#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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