Monday, June 10, 2019

Andrew Yang links universal basic income to automation and the Retail Apocalypse on 'Real Time'

Just as Jay Inslee made climate change his signature issue, Andrew Yang has made universal basic income (UBI) his.  It's a science-fiction solution to a science-fiction problem, automation taking human jobs.  No surprise, I like it.

He was on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week and made his case for it.  Watch his interview and listen to his argument.

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang joins Bill to discuss his vision for America.
I really appreciated how he connected America's dying malls closing to Amazon's outcompeting brick-and-mortar retailers, in large part because of automating its warehouses.  It put the Retail Apocalypse in a larger perspective than just Amazon's dominance in online shopping picking off weak players like Sears, Kmart, and JCPenney.  I'm glad he's thinking about the issue that deeply.

I plan on writing more about Yang and the other Democratic presidential candidates when I follow up on Democratic presidential candidates from left to center from Voteview.  Yang has never held elected office, let alone served in Congress, so he doesn't have a Voteview score, but he does have a page at and I will use that site to arrange the Democratic contenders from left to center in a future entry.  Stay tuned.

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