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Andrew Yang參選2020美國總統 - Pride month


This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. In some ways, we as a country have made great strides in providing equal rights to LGBTQ+ individuals, highlighted by the decision in Obergefell in 2015. That Supreme Court decision had a tangible, positive impact on the lives of millions of Americans who were looking to receive equal recognition from their government for their families.
However, we can do a lot better at implementing policies that would make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ Americans. This is one of the reasons I think the Freedom Dividend of $1,000 a month is the best policy for advancing our country.
A recent survey of LGBTQ+ individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 found that 1 out of 10 had experienced homelessness within the previous 12 months. This is driven in large part by losing support from their families simply for being who they are. The Freedom Dividend would provide these individuals with resources in order to start building their lives by moving to a new area or finding housing.
Additionally, passing a Medicare for All law with strong protections and coverage for all Americans would be especially beneficial to the LGBTQ+ community. This group often faces issues getting health insurance, or receiving treatment without facing discrimination. This is especially true for mental health issues, which are faced at triple the rate seen in the rest of the population. Under my presidency, everyone would have access to quality care that would address all issues without judgment or discrimination.
Everyone would also be free to serve in the military during my administration. Many generals and admirals agree that the current administration's ban on transgender military service harms combat effectiveness and compromises the military's values. I would be honored and humbled to serve as Commander in Chief to any patriot who is willing to sacrifice everything in order to protect our country.
Every American should be free to live the life that they want to live, without fear of homelessness, or being denied quality medical care, or being denied the honor of serving in our military. We can do better for LGBTQ+ Americans and all Americans.
We are all human, love is love, and people are people.
Andrew Yang's Signature
-AndrewHello and thank you for the support!  It means a ton to us.
This weekend was a lot of fun.  We started in Seattle where we were greeted by a crowd of thousands.
Andrew Yang, with Seattle in the background, delivers a speech to
supporters
The rally in Seattle was enormous on a beautiful day.  We made the evening news, which is always great.  I enjoy the thought of people turning on their evening news and seeing a crowd of thousands of their neighbors rallying for the Freedom Dividend and a more human economy.
The YangGang has been strong in Seattle from Day One.  It may be because Seattle itself is being transformed by the advent of technology.  Housing costs have skyrocketed in certain areas.  A friend of mine who works at Amazon said, “It’s no secret that we are trying to make our own jobs obsolete.  Management doesn’t pretend otherwise.”
A neuroscientist in Seattle said to me, “We need Universal Basic Income in the worst way.  The biggest obstacle is the human mind.”  He meant that we are wired for resource scarcity.  He’s right.  Moving people toward abundance is both our greatest challenge and opportunity.
Next, it was on to Detroit, which has been on the receiving end of automation.  It was the epicenter of hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs that have disappeared.  Its population has declined from 1.8 million to less than half that.
I have spent a lot of time in DetroitI’ve been there every year since 2011 with Venture for America. The city has made a lot of progress since then.  We drew hundreds of people to the Detroit Shipping Company.  Among the people I met there were Lacey, a truck driver who sees what is coming down the pike, and Derek, a military vet who has become an activist for mental health issues.
Andrew Yang addresses a crowd of supporters
I learned a lot from the people of Detroit over the years.  They have been doing the hard work building up their neighborhoods and communities.  Some people regard Detroit as a symbol of America’s industrial pastit is more accurately an emblem of America’s future as our economy continues to transform.  Many towns and communities in the Midwest will increasingly resemble Detroit if we automate truck driving and the trucks don’t need to stop anymore.  As Derek said, “It’s incredible what we let happen to Detroit.  Half the suburbs in this country are going to look like Detroit if we don’t do something about it.”
One issue that is common to Detroit and many other communitiesurban blight.  It is expensive to tear down buildings properly.  If a municipal budget goes down, it becomes almost impossible to remove derelict buildings that then bring down property values and become havens for crime.  Detroit alone has about 30,000 derelict homes and buildings, with 30,000 more on the edge of abandonment.  One thing that I will do as President is commit Federal funds to a domestic infrastructure force that can help communities clear out or repurpose derelict buildings for redevelopment.  We need to become better at helping communities reconfigure themselves in the new economy.  It will also create work in many environments.
We will be back in Detroit for the DNC debates in July, and I’m excited for it.
On Sunday, it was on to Minneapolis.  The #YangGang there is strong1,000 people came out to Boom Island Park.  Minnesota has been a blue state for a while, but recently it has become more competitive as many rural voters went to Trump.  Minneapolis is something of the progressive haven in the state.  I talked about why the folks in other parts of the state seem to be increasingly distressed. They see an economy that doesn’t work for them or their kids as rural areas become more depleted and main street stores close.
Andrew Yang's crowd of supporters in Minneapolis
Minnesota votes early in the primaries on Super Tuesday in March.  Also of noteMinneapolis is only 2 hours from the Iowa border.  If the #YangGang gets excited enough, we could draw people from Minnesota to campaign in Iowa ahead of the caucuses.  We will come back to MinneapolisSt. Paul for sure; I enjoyed the heck out of it.
It was invigorating to see so many Americans pumped up about me and the campaign all over the country.  We can make the changes that we seek together if we wake up our fellow citizens to the power that we collectively wield.
Our campaign is gaining steam all of the time.  We were featured on the Today Show this Sunday, and I’ll be doing more media this week.
I am heading to New Hampshire later this week, and then, on May 14th, we will have our biggest rally yet in Washington Square Park in New York City.  Thousands of people from around the country will be there. Tell your friends in New York to make the tripit will be a ton of fun.  We are going to bring the media to the rallylet’s build a crowd that will make them stand up and take notice.  It’s not Left or Right; it’s Forward.
Your forward-looking candidate,
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- Andrew

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I am writing this from LA, where we met with local community leaders and then proceeded to have one of our biggest rallies yet.  2,000+ people came out to celebrate our message, and we made the local LA news.
Andrew Yang addresses a huge crown in LA
It was a blast.  The Humanity First Tour has been a ton of fun. The best thing about our events is the energy and optimism of the people who show up.  Plus our playlist gets better all of the time.
Andrew Yang talks about his policy platform in front of a crown
in LA
The press continues to roll in538 noted that I am one of only 6 candidates to meet both the polling AND donation requirements to make the DNC debates (the others are Buttigieg, Sanders, O'Rourke, Harris, and Warren).  Thank you for making it happen.  USA Today had me at #1 from their readers in terms of candidates they were excited about.
This week we are heading to Nevada, which is the 3rd state to vote for the Democratic nominee.  For those of you who aren’t super into politics (which may describe about 90% of you), the order of states voting goes (dates subject to change):  
  1. Iowa – February 3rd, 2020
  2. New Hampshire – February 11th, 2020
  3. Nevada – February 22nd, 2020
  4. South Carolina – February 29th, 2020
  5. California, Texas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Democrats Abroad* – March 3rd, 2020.  
This is why you always hear about voters in Iowa and New Hampshire in particularbecause they vote first, they have an enormous amount of influence.  Historically, you need to finish at the top of the heap in one or both of those states to win the nomination.  This is in part because the results in early states drive voters in later statesif you do well in the early states, you get much more support, money, and attention every day.  By the time the calendar gets to March, the nomination is often down to 1 or 2 candidates. 
This time, that may hold true again.  But there is some thought that the nomination calendar will stretch through the Spring and Summer in 2020 because the field is so fragmented that it will be hard for any one candidate to achieve a majority.  This is particularly true given that superdelegateswho went en masse for Hillary Clinton last timecannot vote until the 2nd round of voting at the Democratic convention in Milwaukee in July, a change they made to give more power to grassroots voters.  Some believe that there will be a contested convention where no one has a majority and there will be a big negotiation to determine the nominee.
It is hard to knowa field this big on the Democratic side is unprecedented.  We are in uncharted territory.
It’s one reason the opportunity for us is so historic.
One thing to note about the scenario aboveif we get a significant number of delegates, we could be in position to ride into Milwaukee in position to decide the Democratic nominee.  Universal Basic Income, updated economic measurements, and a more modern approach to AI as part of the Democratic Party platform?
Sounds good to me.  It’s very achievable.
To get there, we need to win support everywhere, but particularly in the early states.  I am excited to campaign in Nevadawhere we already are at 3% supportthis week and Iowa later this week.  This will be my 11th trip to Iowa and we now have many friends there.  I believe that we will outperform any polling in the early states in part because we are attracting folks who will be voting for the first time in a Democratic caucus or primary.  But we still have a lot of work to do.
The goal is to win.  We can do it.  History is providing us a golden opportunity.  Let’s make the most of it.
Our crowds get bigger all of the time.  With you behind us we will make history in 2020.
Andrew Yang's Signature
-Andrew

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Humanity First Tour - Andrew Yang comes to Boston, MA!

Join presidential candidate Andrew Yang in Boston, MA on Wednesday, April 10th, for the second stop in his Humanity First tour.

With automation threatening one-third of all American jobs, it's time the country started talking seriously about real solutions.

You can learn more about Andrew's platform at yang2020.com, and check out his features in Rolling Stone, New York Times, Huffington Post, and CNBC - or podcasts with The Breakfast Club and Joe Rogan.

We hope to see you there!

Doors open at 5pm. Limited seating will be available.


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Thank you for your support!  It means a ton to us.  I hope to see as many of you as possible on the Humanity First Tour.  It kicks off this weekend—check out the event calendar here.
The first stop is this Sunday in New Hampshire, where I'll be doing a town hall with Lawrence Lessig.  He ran for President as a Democrat in 2016, focusing on campaign finance and electoral reforms because he believes they are necessary to fix the biggest threats to our democracy.  I must say that he makes persuasive points on these issues, and I agree with him on a lot of the solutions.  When I'm elected, I'll bring public financing to elections throughDemocracy Dollars and electoral reform through Ranked Choice Voting.  If you can be in Concord this weekend, please do come.
Every day, more people are waking up to the need to fundamentally shift the way we shape our economy.  I am passionate about our need to evolve because I am convinced that we are automating away the most common jobs in our country, and we must adapt.  My book on automation and the future, The War on Normal People, came out in paperback earlier this week.  I have appended an entire chapter of the book below.  It will give you a sense of what I see coming.  If you don't have a copy yet, now is a great time to pick one upwith your help, it can make the bestseller lists. (Amazon | IndieBound)
Your grateful candidate,
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-Andrew
Chapter 6
White Collar Jobs Will Disappear, Too
Here’s an article written in 2017 about an earnings report for a jam company, J.M. Smucker:
EPS Estimates Down for J.M. Smucker In Past Month
Over the past three months, the consensus estimate has sagged from $1.25. For the fiscal year, analysts are expecting earnings of $5.75 per share. A year after being $1.37 billion, analysts expect revenue to fall 1% year-over-year to $1.35 billion for the quarter. For the year, revenue is expected to come in at $5.93 billion.
A year-over-year drop in revenue in the fourth quarter broke a three-quarter streak of revenue increases.
The company has been profitable for the last eight quarters, and for the last four, profit has risen year-over-year by an average of 16%. The biggest boost for the company came in the third quarter, when profit jumped by 32%.
Notice anything off about the piece? The prose isn’t going to win any awards. But it’s perfectly understandable. As it turns out, the article was written by AI.
A company called Narrative Science produces thousands of earnings previews and stock updates for Forbes and recaps of sports stories for fantasy sports sites in real-time. The company’s bots won’t be winning any Pulitzers in investigative reporting, but in the coming years, the quality of AI-produced writing will go from acceptable to very good—and those journalists who write routine stories like this will find their jobs increasingly at risk.
We tend to think of automation as displacing blue-collar workers with jobs that involve basic, repetitive skills. The truth is a little bit more complicated than that. The important categories are not white-collar vs. blue-collar or even cognitive skills vs. manual skills. The real distinction is routine vs. non-routine. Routine jobs of all stripes are those most under threat from AI and automation, but in time more categories of job will be affected. Doctors, lawyers, accountants, wealth advisors, traders, journalists and even artists and psychologists who perform routine activities are threatened by automation technologies in the coming years. Some of the most highly-educated jobs are actually among the most likely to become obsolete. Some of these threatened workers, like investment advisors, may find themselves surprised to be on the chopping block after supporting the profit-growing potential of automated technologies.
A friend of mine is a radiologist at Columbia University. He told me a story about how the chair of his department was recently invited to General Electric to take part in a demonstration where humans would compete with computers to read patient films. GE invited doctors with decades of experience, the tops in their field, to see whether the doctors could more effectively diagnose tumors based on radiology films than a computer.
Guess who won?
The computer won quite easily. It turns out a software program can ‘see’ a shade of gray on a film that is invisible to the human eye. The computer can also draw on millions of films to compare it with, a much larger reference set than even the most experienced doctor.
We are entering an age of super-intelligent computers that can take any complex data set—every legal precedent, radiology film, asset price, financial transaction, actuarial table, Facebook like, customer review, resume bullet, facial expression, etc.—synthesize it and then perform tasks and make decisions in ways that are as good or better than the smartest human in the vast majority of cases. To think that this will not dramatically change the way organizations perform work and the employment of people is to ignore the way companies operate. Companies are paid to perform certain tasks, not employ lots of people. Increasingly, employing lots of people will mean that you’re behind the times.
During my brief tenure as a corporate attorney when I started my career back in 1999, I practiced at Davis Polk and Wardwell, one of the top firms in the world. When we were assigned a deal, the first thing we would do is look for whatever deal precedent we had in the system that was most similar. We used to joke about how much of what we did was ‘finding and replacing’ terms in a contract.
There is a lot of repetitive functioning in what we consider high-end professional jobs—what I call Intellectual Manual Labor. A doctor, lawyer, accountant, dentist or pharmacist will go through years of training and then do the same thing over and over again in slightly different variations. Much of the training is to socialize us into people who can sit still for long periods and behave and operate consistently and reliably. We wear uniforms—either white coats or business suits. We are highly rewarded by the market—paid a lot—and treated with respect and deference for accruing our expertise and practice.
Basically, we are trained and prepped to become more like machines. But we’ll never be as good as the real thing.
A chart of changes in the labor market, showing the disappearance
of middle-skill jobs
The Federal Reserve categorizes about 62 million jobs as routine—or approximately 44% of total jobs. The Fed calls the disappearance of these middle-skill jobs “Job Polarization,” meaning we will be left with low-end service jobs and high-end cognitive jobs and very little in-between. This trend goes hand-in-hand with the disappearance of the American middle class and the startlingly high income inequality in the U.S.
The vanishing jobs are due in part to the incredible development of both computing power and artificial intelligence. You might have heard of Moore’s Law, which is that computing power grows exponentially, doubling every 18 months.
A chart showing the exponential growth of computing power
It’s hard to understand what exponential growth means over time. Take the example of a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle’s efficiency. If it had advanced according to Moore’s Law, the vehicle, in 2015, would be able to go 300,000 miles per hour and get two million miles per gallon of gas. That’s what’s happening with computers. People didn’t think Moore’s Law could hold for the past 50 years, but it has and computers continue to get smarter. Intel, Microsoft, Google and IBM are investing in quantum computers—computers that store information on subatomic particles—that would extend Moore’s Law for years to come.
We are just now hitting the rapid ascent of computers that are unfathomably fast and powerful. When the IBM Computer “Deep Blue” defeated the world’s foremost chess master in 1996, people were impressed, but not that impressed. Chess is a game where there is a very large but finite number of moves and possibilities, and if you have enough computing power you can project out all of the next possible steps.
Go is another story. Go is a 3,000 year-old Chinese game with theoretically infinite moves. In order to beat the world’s best Go players, an AI would need to use something resembling judgment and creativity in addition to pure computation. In 2015, Google’s DeepMind beat the world’s best Go player and then did it again in 2017 against other world champions. Go champions looked at the DeepMind strategies and said that it used moves and tactics no one had ever seen before.
New kinds of Artificial Intelligence are emerging that can do much of what we now consider intelligent and creative. You might have heard the term Machine Learning, which is an application of AI where you give machines access to data and let them learn for themselves what the best methods are. Machine Learning is particularly powerful because you don’t have to prescribe the exact actions and routes. You set guidelines and then the AI starts synthesizing data and making choices and recommendations. Some of the early applications of Machine Learning include tagging images, spam filtering, finding keywords in documents, detecting outliers for credit card fraud, recommending stock trades and other rules-based tasks.  
Machine Learning is often used in conjunction with another term you’ve heard—Big Data. Because of the digital revolution, we now have access to much more information than at any point in history, and the rate of new information is growing exponentially. One estimate is that more data has been created in the past two years than in the entire history of the human race. For example, we perform 40,000 search queries every second just on Google, which adds up to 1.2 trillion searches per year, each of which represents a new piece of information. By 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of information will be created every second for every human being on the planet.
Much of this information is mundane—a catalog of people clicking on friends’ photos on Instagram and the like. But the point is that in this flood of new data, there will be very useful pieces of actionable information. The author Yuval Harari postulates a world where, based on analyzing your online data, an AI could tell you which person you should choose to marry. There is now big money pouring into trying to process all of this information—one estimate is that a typical Fortune 1000 company could make another $65 million a year by increasing its use of data by 10%, and that only half-of-one-percent (0.5%) of available data is presently analyzed and used. Another estimate is that the healthcare system could save $300 billion per year—or $1,000 per citizen per year—with improved use of data.
Industries that utilize large amounts of data—like financial services—are already being transformed to take advantage of new capabilities. The finance industry is in many ways a natural home for automation; the tasks are highly repetitive and logical, the institutions are rich and efficiency-minded, and the culture is hypercompetitive. Founded in 2008, Betterment is an automated investment service that by 2017 had more than $9 billion under management. With lower fees and automated investment decisions, Betterment and its competitor Wealthfront largely replace the traditional financial advisor. Said the Financial Times, “Younger clients don’t want, and can’t afford, an annual meeting with an adviser talking about the relative pros and cons of emerging markets, bonds or structured products. They want simple guidance and 24-hour access . . .they don’t want advice delivered in an office, they want an app.” By 2020, global assets under management of robo-advisors is projected to skyrocket to $8.1 trillion, and 72% of investors under 40 said they would be comfortable working with a virtual advisor.
5,500 floor traders once roamed the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Now there are fewer than 400, as most trading jobs have been taken over by servers running trading algorithms. Those scenes you see on CNBC are not of the New York Stock Exchange but of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where they still have enough humans to make a good backdrop. Goldman Sachs went from 600 NYSE traders in 2000 to just 2 in 2017 supported by 200 computer engineers. In 2016, the president of the financial service firm State Street predicted that 20% of his 32,000 employees would be automated out of jobs in the next 4 years. A new AI for Investors platform called Kensho has been adopted by the major investment banks that does the work that used to be done by investment banking analysts to write detailed reports based on global events and company data—Kensho is valued at $500 million after less than 4 years in business. With Kensho, a report that would have taken 40 hours for a highly educated human being paid $250,000 per year can now be done in minutes. Accordingly, Bloomberg reported that Wall Street reached “peak human” in 2016 and will now shed jobs progressively, which has been borne out by layoffs this year at most of the major banks.
The insurance industry, which employs 2.5 million Americans, revolves around processing information, which also makes it particularly ripe for automation. McKinsey predicts a massive diminution in insurance staffing across the board, particularly in their operations and sales agent departments, projecting a 25% total decrease in employment by 2025. That will mean hundreds of thousands fewer white-collar workers in cities around the country.
Accountants and bookkeepers are vulnerable, too. One accountant described switching from billing per hour to monthly retainers because cloud accounting software was automatically doing the bookkeeping and he suddenly wasn’t spending any time on it. There are 1.7 million bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks in the US and an additional 1.2 million accountants and auditors. Bookkeepers and clerks are already starting to disappear. Accountants talk bravely about shifting their time to advise clients on financial strategy. I’ve employed half-a-dozen accountants in my life and most of the time you just want to get your taxes done and filed.  
Even numbers that revolve more around words than numbers are at risk. A Deloitte report in 2016 projected that 39% of jobs in the legal sector will be automated and that the industry should expect “profound reforms” in the next 10 years. In particular, paralegals and legal secretaries are expected to be replaced, and overall employment in the sector is expected to shrink as many law firms will contract or consolidate. When I went to law school in the late 90s, people regarded it as a safe career move. Today, law schools churn out many more graduates than the market requires and the market for their services is shrinking. A friend of mine runs an AI company that is automating basic litigation tasks—routine responses, filings and document review—for large companies, who won’t need to hire as many freshly-minted lawyers as a result.  
I met with Cliff Dutton, the Chief Innovation Officer of a global legal processing company, who described how human attorneys have about a 60% precision rate reviewing boxes of legal documents. I remember performing document review as a young associate—my eyes glazed over after a couple of hours even when I was trying hard to focus. The comparable rate for AI-enabled software is already closer to 85% accuracy, and it’s a lot faster than a team of lawyers could ever be.
Even more than lawyers, doctors have built up their expertise, wisdom and decision-making through many painstaking years of both training and practice. Yet I asked a high-end doctor friend who attended MIT and Harvard how much of medical practice he thought could be performed via automation. He said, “At least 80% of it is ‘cookbook.’ You just do what you know you’re supposed to do. There’s not much imagination or creativity to most of medicine.”
I sat with a technologist to project which aspects of medicine were most ripe for automation. His responses were radiology (as above), pathology (very similar), family medicine (a nurse practitioner or even layperson could handle most issues with the assistance of AI), dermatology (similar) and a couple other specialties. He also talked about how surgeons he knew enjoyed the robot-assisted operating theatre, because it greatly enhanced their vision and ability to see things and the robot tools automatically accounted for unwanted movements and motions like a trembling hand. Also, students who were meant to train could see everything without being in the room, and the surgeon could review his procedure after the fact.
I asked if doctors could potentially perform surgeries from remote locations. He responded, “Eventually. Right now doctors want to be nearby and the latency of long-distance data transmission still could cause delays or lags.” Still, he agreed that robo-assisted surgery will soon open up the ability for a top surgeon to perform surgeries around the world. It also means that you can 'record' surgeries and all of the micro-decisions that surgeons make. With that data, eventually AI could analyze thousands of surgeries and know what to do in every situation. The first robot dental implantation—with no human intervention—just took place in China in September, 2017. The robot went in and installed two new implants that had been printed by a 3-D printer. Robot super-surgeons might be one generation away.  
Most people assume that humans will always have the advantage over AI when it comes to work that requires creativity, like painting or music, and jobs that requires nuanced, sensitive human interaction, like therapy. In fact, Google’s neural network, a computer system modeled to “think” like a human, has produced art that could easily be confused for a human being’s, like the work below. You can also check out a symphony online that was composed by a software program, Iamus, which many listeners found indiscernible from a human composition when it was performed. Google “Adsum” by Iamus and take a listen.
A landscape drawn by AI
You might have figured that therapy would be the last province of automation. If so, you were wrong. USC researchers funded by the Department of Defense in 2016 created an Artificial Intelligence therapist named ‘Ellie’ to treat veterans for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Ellie appears as a video avatar and provides soothing questions and responses. Ellie measures voice tone and facial expressions to try and identify whether a soldier needs to seek additional treatment with a human counselor. Early research is promising and indicates that soldiers often feel more comfortable confiding in a clearly artificial therapist than an actual human being. Ellie is meant to be a complement to human therapists—but one can easily imagine her checking in with patients in between appointments and taking on more over time.
When I was thirteen, I had to have 4 teeth pulled in preparation for wearing braces. I was actually kind of excited about it because I saw my Dad’s teeth and was like, “Whatever it takes, let’s not have those.” I remember going to the dentist and wondering what kind of magic he would employ to pull the teeth. Not much—Dr. Goodman just put some pliers on the first tooth and yanked and jerked until it came out. The second one was stubborn and he had to shift positions a few times—I remember him putting his foot on my chest and yanking away.
I walked away thinking, “Wow, dentists have to be kind of strong to do what they do.” Also, my jaw hurt.
I tell this story because often the boundary between what we consider intellectual and manual work will be unclear. Surgeons are among the highest-trained, most highly-compensated doctors because cutting people open is a big deal. Yet their highest value work is, for the most part, manual and mechanical. My surgeon friends often swear off activities like basketball because they are worried they’ll hurt their fingers or hands.
Some jobs might not go away the instant new technology arrives that could replace them. Much of how automation unfolds in medicine is dependent upon regulations and licensing. It is presently illegal to do many things without a doctor or pharmacists’ license. This is very likely to be a field where technical innovation far outstrips implementation because doctors will fight the steps and they have a very powerful lobby. They will argue that no one is as good for a patient as a highly-trained human doctor, even in the face of dramatic evidence to the contrary as artificial intelligence improves. Some patients also might prefer seeing a human doctor, though I suspect this preference will fade over time.     
There are many obstacles to AI truly becoming broadly intelligent—one neuroscientist described most systems today as being better than a human could ever be at one specific task and dumber than a two-year old at anything else. Still, our conception of what is beyond the capacity of a computer is about to change. There is a lot of white-collar and creative work that can be automated. In startups, we have a saying of what to do when you’re not sure what the answer is —“Throw money at the problem.” Soon, the answer to everything will be “Throw AI at the problem.”  
If you think your job is safe from computers, you’ll probably be wrong eventually. The purpose and nature of work is going to change a lot in the next ten years. The question is what will drive this change aside from the fact that fewer of us will have jobs to go to.
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It is the end of the quarter, and we have to report our fundraising numbers publicly.  I have to show that we can raise money and contend at the highest levels.  This is one of our final steps in making sure we reach the September debates, get invited to town halls, and get covered in the media.
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Hello, I hope you had a great weekend!
I just spent 3 days last week campaigning in New Hampshire.  I met with the Editorial Board of the Conway Daily Sun and spoke to the Plymouth Democrats, which was broadcast on C-SPAN.  I was accompanied for much of the trip by Steve Marchand, who ran for governor of New Hampshire in 2018.
Andrew Yang sits with Steve Marchand, in a room surrounded by
Plymouth, NH, democrats, in a town hall setting
I learned a lot.  There’s a high school in northern New Hampshire that had only 4 students in its graduating class.  Some of the towns in the north have lost as much as half of their population in the past twenty years.  An Ethan Allen furniture manufacturing plant and a paper mill both closed in the past number of years, impacting hundreds of workers each.  When the plants closed, new jobs were hard to come by and many people left.
Northern New Hampshire is heavily rural.  It’s beautiful country.  But the issues facing the region are similar to those facing other rural areas.  Brian Bresnahan told me that opioid addiction is rampant.  New Hampshire has the 3rd highest rate of opioid addiction and overdoses in the country, about two times the national average, right behind West Virginia and Ohio.
What is the path forward for these towns?  It may be one of the central challenges of the 21st century.  We need to do all we can to address this challenge for the sake of our shared future.
I also spent time with Fred Ramey, an ex-convict who coaches other ex-convicts on how to re-integrate into society.  He has an inspiring storyhe is now a truck driver and small business owner who is thriving.  He spent 3-and-a-half years in jail for stealing cars as a teenager and struggled with substance abuse throughout his twenties. He suggests providing businesses with tax incentives to hire ex-convicts to give people a second chance.  I love the idea, but I have a feeling that it won’t be enough.  Businesses aren’t designed to give people second chances, and it’s going to get tougher and tougher for many people with a criminal record to get their foot in the door.
Andrew Yang stands in front of a truck with Fred Ramey, a truck
driver
The trip wasn’t all work.  I went snowmobiling for the first time with Steve, which was a lot of fun.
Andrew Yang riding a snow mobile through the woods of New
Hampshire
New people are discovering the campaign all of the time.  Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert both featured the campaign in their monologues, and the New York TimesCNBCFiveThirtyEight, and others wrote features about us last week.  FiveThirtyEight now considers me a ‘major candidate’ and the New York Times broke the news that we are exploring having a hologram of me traveling the battleground states in the Midwest so I can be in multiple places at once.
TONIGHT we head to Chicago for a big rally.  If you have friends there, let them know!  It’s an exciting time on the campaign.  
A few fun things for you:
First, we just released MATH Hats, yard signs, and posters in our store. We sold over 1,000 MATH Hats in their first day on sale so they are quite the hot seller.  Grab your gear today and let’s Make America Think Harder.
Second, my book The War on Normal People releases on paperback on April 2nd.  It looks like we are in striking distance of the bestseller list.  If you’re looking for a gift, it would make a great one. (Amazon | Local Independent Booksellers)
Last and most importantly, March 31st is a filing deadline for the campaign and we need to show that we are serious.  We have raised over $1.1 million since Feb 12 from almost 70,000 different donors with an average donation of under $20.  We want to get the first two of those numbers upwe are targeting 200,000 donors by the June debates.  So if you were planning on giving to the campaign or bugging a friend, now is the right time.  We'll have some fun ideas coming out this week to rally the Yang Gang around this, and note that swag purchases count as donations.
Thank you for your belief and support.  It means the world to me and the team.  You all have given us the chance to make history.  Let’s take full advantage of it.
Your grateful candidate,
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-Andrew
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Hello all.  What a week!  I spent the first half of the week in Iowa where we had over a dozen events across the state.
A poll came out recently that showed we have a LONG way to go in the state.  Most Iowans still have never heard of me.  We are changing that.
This week helped.  We had events across the state in Mason City, Waukon, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Boone, Clive, Des Moines, Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City.  The crowds were a lot bigger than they were the last time I was in the state:
Andrew Yang is at an event with supporters, taking pictures with
a fewAndrew Yang at Prarie Lights, a book store in Iowa City, talking
about his platform to a room of supporters
Visiting Iowa was a blast.  Here’s the test: if we can get 40,000+ people in Iowa fired up about our message, it will sweep the country in 2020.  We are now hiring for and opening a new office in Des Moines.  We are also awarding the Freedom Dividend in Iowaif you know someone in the state who would benefit from receiving $1,000 a month, please nominate them here.  I’ve already agreed to headline events in Iowa in both April and May.  And it looks like I may have convinced my family that Iowa is a great place to spend Spring Break.
I am heading to New Hampshire next week for the 10th time.  I love New Hampshire, toomy town hall there has been viewed over 100,000 times.  Iowa and New Hampshire are like catapults that can launch a candidate all the way to the White House.  In a crowded field of 15+ candidates, perhaps 5 or 6 will be considered viable after both Iowa and New Hampshire vote next February.  So if you have friends in either state, reach out and tell them about me.  
Both Iowa and New Hampshire, along with nearly the entire country, are struggling with opiates.  A student asked me this question in Marshalltown, Iowa: “I have friends walking around my high school with fentanyl patches on their arms who are already addicted to opiates.  A lot of them would never tell anyone they have a problem because they think they’d go to jail.  Would you consider decriminalizing opiates?  I think more people would be able to get help.”  
I answered:  “I’m on board with decriminalizing marijuana usein part because it’s a safer way to manage pain for many peoplebut I have to look into what decriminalizing opiates would mean for Americans.  I’d be open to it if it seemed like it would help us get people healthier faster.”    
I’ve been looking into it.  A couple other countries have taken this step and it has improved public health.  Portugal decriminalized these drugs in 2001; if caught with a small amount of opiates, you have the drugs taken away and are referred to treatment and counseling.  This had dramatic positive effectstoday, the drug-related death rate in Portugal is five times lower than the E.U. average and one-fiftieth (2%) of the US.  Portugal is not the US.  But its example may be helpful.  
We have an addiction crisis on our hands.  More than 11 million Americans are addicted to opiates right now.  8 Americans are dying of drug overdoses every hour.  
For many Americans, the progression goes from Oxycontin to heroin to fentanyl, progressively cheaper ways to get similar effects.  This opiate crisis began when Purdue Pharma flooded the market with enough Oxycontin for hundreds of thousands of Americans under the pretense that it was a non-addictive painkiller.  They were fined $635 million by the government for fraudulent marketing.  But they made $30 billion.  That means they paid a 2% fine for unleashing a plague that is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year. That's more Americans than died in the Vietnam War.  
To me, the Federal Government screwed up by turning a blind eye when Purdue Pharma was initiating this plague.  We should do everything in our power to give more Americans a fighting chance to free themselves from addiction and get well.  It is destroying families and communities before our eyes.  
It is possible that criminalizing opiates decreases access and use.  But for a public health crisis of this magnitude, the criminal justice system seems to be a terrible first resort.  It pushes a lot of the activity underground and makes addicts more likely to hide their addiction.  Addiction is a diseaseyou shouldn't criminalize people that you are trying to help.  Especially when it may be partially your fault that they got addicted in the first place. 
I am increasingly open to the idea that we should explore decriminalizing opiates to some extent in order to more effectively address the public health crisis.  We have to face facts.  Millions of Americans are using these drugs right now.  The priority should be doing all we can to help, not punishing people and pushing the behavior into the dark.  Portugal may have gotten it right.    
Friday night we have a rally in San Franciscothousands of people have signed up for our biggest event yet.  UFC fighter Leslie Smith will be thereso cool!  We are expanding the Humanity First Tour to rallies around the country, so if you would like us to visit, please join the Yang Gang and we will come your way.  We are building a movement.  It will be hard to ignore crowds of thousands rallying for a human-centered economy across the country.
We are still celebrating having broken through the 65,000 individual donor threshold more than 2 months before the May 15th deadline.  Thank you for making that happen!  Our new goal is to get 200,000 individual donations so we make the 3rd debate in September.  The DNC hasn’t released its criteria yet, but the goal is to clear whatever bar they set.  Polling will be one of the criteria, so tell a friend about me today.  This campaign has just begun and is growing every day.
Your fired up candidate,
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-Andrew
Thank you for the help and supportwe appreciate it a great deal.  
I spent the weekend in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland meeting with supporters in Ohio. I’d visited Ohio during the Humanity First tour a few months backthis time the crowds were a bit bigger:  
Andrew Yang addresses a crowd at a meadery in Ohio
Among my stops was an event with the Euclid NAACP, where I met with a number of activists.  We discussed Dr. King's support for Universal Basic Income before he was assassinated in 1968.
Andrew Yang stands with representatives from the Euclid, OH,
NAACP
I got back Sunday night and then went to New Hampshire for a town hall with dozens of New Hampshire voters, hosted by WMUR, the ABC affiliate in New Hampshire and the only national broadcast affiliate in the state.  The town hall will air in its entirety at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Everywhere I went, there was a certain energy.  I am being recognized on the street more and more.  When I was clearing security at the Cleveland airport, the TSA agent did a double-take and said, “You’re Andrew Yang!  You’re my #2 to Bernie.”  I thought that was pretty good in the scheme of things.
We recently hired Madalin Sammons, former Communications Director from the Richard Ojeda campaign, as Press Secretary.  Thank goodness we have Maddie, as we have been inundated with press requests from CNN, Fox, and others.  You’ll be seeing more of me on media outlets soon.  
The media is picking up on us in part because we are on track to make the DNC debate stage in June!  Thank you to all of you for making this happen.  We just cleared 32,500 donationshalfway to the 65,000 needed to qualifyand we have more than two months to go.  The team designed this amazing progress meter for the website:
An animated Andrew Yang moves across a progress bar, showing his
total number of donors
If you haven’t done so, please do tell some friends to donate so my little animated self can reach the podium.  It will then put on a Superman cape and fly into the sky dropping dollar billsor something like that.  After we get to 65,000, we will find a way to celebrate with all of you.  
I am doing an AMA on Reddit /r/politics this Thursday, along with Tucker Carlson on Friday, and much more press this week. Then I'm off to Austin, Texas, for SXSW and a big rallylet your friends in the area know.
It is a surreal experience walking into a room filled with hundreds of people who are excited to see you.  It looks like I may have to get used to it pretty quickly.  
Let’s show what we can do,
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-Andrew
Sadly, we've had a major travel conflict and cannot make it to Boston tonight for our event at Boston College.
We are still on for tomorrow night at Harvard at 8pm; hopefully some of you can make that event instead. In the meantime, we're working on our ability to teleport so we can avoid this in the future :-)
Thanks Boston - hope to see you soon.
Team Yang2020
My team and I are excited to be back in Boston this week, hosting two different events:
Join me for a conversation about our vision, the campaign, and the need for big ideas to solve the challenges of today.
If you can't make it but want to get involved in our fight, email Carly@yang2020.com to learn about how we are building Yang Gangs around the country.
Hope to see you this week!
Andrew
Hello and thank you for the support!  
I’m writing this from Des Moinesit’s been a tremendous trip.  I had the opportunity to address the Democratic legislators of Iowa at the State Capitol yesterday.  They greeted me with a standing ovation, which was a welcome surprise.  The backdrop, the audience, and the reception made me feel positively Presidential.  
Andrew Yang is in a room addressing legislators from Iowa
I spoke to the legislators about why Democrats are struggling in Iowawhy Donald Trump won their previously bluish/purple state by almost 10 points in 2016 and why they are now in the minority.  Iowa has lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs and 12,000 retail jobs in the past years, and 3 of their 17 malls are in danger of closing.  The Freedom Dividend would increase the consumer economy in Iowa by $16 billion and create 40,000 new jobsit would be a game-changer for rural communities.  It would empower and compensate women who do more of the work that is unrecognized each and every day.  It would rebuild their main street economies and give their children a path forward.  The questions I got from the lawmakers were very positivethey know what is happening in their state.
Afterwards, I met with Janet Petersen, the Democratic Senate leader, and I was deeply impressed.  She is doing a phenomenal job leading the party here in Iowa amid difficult terrain.  She has also started a maternal and infant health organization which gives you a sense of where her heart is.
I went from there to the Fox affiliate in Des Moines for a studio interview in Iowa’s biggest media market.  The news anchor said something interesting: “I’ve interviewed every presidential candidate who has run in the past 20 years except for Donald Trump.  He didn’t need us.”  In a way, that shows what the Democrats are up against.  Donald Trump’s bully pulpit will make him formidable in 2020. 
Andrew Yang being interviewed on a local Fox Affiliate in Des
Moines
After the interview, we had a meet and greet with Story County Democrats and at Simpson College and Central College.  Everywhere we went, there was evidence that our word of mouth in Iowa is growing:
“Doug told me I had to come meet you.”
“My friend in Iowa City said that you were her favorite candidate.”
“I drove here to see you and started a Yang Gang chapter at my college.”  
This is our 8th trip to Iowa, and it shows.  In my previous trips, I’ve spoken at events that had hundreds of Democrats and activists in attendance: the Wing Ding in Clear Lake, Johnson County Barbecue near Iowa City, and Progress Iowa in Des Moines.  We’ve now reached thousands of Iowans in-person across the state.
Andrew Yang speaks with college students about his platform
The people here understand their responsibility to shape the future of the country, and they take it very seriously.  With their help, we are going to shock the world in 2020.  No one will see us coming.
On Friday, Richard Ojeda, one of the other declared Democratic candidates for President, ended his campaign. He will be working on veterans’ issues and may run for another position in West Virginia, where he is very popular. He felt that his campaign wasn’t going to succeed and that he couldn’t take money from people who needed it.  
I first learned of Richard from a friend who was supporting his Congressional campaign.  Richard has an inspirational story.  He was an army paratrooper who has completed combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  After heading home to West Virginia, he decided to run for State Senate as a Democrat. As you may know, West Virginia is not a very friendly environment for Democrats.  Yet Richard won the seat because people in West Virginia could see what he’s about.  His patriotism is 100% evident.  One journalist called him "JFK with tattoos and a bench press.
Richard Ojeda at a lectern
Richard then supported the teachers’ strike in West Virginia – the teachers hadn’t received a raise in 5 years.  That strike was ultimately successful and set an example for others around the country. 
Richard became so popular that he ran a competitive race for Congress in West Virginia against a Republican who was heavily endorsed by Trump and the GOP.  I made a donation to Richard’s Congressional campaign because I thought that he was an awesome example of someone trying to do right by his community and he broadened what it meant to be a Democrat – he had voted for Donald Trump. Richard ended up falling short but lost by only 13 points in a district that Donald Trump had won by 49 points.  
Richard wasn’t done.  He decided to run for President last November as the voice of the working class.  I didn’t donate this time for obvious reasons, but I was very glad to have him in the race.  He’s a good man, a true patriot, and has a persona and perspective that is missing from much of our politics.  In a word, Richard has guts.  
His message suspending his campaign comes as a heartbreaking disappointment to many of those who supported him.  In it, he says that when he was growing up, his Mom told him that in this country anyone could grow up to be President.  But now he believes that this isn’t true – that if you don’t have vast wealth or influence, it is virtually impossible to become President.  
I called Richard yesterday to congratulate him and tell him that I and many others appreciate what drove his campaign and that we know he will continue to keep on fighting for our country.  
Richard’s story has made me appreciate what we have already accomplished together with this campaign.  We are growing each and every day and our progress is clear on every measure – followers, donations, press mentions, volunteers, even national polling.  The last two weeks alone were some of the busiest weeks we’ve had.  
But Richard’s message made me think for a moment - Is he right that you can’t win the White House without vast wealth and influence?  
I’m obviously someone who should be thinking about this question.  Some in the media make it seem as if I’m an ultra-wealthy venture capitalist.  Hardly.  I’m a guy who has had some success to be sure, but I spent the past 7 years building a non-profit that helped train hundreds of entrepreneurs to work in Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, New Orleans, and other cities across the country.
Andrew Yang poses with a Venture for America fellows class  
With Venture for America, while I was the seed, it was other people who took the idea of rebuilding the country through entrepreneurship and made it a thriving organization that has helped create hundreds of jobs in cities around the country.  
The same has happened with this campaign.  When I declared last year, I was a relative unknown; I’m sure most of you had never heard of me.  But, bit by bit, you have taken the ideas of this campaign and helped us reach the national stage.  Our ideas have taken on a life of their own: that we need to be honest about what is happening with our economy and jobs due to accelerating technological progress.  That we need to build a more human-centered economy and evolve from a mindset of scarcity to one of capacity and abundance.  That we can actually start solving the problems of this era without settling into outdated arguments and solutions that have been proven not to work.  
When this campaign started, I wrote a personal thank you message to each person who donated, no matter the amount.  People were confused at first and most didn’t think it was me.  But I understand what it means to actually take out your credit card and throw your weight and hard-earned money behind something.  It’s a big commitment.  You have to believe that it will make a difference.  
I stopped being able to write these messages both because the number of donations went up – it’s now in the thousands – and my schedule got a lot more hectic.  But I still look at them and tell myself a story about each person. Matthew M., a gym manager in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Caroline E., an engineer in Berkeley, CA.  Charlene M., a musician in Rhode Island. 
What is the limit for this campaign?  Based on what we’ve done, I don’t believe there is one.  We may even prove Richard wrong – that anyone can become President if enough people get behind it.  
There is an easy way to caricature this campaign.  The Asian man that no one has heard of wants to give everyone money.  We sometimes guess what Donald Trump’s nickname for me will be – our bet is Comrade Yang.  We run the risk of being marginalized at every turn.  
But the other way to see this campaign is as the right ideas at the right time with the right people.  And nothing can stop that.  That is the most powerful force in history.  That is our potential.  
This campaign attracts the best people.  I can see our potential.  Nothing will stop us.
Andrew Yang Signature
-Andrew

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It’s been a huge week for the campaign.  The New York TimesCNN, the Washington Post, the LA TimesBusiness Insider, and dozens of TV stations have all included me on their list of declared presidential candidates.  Just this past week, we got a feature treatment in Rolling Stone – one of my favorites – and an article in TIME magazine.
Stephen Colbert discusses the 2020 Presidential field, with
headshots of each candidate on screenRolling Stone magazine publishes an interview with Andrew Yang
In order to achieve our goals, people need to know that I’m an option.  We have broken through to the point where we have been included as a mainstream candidate.  And the enthusiasm is high – we have received tens of thousands of dollars in new donations, and thousands of new visitors and supporters.  
Thank you to all of you for getting us to this point!  We could never have done it without you.  
The media will keep on rolling in.  In addition to Joe Rogan, we are talking to the Daily Show about my making an appearance.  The Washington Post and Esquire are both discussing feature stories, as well.  
This past weekend, I spoke in Washington, D.C., at LibertyCon, a gathering of libertarian students and activists. I debated Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron on the merits of Universal Basic Income.  I spoke about the fact that many of the business relationships between growth and staffing that we’ve taken for granted are now breaking down – companies can now become very successful and profitable while hiring fewer people.  One person came up to me afterwards and said, “You don’t sound like any Democrat I’ve heard before.”  He said that he would start a campaign among libertarians to get me on the debate stage.
Andrew Yang debating Jeff Miron on UBI at LibertyCon 2019
I was pleased to be there in part because it strikes me as necessary to get beyond my bubble and speak to all different groups.  I have already appeared on Fox Business and have a policy of appearing anywhere that is interested in having an honest conversation.  The fact is that 47% of Americans identify as Independents, and many Americans do not feel that the major parties are speaking for them or getting everything right.
We are in dire need of new ideas to help modernize our society and government.  How is it that we can all bank seamlessly online but our voting system still requires us to register weeks in advance, take off from work, wait in line, pull a lever, and hope it is counted?  Why do we have better data on where to put a right fielder in a baseball game than on how effective various government programs are?  Why do we think it’s fine to give institutions hundreds of billions of dollars but balk at our citizens receiving the basic resources to make better decisions?  This campaign is about pushing our government to meet the true challenges of the 21st century.  All Americans have a stake in that.
This weekend, I am heading back out to San Francisco for a couple days before heading to Chicago, Minneapolis, and then 4 days in Iowa.  In Iowa, I will be riding shotgun with a trucker between cities and then speaking at a truck stop.  The future will be here before we know it.  
Let’s make the most of the time we have.  
Yours gratefully,
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-AndrewCome spend it with Andrew and the Yang 2020 Team!  
We are going to ring in the New Year with our favorite people and we'd love for you to join us.     
We'll have an open bar at a private venue (that's not quite a dive bar, but close) in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, with a DJ, dancing, and great people from 9pm til after the ball drops.  Open bar for 4 hours at the best value in NYC because we believe in Humanity :)  
Happy Holidays and look forward to making history with you all,
Andrew and the Yang 2020 Team
Hello all, and thank you for your support!  It means the world to us.  
The team and I just wrapped up the Humanity First Tour in Iowa City on Friday night. It was magic.  We started in Detroit and went to Chicago, New Hampshire, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore before ending up in Iowa.  At each stop there were dozens, sometimes hundreds of wonderful charged up people waiting for us.  Here are a few pictures to give you a sense of the people and the events:
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For video recaps, you can see a number of them on Instagram and Facebook, and more will come soon.  Kudos to my team for making it all happen – nothing is as humbling as when passionate young people work on your behalf schlepping gear around the country.  
It was incredibly energizing for me and the whole team to be greeted with such enthusiasm everywhere we went.  To be honest, we weren’t sure how it would go.  It exceeded our wildest expectations.  Each event was a success and we were blown away by the people we met.   
The press was good too.  The tour was covered nationally in The Hill and The Young Turks and we received local coverage in New Hampshire and Iowa as well as Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Baltimore. We estimate that several million people found out about the campaign in the past week.  I did a number of local interviews that will appear in the coming days as well.   
On a personal level, I found myself getting stronger on the road.  Delivering a similar message every day, you learn what works.  Each day, we would break down the video of the event from the night before and hone both the message and my delivery.  It’s probably a bit what it’s like to be a musician on tour.  I spent a lot of time in a mini-bus and was someplace different every night.  But instead of playing music, I was telling the truth about what’s happening in our country and where we must go.  
The Tour energized both me and my team and left us more optimistic and confident than ever.  We can change the course of history for our country.  Our tribe is strong and spans the country – and it gets stronger every day. Thank you to each of you for making it all possible and sending friends our way.    
On Thursday night in Baltimore, I met Esther, who came out in the middle of a crazy snow storm just to hear our message. She's below in red:

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She came up to me after the event and said, "I haven't been this excited about a political candidate since Obama in 2008!"
Her passion helped me reflect on what we’d just done – and all we must do in the days ahead.  We must ignite the country to start solving the biggest problems of this generation. There is so much to do, but we are up for the challenge.  We are up for the challenge because we see the need and the opportunity as clear as day.  
Excited to share this challenge with you and the road ahead.  The Tour was a huge success – and we can’t wait to get back out there.
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Greetings from Cleveland! We had a phenomenal event last night on the Humanity First Tour and are on the way to Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Iowa City. We also visited New England College in New Hampshire on Monday: Andrew Yang holds a town hall in New Hampshire Andrew Yang addressing a NH crowd during a town hall I will have more from the Tour shortly – but I’m writing about something that has been on my mind all this week: the wildfires of California. Like many of you, I have friends who have been affected by these historic wildfires that have killed dozens of Americans, destroyed more than 7,000 buildings, burned hundreds of thousands of acres, and caused the evacuation of over a quarter of a million people. Climate change has dried up our forests to the point that they are giant tinderboxes. It is clear that Western forest fires are going to get worse and worse moving forward – it used to be considered unusual for fires to break out this late in the year. At first, I imagined there might be a technical solution. You could imagine drones carrying fire retardant, heat sensors deployed in dangerous areas, and a rapid response force to contain fires before they truly get out of control. But the reality is more down to earth. The Federal government owns 45% of California, so this is primarily a federal issue. The U.S. Forest Service is the agency responsible for maintaining forests and fighting and suppressing fires. In 2017, their fire suppression expenses were a record $2.4 billion, requiring an extra $527 million borrowed from other programs. Despite this, it exercises proactive treatment right now on less than 2% of California forest land. Treatment includes thinning branches, and small, controlled fires to burn off existing fuel. “If we can apply treatments to an area—through a wide range of means—then we can be effective in reducing the impacts,” said Jeffrey Kane, a professor of fire ecology and fuels management at Humboldt State. “We just can’t do that much. I assume part of that is a funding issue, part of that is just a prioritization issue, and part of that is the overwhelming scale at which we need to do work at. It’s just too much, we don’t do enough each year, and each year goes by, and the fire deficit keeps going up.” The issue is that we are not dedicating the resources necessary to properly maintain a massive, drying forest. It would cost many times what we are currently spending in terms of manpower, equipment, research, and monitoring. Without proper investment, forest fires will continue to get worse. I can’t help but think that the forest fires are a metaphor for many other things in our society. We avoid spending what we should – but end up paying for it in the end, often tragically. One thing I can say for sure – my first budget as President will involve a more-than-quintupling of the U.S. Forest Service budget. It would create jobs in an area we clearly need to invest in. Let’s solve these problems instead of waiting for them to burn us. Andrew Yang Signature DONATE $10 DONATE $20 DONATE $50 Can you make a donation today? Most of our donations come from people like you chipping in small amounts when they can. Your continued generosity helps us invest in people. If you can, please make a donation today. It means more to us than you know.

是谁把川普送进白宫?
而他会成为首位华裔总统么?
Andrew Yang 杨安泽 

今年1月,杨安泽正式宣布有意代表民主党参加美国2020年总统大选。这位比美国首位非裔总统奥巴马宣布参选总统时还小3岁的纽约企业家,是50年来首位华裔总统候选人。
特朗普当选前后的选民数据显示,如果一个地区制造业的机器人和自动化集中程度越高,失业率越高,该地区对特朗普的投票就越多。杨安泽说“我们在密歇根州,俄亥俄州,宾夕法尼亚州和威斯康星州实现了400万个制造业岗位的自动化,而正是这些重要的摇摆州选票将特朗普送进了白宫。”

杨安泽说,用GDP衡量美国经济发展是错误的,因为机器人会取代人工,即便GDP在增长,仍旧有很多人失业。他看到因自动化(automation)带来的失业问题愈来愈严重,他以“人性至上(Humanity First)”为竞选口号,宣布争取代表民主党参选2020年美国总统,竞选办公室位于纽约曼哈顿中城。

为预防自动化带来的失业危机,杨安泽提出“全民基本收入”(UBI)的政见,亦称“自由红利(Freedom Dividend)”,给每位美国成年人每月1000美元,予以让市民有金钱负担进修及学习去解决被自动化取代的危机。若落实此计划,每年需要约2兆美元的预算支出;除调整现有的福利预算结构外,杨安泽计划利用征收增值税(value-added tax)等方式,补足资金缺口。

丁丁电视专访Andrew Yang即将播出 敬请期待!
Andrew Yang 杨安泽1975年1月13日出生,是美国企业家,美国风险投资创始人,2020年民主党总统候选人。近20年来,他一直在初创公司和早期成长公司担任创始人或执行官。


We have exciting news to share. Starting after the midterms, I will be touring the country to spread our message to the Americans who need to hear it most.
We are pleased to announce today that our Humanity First Tour will kickoff in Detroit on November 8th, and take us across Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, Henniker, and Iowa City.
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You can RSVP on our Facebook page.
Here's where I need your help - we need you to invite EVERYONE you know to these rallies.
Unlike many other candidates, we have a national network of supporters. We need to show the nation - the press, the establishment, and the front-runners - that we can draw large crowds around the country and that our message is spreading fast.
It's time to get fired up, America!  Our system is broken and we have little time to fix it. Come out for this tour and let's start the revolution to rebuild our economy and society - together we WILL change the course of history.  
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Hello all and thank you for your support.
I, like many of you, have been transfixed by the testimony and hearings of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. 
I was initially hesitant to weigh-in as I believe that we are, in general, paying too much attention to the drama in Washington.   But this has become the center of our national conversation.  We can’t look away.  And this appointment will have massive legal and cultural implications for years to come.  
I found Christine Blasey Ford to be incredibly sympathetic and genuine.  I instinctively believe her.  She seemed like a thoughtful and introspective woman.  She also seemed like exactly the opposite of the kind of person who would welcome having her life disrupted and uprooted.  She had every incentive not to come forward.  To me, the only reason she would have is if she were telling the truth. 
Brett Kavanaugh, on the other hand, painted a different picture.  His testimony centered on him, his work, his career, his relationships. There was a sense of indignance, aggrievement and disbelief throughout.  I thought some of his testimony was either utterly unbelievable, odd or unseemly.  He seemed like a man who believes that his accomplishments render him above inspection.  He did not seem thoughtful or introspective.  
He also made the process overtly political by attacking Democrats and blaming them for his situation. This is immensely destructive, as the Supreme Court is supposed to be one of our primary apolitical institutions. That presumption is getting demolished. 
In a way, the whole proceedings were less about “Who do we believe?” and more “What consequences should it have what someone did when they were 17 or 18 and were drunk at a party?” I have the sense that many supporters of Kavanaugh actually believe that he did these things – but that it shouldn’t matter.  
The Republicans have a very narrow majority of 51-49 (Mike Pence votes on a Tie) so they need all of their votes with one defector.  Right now, the goal should be to push Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) to vote ‘No’ on Kavanaugh.  It looks like it’s going to go down to the wire.
If Kavanaugh does wind up on the Supreme Court, there are very few options.  Supreme Court Justices can be impeached just like Presidents. But this requires a supermajority of Senators (67), which is why you never hear about it as a possibility.  The other move is equally dramatic – adding Supreme Court Justices.  There is nothing in the Constitution about the number of Justices – indeed the number has changed over the years.  In theory, a Democratic President and a majority of Senators could add 2 Supreme Court Justices, swinging it the other direction.    
This last move would make the Supreme Court avowedly political, which would itself lead to problems. For the record, my suggestion is to replace Supreme Court lifetime appointments with an 18-year term. That’s long enough to resist influence - each President would get one appointment every 2 years.  It makes no sense to have the law of the land hanging on the ongoing health of an 83-year old, or to have an appointment impact laws for thirty years afterwards.  This could be bipartisan as it simply makes the Supreme Court less volatile and more predictable on both sides.  
In the meantime, the problem is that the Republicans are winning elections and when they win, they pull out all the stops to achieve their goals.  They blocked Merrick Garland who should be on the Court right now. It is difficult to be principled if only one side seems to be adhering to norms.  
The only lasting way for us to make changes is to win.  And win big. There is naturally a pendulum dynamic in American politics – that as one side governs the discontentment grows and the energy swings to the other side.  There will be a reckoning on the other side.  We must take full advantage of it. 
If you’re in Maine, Alaska, Arizona, North Dakota or West Virginia, call your Senator.  
Otherwise, the best way forward is to win big in 2018 and 2020.  It is the only way.  And after we win, we should be relentless in making our vision a reality.  I, for one, would love to nominate Christine Blasey Ford’s pick to the Supreme Court and invite her to the announcement.  

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Thank you for your support for the campaign!  We really appreciate it.
I am writing this from New Hampshire, where I met with the St. Anselm College Democrats yesterday and am heading to Plymouth State University and New England College today. The young Democrats of New Hampshire are wonderful—active, thoughtful and passionate about improving our country. A number of students specifically chose St. Anselm College because they knew that they would get to participate directly in politics that would shape the country’s future. Imagine that!  
They will indeed have an outsized role in determining our shared future. New Hampshire is the first primary voting state and will be one of the major battlegrounds leading up to 2020. I wrote an Op-Ed for the Concord Monitor, a major paper in New Hampshire, that was published this past weekend — it appears below.
After New Hampshire, we are heading to Pittsburgh, Des Moines, and then Chicago. Click here if you’d like to get a sense of the upcoming schedule. We are gearing up for an even bigger tour starting in late October/early November. The campaign is growing fast and we’d love to meet you.
One metric I have is how often someone will stop me on the street. I have to say that it’s happening more and more often. Everyone is very excited and friendly—this campaign draws the best people.
September 30th is a filing deadline and we need your help to boost our support. Please make a donation today and let’s show that we need to fight for a brighter future. The establishment candidates are coming, and every cent we get helps prove that we belong on that debate stage to talk about the challenges of this era and what we need to do to address them.
Seriously, between now and September 30th is a crucial time. So if you have been waiting to tell your friends about me or to bug them for a buck or two, NOW is the time.
See you on the trail soon,
- Andrew
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A ‘Freedom Dividend’ of $1,000 a month would boost state economy
Hello, people of New Hampshire. It’s good to be back. I spent two formative years as a high school student in New Hampshire from 1990 to 1992. But I haven’t been back since.
Now I’m running for President, which means you’ll see a lot of me over the next year and a half.
And not just me – there will likely be 20 to 25 candidates on the Democratic side alone. We will criss-cross the Granite State in the months to come. We will show up to cafes, community centers, house parties and anywhere a lot of people are getting together. For the next few months, some of us will play coy. “I’m just here from Ohio because, uh, I really want to find out more about what people in New Hampshire are thinking.” But come November and December, we will drop all pretense and start jockeying for your votes.
A few of us, you really want to hear from. You take your responsibility as the first primary state seriously. As Ray Buckley said to me, “New Hampshire is where candidates spend millions of dollars to win over popular opinion, to no great effect. We actually want to meet the person.” You know that the rest of the country will take its cues from you. That no one has won the presidency without finishing either first or second in your primary and that you have selected 11 of the last 16 presidents from both parties.
Yet this time, the field will be so crowded that it will be a bit of a mess. You will be invited to multiple events on any given night. Having a senator or congressperson or mayor or entrepreneur in your town who wants to share his or her vision for the country will become commonplace. Anyone you know who works in politics will be hired by a campaign and in your ear. You will be inundated with ads and messages on your Facebook feed and on the TV and on your radio in your car. The ads will blend together into a cacophony of messages funded by some of the richest people in our country (some of whom may themselves be running).
And then, in February 2020 – it will all end.
The whole caravan – smaller, since you will have winnowed it down to six or so – will move on to South Carolina, and Nevada, and California. You will look on with some relief and hope that your candidate continues to do well in other places. But the campaign will soon become something of a faded memory. And part of you will wonder, “What was that all for?”
That is truly the challenge – to make it all mean something.
I’m like many of you. I have lost faith in our political process. It’s a distasteful mess where the machinery outweighs the humanity. Regardless of who we send to Washington, D.C., the day-to-day problems in our communities only get worse.
Yet I’m a parent and look out at the future that my children will inherit and think, we need to do much better. And like it or not, the government remains one of the most impactful tools to change our future – aside from the more important work we do every day in our families, enterprises and communities.
My campaign is built around the Freedom Dividend. There are approximately 836,000 adults in New Hampshire between 18 and 64. Under my plan, every adult would receive $1,000 a month, free and clear, to pay your bills, care for your children, start a new business, go back to school or do whatever you want. It is called the Freedom Dividend because it is your dividend as a citizen and owner of the richest and most advanced society in human history. In total, the people of New Hampshire would receive about $1 billion per month, or $12 billion per year. This would increase the size of the New Hampshire economy by approximately 15 percent and create tens of thousands of new jobs. It would be paid for by a combination of current spending, a tax primarily on companies that benefit from automation, and new revenue from economic growth.
The single best thing that your government can do for you is to give you $1,000 a month and get out of your way. It’s one reason why libertarians from Milton Friedman to Friedrich Hayek supported a Universal Basic Income as well as figures like Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King Jr. If this seems far-fetched to you, consider that a nearly identical measure passed the House of Representatives in 1971 and 1,000 economists signed a letter saying it would be great for our economy and society, and that a similar policy has been in effect in Alaska for 36 years.
I have come to believe in the necessity of the Freedom Dividend as an entrepreneur who has worked in business, education and technology for nearly 20 years. The truth is that we are automating away millions of American jobs due to software, artificial intelligence, robotics and new technologies. New Hampshire has experienced this in manufacturing, but it is about to spread to retail, customer service, truck driving, food service and on and on throughout the economy. It is a rot that is spreading fast. We need to build a new kind of economy. There is not that much time.
I haven’t been back to New Hampshire in about 25 years. But I’m back now, and I’m on a mission. If I become president and pass the Freedom Dividend, it will reverberate throughout the towns and families of New Hampshire every day. It will improve hundreds of thousands of lives throughout the state and millions around the country. Isn’t that what these elections are supposed to be about – making your lives better?
Andrew Yang
My friend Anand Giridharadas recently wrote a book, Winners Take All, about how the world of philanthropy has adopted a Win-Win mentality where praise is given to those who talk about how to make others stronger and more successful, but it is unacceptable to talk about taking less or changing the underlying system. Instead, the emphasis is on how to make people more successful in the marketplace. The mantra is “Doing Well by Doing Good,” positive thinking, getting along with each other, helpful TED Talks, and, ultimately, very little actual change.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Anand’s book and its core idea—how market-friendly ideas have grown to dominate our culture so much that genuine sacrifice is off the table. Instead, the height of virtue is for winners to generously distribute some of their winnings to make others a bit more like themselves.
Last week I wrote about Walter Reuther, the union leader in the 1960s who was beaten; survived being shot in his own home and having his right arm shattered; grew the UAW to 1.5 million people; bailed Martin Luther King, Jr. out of jail; helped lead the March on Washington; and died in a suspicious plane crash. His brother had his right eye shot out, also in his own home.
In Walter’s day, actual change actually happened. Higher wages, workplace safety rules, child labor laws, health care, and pension benefits as well as all of the rights fought for in the Civil Rights movement. All of it involved grievous conflict and sacrifice.
Today, unions are a shadow of their former selves.  Walter Reuther is dead. Civil Rights revolve around police brutality instead of deeper economic inequities. Women march for the most basic reproductive rights.  Teenagers march just to prevent shootings in their schools. And social media shares have taken the place of sacrifice. Market-based thinking is so complete that conflicts revolve around basic human rights rather than any fundamental systemic changes.  
I founded an entrepreneurship organization and ran it for 6+ years in the hopes that it would spur change and help create thousands of jobs throughout the country. It was the best work of my career. But I came to realize that the good we were doing would not be nearly enough, particularly in the face of new technologies that will wipe out millions of jobs. I worked in Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, and other cities that had gone through the first automation wave. I started out believing in the Win-Win, but I now believe that advanced technology will result in a super-charged version of capitalism that will increasingly brutalize us all, winners and losers alike.
Some believe that there’s a small group of corrupt oligarchs that have taken over our political and economic system. But others believe that it is even deeper—that corporate leaders themselves have their hands tied so that they cannot do much more than maximize returns on capital. They are not really in control—the system is. Tim O’Reilly calls it the Master Market Intelligence: the corporate bosses are themselves subject to the logic of the marketplace. Yuval Harari writes that the power has disappeared—government gets weaker and weaker and no one knows who has the power.
I was at an event sponsored by The New York Times earlier this year, and a journalist said it like this: “We can sense that we’re going in the wrong direction. But no one knows what to do about it. So we are all just looking at each other, hanging on, and waiting to see how it will end.”  We are on a path to ruin and no one knows what to do.
I believe we can help with that.
I’ve been running for President for a number of months now. It’s been a tremendous journey. I’ve made many new friends—this campaign tends to attract the best people. When someone supports me, it means a lot. Sometimes a person will say to me, “What you’re doing, it’s a real sacrifice.”
But I think to myself, “Is it? Sacrifice has become relative.” Running for president has been quite fun and invigorating. I’m fighting for a vision I believe in. The biggest sacrifices I’m making are time with my family, money and professional opportunities, and the chance to live a more ‘normal,’ stress-free life. Of these, the first one hurts the most.
I have the feeling that in order to change our future, a lot of people are going to have to sacrifice a great deal more.
I’m running for President because I see the big changes that need to be made. You do, too. Our political institutions aren’t designed for this. It’s going to take people like us coming together—fighting and making sacrifices—to change our future. We don’t have that much time.
Let’s show what we can do—and that this sacrifice is not beyond us.
Andrew Yang
I hope that the summer is ending on a high note for you and yours!  
The huge news from this week, which is not receiving appropriate national attention in my opinion, is that democracy has returned to the Democratic Party.  This past weekend, the DNC decided to strip superdelegates – officeholders and party officials – of much of their influence in the presidential nomination process.  They did this because Bernie Sanders supporters were angry that the DNC favored Hillary Clinton in 2016 and that the popular vote was not the sole determinant of who won the nomination.  
I can’t tell you how many times people have said to me, “They will never let you win,” referring to Democratic party insiders who have established loyalties and relationships.  Well, it turns out the insiders have relinquished their decision-making authority to determine the nominee – it truly is going to be about who the people of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, etc. choose to represent them and their concerns.  My time in Iowa and New Hampshire in particular have demonstrated to me that the people there are hungry for real solutions that will genuinely improve their lives.  They are tired of politics as usual and excited for something new.  
History has given us an opening.  Let’s take full advantage of it.  
I’ve spent part of the last several days helping a union get organized.  But probably not in the way that you think.  
I recently got connected to a woman named Leslie Smith.  Leslie is a professional mixed martial arts fighter.  She is one of the best in the world – she was ranked top 10 in her division in the UFC earlier this year.  
Leslie noticed that she and her fellow fighters were not getting paid as much as athletes in other sports – fighters get paid as little as $12k per fight and fight 2 – 3 times per year.   Meanwhile the UFC signed a new deal with ESPN worth $300 million a year and its CEO, Dana White, recently said the company was worth $7 billion.  Fighters are getting paid just 10 – 15% of revenue, much less than the 47-51% prevalent in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.  Leslie decided to start a union and asked fellow fighters to sign up.  
Dana White didn’t like this. So he fired Leslie Smith in April. 
Leslie rightfully said, “I’m a top 10 fighter and I didn’t lose a fight.  This is because I’m trying to start a union.”  So she filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia, which agreed that she had grounds for action.  
Dana White got wind of this and realized that Leslie could be a big problem – his company relies on keeping fighter pay low.  So he went to his friend of fifteen years, Donald Trump, and met with him in the Oval Office.  Around the same time, the NLRB action was pulled into Washington DC away from the Philadelphia region that had approved Leslie’s action.  They now are stonewalling and won’t respond to Leslie’s lawyer.  
Yes, Donald Trump has decided to keep UFC fighters from having a chance to organize and keep Leslie out of work.  
It gets even more interesting – the UFC was bought by William Morris Endeavor, the giant Hollywood talent agency, 2 years ago for $4 billion.  This mammoth pricetag assumed that the new owners would be able to keep fighter costs low.  WME, eager to get some cash into the business, sold shares to 23 of its celebrity clients, including Serena Williams, Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Affleck, Adam Levine, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Robert Kraft, Venus Williams, The Weeknd, Anthony Kiedis, Tyler Perry, Trey Parker and more.  
How would Serena Williams or Jimmy Kimmel react to the knowledge that their investment depends upon Donald Trump helping keep Leslie Smith out of work?  Their agents likely didn’t explain to them that the UFC’s valuation relies on paying fighters 80% less than they are worth and keeping them from organizing.  
Some might see this whole issue as marginal in the scheme of things, as it only affects hundreds of people in a niche sport.    
But to me, it’s an emblem of what’s gone wrong with our society.  You have the capital holders – Dana White, William Morris Endeavor – operating to enrich themselves at the expense of human beings who are doing the work. You have Donald Trump’s corrupt intervention in a case that clearly should be moving forward.  You have Leslie Smith, a woman who tried to do the right thing for her fellow fighters, being punished for her actions and being ignored and pushed into economic oblivion.  And you have a sport that should evolve to take care of its stakeholders and modernize instead of attacking anyone who tries to push it in the right direction.    
I’m going to do all I can to help Leslie.  I’ve donated to her legal defense fund for starters (you can donate here) and plan to do much more.  
My plan is to get Leslie her job back.  We’re going to help her show Donald Trump that he messed with the wrong woman.  
Happy Labor Day weekend to you all.  I’m heading to DC on Saturday for a conference and then to Iowa for a Labor Day rally.  Hope you have a wonderful time with your friends and families on the last days of Summer.  Going to be a big Fall – enjoy these days while you can.  
Your grateful candidate,
Andrew


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Hello and thank you for the support! We appreciate it more than you realize.  
This past week was a big one for the campaign on several fronts. 
First, I was interviewed by Ezra Klein this week on his podcast on Vox. Ezra is one of the top political and economic journalists in the country. We debated the labor market, automation, the impact of technology, universal basic income, and the economy. If you missed it, you can hear it here.
Second, more news from Iowa poured in from the Des Moines RegisterNBC NewsCedar Rapids GazetteDaily Times HeraldBleeding HeartlandIowa Starting Line, and Insight on Business. Here’s a quote from the blog OpEd News: 
“Based on what I heard at the Wing Ding last night, my candidate is Andrew Yang. He has the intelligence and the kind of ‘outside the box’ thinking we need to solve today’s problems AND tomorrow’s!! In my opinion, he appears to possess the type of genius and non-traditional ideas and insights we, as a nation, NEED to move forward.”
High praise! You can see the full video of my speech here.
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I will be returning to Iowa over Labor Day weekend to headline a Labor Union rally and meet with precinct leaders. We are going to keep the excitement going where it can do the most good. 
Third, both a documentary filmmaker and a writer for Esquire are now following the campaign. Recognition is growing that our campaign is building a movement.
Finally, one of the most respected and admired leaders in Silicon Valley has come on board to support my presidential bid! This could be a game-changer. We are preparing a more formal announcement so stay tuned for more in the days ahead. I know, I know... we’ll resolve the suspense soon.  ;)  
The team and I are more optimistic than ever – we see the potential every day. We couldn’t do any of this without you. 
A few things you can do to increase our momentum:
1. Donate today so we can grow the team and spread the word.
2. Share the interview with Ezra and/or the video of the Iowa Wing Ding speech with like-minded friends.
3. Follow the campaign journey on Facebook here.
Let’s lead our fellow Americans and show what we can do if we invest in people.
Gratefully yours,
Andrew
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I arrived home from Iowa on Tuesday night and am reflecting on what we learned in an incredible week. The big takeaway – we can win this election.  
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There are two states that play key roles in determining presidential major-party nominees – Iowa and New Hampshire. No candidate has won without finishing in the top two of at least one of these two states. The majority of candidates will be wiped out after New Hampshire, particularly in a crowded field.    
I arrived in Iowa last Thursday to speak at the Iowa Wing Ding, a gathering of 800 Democratic leaders and activists in the state. I then spoke at the Iowa State Fair, held a number of house parties with supporters, and met with union leaders and community leaders in 4 counties.  
For most people, presidential politics is played out in the media or press. For Iowans, it plays out in their precincts, living rooms and local restaurants. They expect to meet each candidate and engage with him or her. Unlike in other states where people cast anonymous ballots, in Iowa you publicly caucus for your candidate in front of your friends and neighbors and then give speeches as to why you support someone. The investment level is significantly higher. It also means that the process is a higher commitment – only 170,000 Iowans caucused on the Democratic side in 2016.
Here are some of the things I heard from Iowan Democrats at various events:  
“You don’t sound like any other politician. I like that.”
“There’s a lane for you here. You can compete here.”  
“Brilliant and compelling speech.”   
“You actually seem like you’re trying to solve the problems.”
“I missed the Wing Ding but I was told that you were the highlight and that I should watch out for you.”
“You’re my candidate. I’m going to caucus for you.”  
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Don’t take my word for it. You can get a sense of the coverage of my visit in the Des Moines RegisterBleeding Heartlandthe local NBC affiliate, the Cedar Rapids Gazette or watch the entire speech here (I go on around 1:31:50). I'll post a much higher quality version of my speech on social soon.
Our political system is set up such that one passionate Democratic Iowan is worth his or her weight in gold. We already have a growing mass of passionate supporters in Iowa. I have been invited back to speak at a Labor Day rally as well as to a half-dozen community groups and Democratic county leaders.     
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It is not the case that if we focus exclusively on Iowa that we will win. We need to build a national following. We must galvanize significant resources. We will need to raise millions of dollars from popular enthusiasm.
But if we get the resources, we can absolutely compete in Iowa for the nomination. I’m an entrepreneur and operator – when I get into an environment I get a sense of what the key success measurements are. I saw our path. We can build a passionate support base, win in Iowa and then shock the world.
Iowans are the truth – and I am pumped up. If you are too, please do make a contribution today. We need your support right now so we can start planning our schedule for the Fall. The more support we get from you, the more time we can spend in Iowa and New Hampshire moving them forward on the ground. Let’s focus on what it takes to win.
More excited than ever,
Andrew
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I’m writing this on the way to our first trip to Iowa. I have been invited to speak at the Wing Ding, a gathering of the top 600 Democratic Activists in Iowa. This is the biggest opportunity of the campaign thus far - if I knock it out of the park, we will be inundated with invitations from local Democratic precincts to visit and speak for months to come. This is the path to the Presidency - Iowa Democrats want to meet you to make up their own minds. Iowa vaulted Obama to victory in 2008. This will enable us to compete and establish a stronghold.
I was asked to speak because the Vice Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party heard me on the Sam Harris podcast.
I have done a lot of things in my career, but this tonight is the first time I have ever felt I had a chance to make history. I am pumped up. The text of the speech follows at the bottom of this email, and it’ll be streamed online - you can watch it here. I want to thank each of you - I wouldn’t have this opportunity without your support. 
In other positive news, I am being interviewed by Ezra Klein of Vox on his podcast next Wednesday. A documentary film crew is following me on the road - the Producer of the Linsanity documentary is now doing a docuseries on me. Also, a writer from Esquire is following me for a story.
Again, you have made this possible.
I'm thrilled to share this journey with you all. Let's do all we can to bring to the mainstream a discussion of the underlying economic issues so we can keep this country together. It needs us.
Let's make Iowa the beginning of the wave. Here's to making history together.
Pumped up and ready to go,
- Andrew

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Thank you for the support! I appreciate it a great deal.
I was in Seattle last week talking to an awesome group of supporters. One person who worked at Amazon commented on how the warehouse workers wear sensors that beep at them any time they fall behind a certain pace. That’s a clear sign of both where our economy is right now and where it is heading. I shared this story later with supporters in San Francisco.  
Andrew Yang is presenting to a large number of supporters,
viewing his presentation on the automation of jobs.
We think of capitalism as being locked in an ideological battle with socialism, but we never really saw that capitalism might be defeated by its own child — technology.” This quote is from Eric Weinstein, a mathematician and investor who was recently interviewed in Vox. He says, “[W]e may need a hybrid model in the future which is paradoxically more capitalistic than our capitalism today and perhaps even more socialistic than our communism of yesteryear.”
I am convinced that he’s right. We do tend to think about capitalism and socialism as two opposing systems and philosophies. This tension gets reflected in our politics to the extreme. The truth is that we need them both, just in different areas and activities.
I am a serial entrepreneur. I started and ran several for-profit companies so I get the value of having to succeed in the market. And while the market does create immense value in many areas, it also ignores or creates the wrong incentives in others.
I argued for an evolution of capitalism in my book to a new human-centered version of capitalism that would have several core tenets:
  1. Humanity is more important than money.
  2. The unit of an economy is each person, not each dollar.
  3. Markets exist to serve our common goals and values.
My friend Misha Chellam and I have begun calling this the ‘New Capitalism.’ We have been reflecting on how New Capitalism would improve on, or fix, Old Capitalism:
Old CapitalismNew Capitalism
People are economic inputs for a system that uses GDP and corporate profitability as its measures of success.People are the centers of the economy, and human well-being indicators (health, education rates, engagement with one’s job) are the measures of success.
Technology and automation will replace human labor.Technology and automation will free us to devote energy to things we value.
Health care is only available for those with resources or a job that provides it.Everyone has access to healthcare as a right of citizenship.
Education is designed to produce effective laborers.Education is designed to produce effective citizens and humans.
Businesses consolidate and capital flows to fewer and fewer people.Money is reinvested in individuals and communities to allow all economies to thrive from the ground up.
Moving toward New Capitalism will be incredibly difficult, as our institutions and systems are geared toward a single-variable view of the economy (GDP). The biggest transformative policy to get us there would be the Freedom Dividend, a basic income of $1,000 per month per American adult. As you all know, this is the center of my campaign for President.
My Team and I have been working on a list of what the Freedom Dividend would do for our country. Studies show the Freedom Dividend would:
  1. Eradicate poverty.
  2. Improve child nutrition, graduation rates, and mental health.
  3. Create 4.5 million new jobs across the country.
  4. Address regional inequalities.
  5. Make labor markets more dynamic and help people move.
  6. Catalyze entrepreneurship, arts, and creativity.
  7. Compensate everyone for unrecognized work, particularly women.
  8. Ease racial inequality.
  9. Improve mental and physical health and relationships.
  10. Alleviate political dysfunction due to scarcity.
The Freedom Dividend would transform the way Americans experience value, work, and their place in society. With assured economic security, millions would more seriously consider the work that they want to do and how society should progress. This is the fundamental policy that we need to evolve our economic system to the next stage.
These are very big ideas. It will take many of us pulling together to make them real. The stakes are very high, and we do not have much time before the edges of our current system crumble away. Look around - we are already seeing it happen around us.
Next week, I will be in Iowa for the Democratic Wing Ding, which is the headline event for Democrats in the state. It’s going to be me, two U.S. representatives, and Michael Avenatti. We are going to video the whole journey so you will see it unfold.
Please do help us make this case to our fellow Americans. With your help, we can shake our political leadership out of their stupor and get our act together.

Andrew Yang
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We have fantastic news to share - Andrew Yang has been invited to headline the biggest Democratic fundraiser in Iowa - the 2018 Iowa Wing Ding!
He'll be speaking alongside Michael Avenatti (Stormy Daniels' Lawyer), Congressman John Delaney (Presidential Candidate) and Congressman Tim Ryan (likely to declare soon). This is huge for the campaign, and an exciting sign that the establishment is embracing our message.
This will be our first trip to Iowa, and we'd like to invite all of you to join us at any point while we're there, August 10-13. It's during the Iowa State Fair - so besides being able to witness the biggest moment of our campaign to date - there will be fried Snickers, tractor pulls and butter cows to make this worth your while.
Here's our itinerary so far:
Friday, August 10th
Keynote at the Democratic Wing Ding in Clear Lake, IA.
Doors open at 5pm. Get your tickets here!
We want to have a big turnout for Yang!
Saturday, August 11th
We'll be hanging at the Iowa State Fair all day, essentially eating deep-fried everything. If you'd like to join, shoot us an email and we'll sync up.
Speaking at the Des Moines Register Soap Box at 4pm, come by and hear Andrew!
Sunday, August 12th
Door-Knocking in Sioux City starting at 1pm, Hosted by Woodbury County Democrats
Come join Andrew as he meets with Iowa residents.
Monday, August 13th
Speaking at the Asian & Latino Coalition at 5:30pm, RSVP here!
All of our events are on our Facebook page as well.
For those of you who can't make it - we'll be followed around by a camera crew...live-streaming and updating our Insta-story constantly. Follow along @andrewyangvfa.
Thank you all for supporting our journey so far - Iowa is just the beginning!
Humanity First,
Team Yang 2020

It’s been a tremendous trip as I’ve been speaking at events throughout the region. Tonight is a houseparty in Palo Alto. Next Thursday I will be in Seattleand am pumped to see everyone there.  
Last week I spoke at a Blockchain for Good conference and learned a lot. It’s impressive how eager the attendees were to improve the world—blockchain has a ton of potential. Imagine being able to vote from the security of your smartphone with no lines—it is quickly becoming technologically feasible. No more Russian hacking. I’m glad to say that we’ve now received several donations in Bitcoin (thanks Julian) and we’re working on other ways to engage the blockchain community.
Many of the people I’ve met here in the Bay Area have an enormous mindset of abundance and possibility. It’s that sense that we need to spread to other communities around the country as powerfully as possible. That is much easier said than done, but I believe it’s both vital and necessary. Scarcity is the lived experience of too many Americans each and every day and it is driving huge problems. We can change that.  
This past weekend TED published an adapted excerpt from my book about how to improve our capitalist system that has been viewed and shared tens of thousands of times. I am including it here because I believe it’s a cornerstone of our campaign and speaks to our potential.  
Thank you for your support early on—we have other great things on the horizon including a trip to Iowa and none of it would be possible without you. Look forward to making this case alongside you in the days ahead. Let’s show what we can do.  
Yours, 
 
Humanity is more important than money — it’s time for capitalism to get an upgrade
Think of the activities on the list below:
  • Parenting or caring for loved ones
  • Teaching or nurturing children
  • Creating art, music, dance
  • Working in struggling regions near our hometowns
  • Preserving the environment
  • Reading or writing for pleasure or personal growth
  • Preventative health care
  • Character-building for your kids, your team, yourself
  • Building community connections
  • Having a hobby
  • Becoming involved in local government
Most of us do some or many of these things—and usually, we don’t do them for money. What these activities add up to is what we might call a normal life, a well-rounded life of care and character, rich with community and creativity and balance. When you do these things, you don’t think of yourself as participating in capitalism.
But the fact is, capitalism moves and energizes the modern world. And what capitalism values, our world does more of; what it doesn’t, we do less of. Many of us feel like the activities of a normal life are becoming harder and harder to accomplish. So the question becomes: In a system where capitalism is a prime determinant of value, how can we preserve what we truly value as humans, what matters to us beyond money?
I’m someone who was educated to thrive and dominate in our capitalist system. And my deep conviction now is: it has to change. I’m an Ivy League graduate who followed the 59 percent of my peers into one of the four jobs we all take—lawyer, business consultant, finance, technology—in one of the four US cities we all move to, and in the process abandoning our hometowns and the dreams that first inspired our academic success. I watched the country’s best-educated young people fall into jobs that were designed to harvest and concentrate wealth, working insane hours to pay off insane loans. And my hometown friends who didn’t end up on the Ivy League track are facing a bleaker future, as automation destroys more and more jobs in towns across America, disrupting communities and families. No matter where we stand on the socioeconomic ladder, the future of the “normal life” doesn’t look good.
In the US, and in much of the developed world, our current form of capitalism is failing to produce an increasing standard of living for most of its citizens. It’s time for an upgrade. Adam Smith, the Scottish economist who wrote The Wealth of Nations in 1776, is often regarded as the father of modern capitalism. His ideas—that the “invisible hand” guides the market; that a division of labor exists and should exist; and that self-interest and competition lead to wealth creation—are so deeply internalized that most of us take them for granted.
Today, many people contrast “capitalism” with “socialism,” the social ownership or democratic control of industries. The perception is that capitalism—as embodied by the West and the United States in particular—won the war of ideas by generating immense growth and wealth and elevating the standard of living of billions of people. By contrast, socialism—represented by the Soviet Union, which collapsed in 1991, and China, which moderated its approach in the 1980s—didn’t work in practice and was thoroughly discredited.
This assessment of capitalism triumphing over socialism misses a couple of important points. First, there is no such thing as a pure capitalist system. There have been many different forms of capitalist economies ever since money was invented around 5,000 years ago. The current form of institutional capitalism and corporatism is just the latest of many different versions. Similarly, there are many forms of capitalism in service around the world right now. For example, Singapore is the fourth richest country in the world in terms of per-capita GDP. It’s had an unemployment rate of 2.2 percent or lower since 2009 and is regarded as one of the most free and open, pro-business economies in the world. Yet the government in Singapore routinely shapes investment policy, and government-linked firms dominate telecommunications, finance and media in ways that would be unthinkable in America, Norway, Japan or Canada. Like Singapore, many countries’ form of capitalism is steered not by an unseen hand—but by clear government policy.
Imagine a new type of capitalist economy that’s geared toward maximizing human well-being and fulfillment. These goals and GDP would sometimes go hand-in-hand, but there would be times when they wouldn’t be aligned. For example, an airline removing passengers who’d already boarded a plane in order to maximize its profitability would be good for capital but bad for people. The same goes for a drug company charging extortionate rates for a life-saving drug. Most Americans would agree that the airline should accept the lost revenue and the drug company accept a moderate profit margin. But what if this idea was repeated over and over again throughout the economy? Let’s call it human-centered capitalism—or human capitalism for short.
Human capitalism would have a few core tenets:
1. Humanity is more important than money.
2. The unit of an economy is each person, not each dollar.
3. Markets exist to serve our common goals and values.
In business, there’s a saying that “what gets measured gets managed for,” so we need to start measuring different things. The concepts of GDP and economic progress didn’t exist until the Great Depression. However, when economist Simon Kuznets introduced it to Congress in 1934, he cautioned, “The welfare of a nation can … scarcely be inferred from a measurement of national income as defined above.” It’s almost like he saw income inequality and bad jobs coming.
Our economic system must shift to focus on bettering the lot of the average person. Instead of having our humanity subverted to serve the marketplace, capitalism has to be made to serve human ends and goals.
In addition to GDP and job statistics, the government could adopt measurements like:
  • Average physical fitness and mental health
  • Quality of infrastructure
  • Proportion of the elderly in quality care
  • Marriage rates and success
  • Deaths of despair; substance abuse
  • Global temperature variance and sea levels
  • Re-acclimation of incarcerated individuals and rates of criminality
  • Artistic and cultural vibrancy
  • Dynamism and mobility
  • Social and economic equity
  • Civic engagement
  • Cybersecurity
  • Responsiveness and evolution of government
It would be straightforward to establish measurements for each of these and update them periodically. It would be similar to what Steve Ballmer set up at USAFacts.org. Everyone could see how we’re doing and be galvanized around improvement.
This could be tied into a Digital Social Credit (DSC) system, in which people who help move society in a particular direction might be rewarded. For example, a journalist who uncovered a source of waste or an artist who beautified a city or a hacker who strengthened our power grid could be rewarded with social credits. So could someone who helped another person recover from addiction, or helped acclimate an ex-convict into the workforce. Even someone who maintained a high level of physical fitness and helped others do so could be rewarded and recognized.
Maybe you smile in disbelief at the concept of “social credits,” but it’s based on a system currently in use in about 200 communities around the United States: Time BankingIn Time Banking, people trade time and build credits within their communities by performing various helpful tasks—transporting an item, walking a dog, cleaning up a yard, cooking a meal, providing a ride to the doctor, etc. The idea was championed in the US by Edgar Cahn, a law professor and anti-poverty activist in the mid-1990s as a way to strengthen communities.
Despite the success of Time Banks in some communities, they haven’t caught hold that widely in the US in part because they require a certain level of administration and resources to operate. But imagine a supercharged version of Time Banking backed by the federal government where in addition to providing social value, there’s real monetary value underlying it.
The government could put up significant amounts of DSCs as prizes and incentives for major initiatives. For example, they could allocate 100 million DSCs to reduce obesity levels in Mississippi or 1 billion DSCs to improve high school graduation rates in Illinois, and then let people take various actions to collect it. Companies could help meet goals and create and sponsor campaigns around various causes. Nonprofits and NGOs would generate DSCs based on how much good they do and then distribute it back to volunteers and employees. New organizations and initiatives could be crowdfunded by DSCs instead of money, as people ‘vote’ by sending points in.
We could create an entirely new parallel economy around social good.
The most socially detached would likely ignore all of this, of course. But many people love rewards and feeling valued. I get obsessed with completing the 10-punch card for a free sandwich at my deli. We could spur unprecedented levels of social activity without spending that much. DSCs could become cooler than dollars, because you could advertise how much you have and it would be socially acceptable.
The power of this new marketplace and currency can’t be overstated. Most of the entrepreneurs, technologists and young people I know are champing at the bit to work on our problems. We can harness the country’s ingenuity and energy to improve millions of lives if we could just create a way to monetize and measure these goals.
I’m no fan of big government. The larger an organization is, the more cumbersome and ridiculous it often gets. I’ve also spent time with people at the highest levels of government, and it’s striking how stuck most of them feel. One Congressperson said to me, “I’m just trying to get one big thing done here so I can go home.” He’d been in Congress for 7 years at that point. Another joked that being in DC was like being in Rome, with the marble there to remind you that nothing will change.
But I’ve concluded there’s no other way to make these changes than to have the federal government reorganize the economy. Even the richest and most ambitious philanthropists and companies either operate at the wrong scale or have multiple stakeholders that make big, long-term commitments difficult to sustain. We’re staring at trillion-dollar problems, and we need commensurate solutions. We’re in a slow-moving crisis that is about to speed up.


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,
 



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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The #OneForHumanity community is a group of 100,000 Americans pledging to contribute $1 to Andrew's Presidential campaign, in order to show the political establishment that it's time to adopt policies and values that put humanity first.

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. 




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
Campaign Manager, Yang2020
m: 860.559.3915
zach@yang2020.com
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.


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,











































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. 

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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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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