Displacement – it should be the driving priority of corporations, government and non-profits for the foreseeable future. We should invest in education, job training and placement, apprenticeships, relocation, entrepreneurship, and tax incentives – anything to help make hiring and retaining workers appealing. And then we should acknowledge that, for millions of people, it’s not going to work.
In the U.S. we want to believe that the market will resolve most situations. In this case, the market will not solve the problem – quite the opposite. The market is driven to reduce costs. It will look to find the cheapest way to perform tasks. The market doesn’t want to provide for unemployed truck drivers or cashiers. Uber is going to get rid of its drivers as soon as it can. Its job isn’t to hire lots of people – its job is to move customers around as efficiently as possible. The market will continue to throw millions of people out of the labor force as automation and technology improve. In order for society to continue to function and thrive when tens of millions of Americans don’t have jobs, we will need to rethink the relationship between work and being able to pay for basic needs. And then, we will have to determine ways to convey the psychic and social benefits of work in other ways.
There is really only one entity – the federal government - that can realistically reformat society in ways that will prevent large swaths of the country from becoming jobless zones of derelict buildings and broken people. Non-profits will be at the frontlines of fighting the decline, but most of their activities will be like band-aids on top of an infected wound. State governments are generally hamstrung with balanced budget requirements and limited resources.
Even if they don’t talk about it in public, many technologists themselves fear a backlash. My friends in Silicon Valley want to be positive, but many are buying bunkers and escape hatches just in case. One reason that solutions are daunting to even my most optimistic friends is that, while their part of the American economy is flourishing, little effort is being made to distribute the gains from automation and reverse the decline in opportunities. To do so would require an active, stable, invigorated unified federal government willing to make large bets. This, unfortunately, is not what we have. We have an indebted state rife with infighting, dysfunction and outdated ideas and bureaucracies from bygone eras, along with a populace that cannot agree on basic facts like vote totals or climate change. Our politicians offer half-hearted solutions that will at best nibble at the edges of the problem. The budget for Research and Development in the Department of Labor is only $4 million. We have a 1960s-era government that has few solutions to the problems of 2018.
This must change if our way of life is to continue. We need a revitalized, dynamic government to rise to the challenge posed by the largest economic transformation in the history of mankind. 
The above may sound like science fiction to you. But you’re reading this with a supercomputer in your pocket (or reading it on the supercomputer itself) and Donald Trump was elected President. Doctors can fix your eyes with lasers, but your local mall just closed. We are living in unprecedented times. The future without jobs will come to resemble either the cultivated benevolence of Star Trek or the desperate scramble for resources of Mad Max. Unless there is a dramatic course correction, I fear we are heading toward the latter.
Our society has already been shaped by large-scale changes in the economy due to technological advances. It turns out that Americans have been dealing with the lack of meaningful opportunities by getting married less and becoming less and less functional. The fundamental message is that we are already on the edge of dystopia with hundreds of thousands of families and communities being pushed into oblivion.
Education and retraining won’t address the gaps; the goalposts are now moving and many affected workers are well past their primes. We need to establish an updated form of capitalism – I call it Human-Centered Capitalism or Human Capitalism for short – to amend our current version of institutional capitalism that will lead us toward ever-increasing automation accompanied by social ruin. We must make the market serve humanity rather than have humanity continue to serve the market. We must simultaneously become more dynamic and more empathetic as a society. We must change and grow faster than most think possible.
When the next downturn hits, hundreds of thousands of people will wake up to do their jobs only to be told that they’re no longer needed. Their factory or retail store or office or mall or business or truck stop or agency will close. They will look for another job and, this time, they will not find one. They will try to keep up a brave face, but the days and weeks will pass and they will become more and more defeated. They will almost always blame themselves for their lot. They will say things like, “I wish I’d applied myself more in school,” or “I should have picked another job.” They’ll burn through their meager savings. Their family lives and communities will suffer. Some will turn to substance abuse or watch too much TV. Their health will slip – the ailments they’ve been working through will seem twice as painful. Their marriages will fail. They will lose their sense of self-worth. Their physical environments will decay around them and their loved ones will become reminders of their failure.  
For every displaced worker, there will be two or three others who have their shifts and hours reduced, their benefits cut, and their already precarious financial lives pushed to the brink. They will try to consider themselves lucky even as their hopes for the future dim.
Meanwhile, in Manhattan and Silicon Valley and Washington D.C., my friends and I will be busier than ever fighting to stay current and climb within our own hypercompetitive environments. We will read articles with concern about the future and think about how to redirect our children to more fertile professions and livelihoods. We will retweet something and contribute here and there. We will occasionally reflect on the fates of others and shake our heads, determined to be among the winners in whatever the new economy brings.
The logic of the meritocracy is leading us to ruin, because we are collectively primed to ignore the voices of the millions getting pushed into economic distress by the grinding wheels of automation and innovation. We figure they’re complaining or suffering because they’re losers.
We need to break free of this logic of the marketplace before it’s too late.
We must reshape and accelerate society to bring us all to higher ground. We must find new ways to organize ourselves independent of the values that the marketplace assigns to each and every one of us.
As Bismarck said, “If revolution there is to be, let us rather undertake it not undergo it.” Society will change either before or after the revolution. I choose before.
We are more than the numbers on our paychecks – and we are going to have to prove it very quickly.


















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Friends, 
Thank you for your energy and support!  It means the world to me and the team.  
Here at campaign headquarters, we can't believe that The War On Normal People comes out in a few weeks. I cannot tell you how excited I am to have the book out in the world, as it contains the main ideas of the campaign and why I am so passionate about the changes we need to make to get through this stage of history. It’s ambitious to write a book with the intention of moving society in a particular direction, but that was my goal.
We want to get this book into as many hands as possible, so we're working on making it a New York Times bestseller. Every pre-order helps, so if you'd like to buy a copy, now is the time. You can pre-order it here
We'll have plenty of press surrounding the book launch. Fortune and Entrepreneur have asked to run excerpts of the book, and the Daily Beast has asked for an opinion piece. I also did interviews with BusinessInsider, Vice and the Hill. I believe in the book a great deal and can’t wait until April 3rd when it arrives. 
Beyond the book launch, it's been a busy time at HQ—we're in the midst of transitioning to a new, bigger office and staffing up. The response to our launch has continued to be fun and overwhelming, and the media requests keep coming. Last week I made an appearance on Bloomberg
I was also asked to write a piece for NextShark, the #1 site for young Asian Americans. It’s a group near and dear to me for obvious reasons. I wrote a piece that has been shared more than 22,000 times in the week since it was published. 
 
I hope you're as excited as I am by the progress we're making. If you want to support the campaign, remember that you can always make a donation, share our campaign video, and tell everyone you know about the policies you care about most. Let's build the future we want to see! 
Yours gratefully,
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