#YangGang has exploded across the internet. You might have seen it. Andrew Yang, presidential wannabe, is the man at the centre of the trending hashtag. But who is he and what is his platform ideas? What type of president would he be if he won? And is he the dark horse that could overtake any number of the already crowded frontrunners in the Democratic field, including Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harris.

Crowded Democratic Field

Andrew Yang was born in New York. His parents immigrated to New York from Taiwan in the 1960’s. His parents made an income in the technology field- his father was a researcher at IBM and Mum was a systems administrator at a local university.  

Mr. Yang studied economics and political science at Brown University and went to law school at Columbia. He moved over to a stint with a healthcare start-up where he met his current wife Evelyn.

Seeing the degradation of the Rust Belt cities, such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Canton in Ohio, Mr. Yang launched a for non-profit Venture for America, an organisation that seeks to promote incentives for talented, business minded and entrepreneurial spirited people to move to these depressed areas.

Yang supports an array of radical socialist policies. These include universal Medicare, radically addressing climate change, and a radical reduction of the United States incarceration rate.

On Medicare, Mr. yang argues that moving the United States to a single-payer system will “raise the quality of life for all Americans, but, by increasing access to preventive care, will bring overall healthcare costs down”.

Mr. Yang’s climate change theories are even more radical. He believes that “climate change is an existential threat to humanity” and that it should be a “top priority of the federal government to implement policies to control anthropogenic climate change while working with other governments to implement these policies throughout the world”.

But he has primarily differentiated himself with a more radical proposal: Universal Basic Income (UBI). UBI is the notion that robots and artificial intelligence (AI) are making human beings in the work environment more and more redundant.

This would mean the American taxpayer has to guaranteed payments of $1,000 per month, or $12,000 per year, to all U.S. citizens over the age of 18.

If Mr. Yang was to win, he would set into motion a wave of internal anti-nationalist attitudes, as he would use the White House office of President to push through a “Humanity First” agenda. This is a radically different vision the what we have been used to with Trump and his “America First” agenda.    

Regardless of what side of politics you fall on, Andrew Yang is someone to watch. His polices are less strange and progressive then someone like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but less certainly less Communist then Bernie Sanders. All things considered, he has opened the debate UBI and the technological future. Mr. Yang is someone to watch out for.  

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