Yang builds out platform in presidential bid
Democratic presidential hopeful and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang is testing out his policy chops and establishing a rapport with activists in the Monadnock Region.
Yang has dedicated most of his campaigning efforts so far to pushing universal basic income into the Democratic political conversation — he’s even testing out his proposal to give every American a $1,000 monthly stipend by personally paying that rate to a family in Goffstown. But he delved into other subjects with members of the N.H. Young Democrats and other Elm City residents in his second visit to Keene, on Tuesday.
Yang also met with voters at Post and Beam Brewing in Peterborough during his Monadnock Region swing Tuesday before heading east, ending his New Hampshire tour with a speech at his high school alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy.
Much of the exchange between Yang and Keene voters at the Works Cafe centered around health care and education.
When asked about his position on expanding Medicare coverage to all Americans, Yang said he is in favor of it as a policy idea, but added that there are other solutions to consider.
Rather than focusing solely on expanding the existing Medicare and Medicaid systems as the only option, Yang said he is in favor of a more broad shift toward a single-payer system, arguing that private health insurance companies are not economically incentivized to provide access to affordable care.
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Andrew Yang: the 2020 candidate warning of the rise of robots
The entrepreneur says Trump won the 2016 election because the US automated away jobs – so he wants to become president to do something about it
Donald Trump won 2,584 counties in the 2016 presidential election; Hillary Clinton carried only 472. But the Democratic nominee’s accounted for nearly two-thirds of America’s economic output, according to a study by the Brookings Institution.
This is one vivid illustration of America’s great divide. Glittering coastal cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Washington are becoming richer and more influential, attracting more jobs, better hospitals and schools, and technology. Small towns and rural communitiesare falling further behind, feeding a sense that, to paraphrase LP Hartley, the coasts are a foreign country – they do things differently there.
Andrew Yang, a New York and Silicon Valley entrepreneur and David taking on multiple Goliaths in the Democratic race for the White House in 2020, is here to tell you that it’s about to become much, much worse – and that is why he is running for president.
Yang, 44, is the founder of Venture for America, a national public service fellowship that places recent graduates in struggling communities. “I would fly between St Louis and San Francisco, or Michigan and Manhattan, and I would feel like I was traversing dimensions and ways of life rather than just a couple of time zones,” he told the Guardian in Washington this week.
Business Insider: An entrepreneur who's running for president explains how he'd give every American $1,000 a month and solve the 'fake news' problem
Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur, author, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
He's passionate about providing every American with a universal basic income of $1,000 a month, saying that would help the working class adjust to an increasingly automated economy.
Yang recently spoke with INSIDER's politics editor, Anthony Fisher, about universal basic income, foreign policy, and his plans to support local journalism and battle "fake news," remake America's healthcare system, and overcome his low name recognition and get on the nationally televised debate stages starting in June.
Andrew Yang’s 2020 Campaign Tried Converting Trump Supporters. Now 4chan Is Doxing One Of His Staffers.
After Andrew Yang caught the attention of Reddit and 4chan, his campaign leaned into it. Now those same communities are leading a harassment campaign against his deputy chief of staff.
An obscure Democrat running for president has found an unexpected well of support in the same social media spaces that elevated a new far right in 2016.
But while entrepreneur Andrew Yang has enjoyed a run of surprised, favorable press since he began raising money and generating interest from gamers, internet trolls, and extremely online individuals, his campaign is now facing an early backlash in the form of leaks, doxxing, and an escalating rhetorical battle over who, exactly, owns the remaining male-dominated corners of social media.
Yang, who is running for president on some big ideas about universal basic income and protecting jobs from automation and AI, found his fame — and his “Yang Gang” — in part thanks to a February appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience. His new supporters are attracted to his technology-first political platform. And because they hail largely from the chanterculture meme swamps of Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, and 4chan, they have plastered social media with pro-Yang content, helping him raise the crucial small contributions needed to qualify for a debate.
But the meme swamps the Yang Gang calls home harbor all sorts of life — some of it far less affable. And the Yang campaign is learning that lesson the hard way. Over the past few days, its deputy chief of staff has become the target of a textbook 4chan harassment campaign. She's been doxxed, harassed, and cast as the lead character in an outlandish conspiracy theory about a “Jewish plot” to manipulate 4chan users into sharing pro-Yang content.
That this is happening as Yang has been out celebrating his new status as a dank meme, shows just how quickly the chanterculture bear can turn on those who believe they can ride it to victory.
San Francisco Chronicle
SF meets Andrew Yang, a presidential candidate who’s attracting support from Millennials
The unlikely presidential run of Andrew Yang, who is proposing a $1,000-a-month “freedom dividend” to every adult in America, rolled Friday into San Francisco, where some 3,000 supporters listened to the New York tech entrepreneur warn about how artificial intelligence and robotics are taking jobs. ...
Yang outlined his idea for guaranteed universal income to a young, exuberant crowd of mostly Millennials at an outdoor soccer field lined with food trucks on Mission Bay Boulevard North.
He said the idea has not only had wide historical support — including from founding father Thomas Paine, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman — but it has already been implemented in Alaska, which uses oil revenue to fund it.
“What they are doing with oil money in Alaska, we can do for all of us around the country with advancing technology,” Yang told the crowd, many of whom waved “Yang Gang” and “Humanity First” signs.
Many also held placards and chanted the word “Math,” which has become a campaign mantra for Yang, who founded Venture for America, a fellowship program for entrepreneurs.
How Andrew Yang's Online Following Has Turned Into a Real-Life Coalition ...
Yang is a former entrepreneur and long-shot presidential candidate who’s running a campaign focused on issues his rivals are mostly ignoring. While his platform ranges from lowering the voting age to 16 to returning earmarks to the legislative process, the idea that’s captured the most attention so far is his push for universal basic income to combat the rise of automation.
The upstart campaign has won Yang a fervent following on Twitter and Reddit. But it’s also translating into real life. Yang is drawing some surprisingly large crowds. In polls, he often runs even with or ahead of other better-known and more experienced Democratic candidates. He’s managed to qualify for the first Democratic debate next month on the strength of that and his fundraising. Yang likes to tout political analyst Nate Silver’s proclaimation that he’s no more “of a long shot than several other candidates.”
At least some of his support is coming from the new left: A younger generation of voters who, like Corman, consider themselves too progressive to align with traditional Democrats. Yang says he’s also seeing support from “thousands of Trump supporters, and libertarians, and conservatives, and independents. People have come to me here in New Hampshire and said, ‘You’re what I hoped for when I voted for Donald Trump the last time.’” (In interviews with dozens of people in New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday, TIME did not come across anyone who said they had voted for Trump.)
Many members of what’s been dubbed the Yang Gang say he’s the first political candidate to actually get them excited.
“I didn’t feel strongly about anyone in the last election because it was kind of disheartening, but I’m glad I can elect a candidate now,” says Nick Biasetti, 21, who drove more than two hours on Saturday morning from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to see Yang at a meet-and-greet in Claremont, N.H.
While the first debate will be Yang’s first exposure to most voters, he’s been gaining support little by little, mostly online. Several voters who spoke to TIME at his events in New Hampshire said they first came across him on podcasts, citing episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” and Freakonomics Radio he appeared on earlier this year.
Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang targets automation at rain-drenched NYC rally
Andrew Yang, one of the Democratic presidential field's least-known candidates, held one of his campaign's biggest rallies Tuesday at Washington Square Park in New York City, sharing his signature plan to give every American $1,000 per month before a young and diverse crowd that appeared to stretch into the thousands.
Yang, whose "Humanity First Tour" has already attracted large audiences in several major cities across the country, despite his lack of name recognition, identified automation as a major issue threatening the United States' economy, but promised that his proposed "Freedom Dividend" -- the name for his universal basic income payment -- could create new jobs and provide its recipients with the flexibility to live more productively.
"Think about what $1,000 per month would mean in your hands. How would you spend it?" Yang asked the crowd, which was dotted with umbrellas as a steady rain fell over the city. "It would make our children stronger and healthier. It would make us all mentally healthier and less stressed out. It would create more than two million jobs because most of the money would get spent right here in our communities."
The rally Tuesday came as interest in Yang in recent months has steadily risen. The entrepreneur recently qualified for the first Democratic debate in June, after he reached the donor and polling thresholds.
In New York, Yang addressed the forthcoming debate, joking that "millions of Americans are going to turn on the TV that night in June and they're going to ask themselves one question, 'who is the Asian man standing next to Joe Biden?'"
Politico Mag - Nancy Scola
Is Andrew Yang for Real?
He’s a 2020 Democrat going straight at Donald Trump’s America, with a small but intense fan base. Can a candidate like that break through?
DES MOINES, Iowa — Andrew Yang bounces from leg to leg on the stage at Franklin Junior High School, cloaked in his campaign-trail uniform of blue jacket and navy “MATH” cap, warning the crowd about the threat that robots pose to the American heartland.
If you have some vague sense that you’ve heard of Yang but that’s about it, you’re not alone. While the entrepreneur turned novice politician’s name recognition hovers around 50 percent, he hasn’t broken 1 percent in most polls after a year and a half of running for president in a crowded pack of Democrats. But on a cold Sunday night in April, there are 300 or so Iowans here feeling Andrew Yang and his message of what’s gone wrong. ...
Viewed from a great distance, Yang’s candidacy has a lot in common with the two political comets that streaked across the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left. Yang runs essentially the same playbook: embracing economic grievance, hammering the tech giants and other darlings of the “new economy,” selling his case directly to the working American. Since he launched his campaign in November 2017, he has been retailing a vision of America in which educated, entitled elites have rigged the system and hoovered money away from middle America and toward the coasts, giving little in return. With no prior political experience or prominent backers, Yang is nonetheless gaining a peculiar traction, including some true believers who want him to be president and others who are mostly just intrigued. ...
Unlike Trump and Sanders, however, Yang, 44, comes precisely from the same corporate, tech-soaked world he is trying to attack. Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, he made his money prepping students to get into MBA programs and, in recent years, has spent months at a time living in Silicon Valley. He was once a successful startup CEO and head of a group that trains budding entrepreneurs, but in the wake of 2016 presidential election Yang soured on an industry that wreaths itself in promises of prosperity and transformation; he rejects the conventional policy wisdom—popular on the left and the right—that out-of-work Americans should retrain for jobs in tech. And in a Democratic Party reveling in its diversity, the Taiwanese-American candidate says he worries most about how displaced white men will react to their declining fortunes—a stance that has, strangely, won him some fans from the “alt-right.“
Yang has a very specific solution for those who feel displaced: Use the money from taxing companies like Amazon to give every American adult a guaranteed monthly $1,000 check. The idea, known by economists as the universal basic income, or UBI, has been rebranded by Yang as the “freedom dividend.” (“Who can be against the ‘freedom dividend?’” Yang has joked. “What kind of an asshole do you have to be?”)