Democratic Candidate Andrew Yang has quickly risen to become a star on the brightest side of the “intellectual dark web” by appealing to the working class voters that used to be the foundation of his party’s attention with the promise of a very juicy piece of welfare pie. But is Yang a strong candidate and what are his chances of taking the White House?
Judging by the unprecedented Mainstream Media rage that happened after Trump was elected as President of the United States, winning the Oval Office does still matter. The process of winning it is not done by good ideas, honesty and honest patriotism however. Instead it is done by aggressive marketing, pandering and sky-high promises. Obama not only became President in 2008 but he also won the title of “Marketer of the Year” based around his campaign of “Hope and Change”. “Make America Great Again” was also a PR triumph worthy of a win in biggest popularity contest on Earth.
Candidate Yang so far does not have a winning slogan or image yet but he does have a winning idea – Universal Basic Income (UBI) which he refers to as the Freedom Dividend, which would give every American a $1,000 government check per month to use as they see fit. On some Youtube Alt-Right\Alt-Light legendary interviews with Joe Rogan and Ben Shapiro, Yang said that his experience working for his own “Venture for America” program (that gives “two-year fellowship program for recent grads who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities”) and looking at projected job losses due to the next wave of automation that will hit the global economy, he is sure that UBI is the only way to deal with the massive unemployment that will appear in the US very soon. This message was definitely able to perk interest in the type of voters who were repulsed by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
To further support his view, Yang claims that his statistics say that retail and truck driving are two massive areas of the American economy that will be utterly destroyed by the predicted rise of the robots and that “retraining the truckers to code” is not a viable option as throwing college and training at people (which is a mantra of most Democrats like Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez) does not solve these problems. Yang also says that many college degrees (some lawyers, accountants, clerical work) will also so be worthless in the near future and it would be better off for society to reconsider and revalue trades like plumbers which cannot be replaced by robots and provide everyone with the minimum they need to survive to keep society afloat.
In good “I feel your pain” Democrat fashion Yang addresses the drug addiction, low birth rates and suicide across the US in his interviews, however he attributes them almost universally to the results of high unemployment and atomization of labor. It is very nice to hear a Presidential candidate acknowledge that especially for men, jobs are what give us our identity and purpose in life and when we lose it we may react violently towards ourselves or society, but it is a shame that Yang cannot see that there could be a spiritual ideological crisis in America and that massive drug abuse and suicide in the wealthiest nation in human history may have something more to do with than losing your job to a robot. The real crisis is Liberalism itself, but that is a topic for another day, but the question remains can Yang win?
Andrew Yang’s Personality and Style
Mr. Yang speaks in a very calm voice, he uses a lot of information and statistics, with only the occasional appeal to Americans who have it tough. This “intellectual” approach is a loser’s game as people make decisions based on emotion rather than reason especially in terms of electing the next President. A small, soft spoken brainy guy with lots of stats is a terrible sell. The people who will vote for any candidate that will give them the most “free” stuff are not going to pay attention Yang, who should be out in the media like a used car salesman screaming about how every vote for him is $1000 a month for the rest of your life, satisfaction guaranteed, with no money down!
This is not to say the American people are dumb, this is just how Western-Style Democracy works. As he is today Yang is too sterile and intellectual to win.
Andrew Yang’s Vision
As mentioned above offering supposedly free things to the masses (like Sanders with free college tuition) is always a winner, but the apocalyptic economic prophecy that Andrew Yang has for America’s future is very scary and definitely scary enough to make someone vote to avoid it. Although this Democrat himself is extremely boring, his dark vision of America in the next few decades is vivid and terrifying. This vision if hyped up could compensate for Yang’s total lack of personality. Then again it may be better for the Democrats to just put Yang’s vision into a different vessel that is more marketable as his ideas are far better than he himself is for winning.
Andrew Yang’s is a One-Trick Pony
Although he gets tries to throw out a mythos of being the son of immigrants who became successful in American and criticize Political Correctness, Yang is essentially a UBI machine at this point. Although he appeals to many of the populist positions of Trump, the Orangeman just simply does those positions better. Furthermore, for his base and centrists “Alt-Light” positions may not be thrilling enough to get people to go out and vote. So far Yang’s only real selling point is one single issue. There are single issue voters out there but UBI is way more new to the American psyche than guns and abortion. Yang has to expand a platform around a core his Freedom Dividend to other issues that will draw in voters or he is simply doomed as a candidate.