The war on normal people : the truth about America's disappearing jobs and why universal basic income is our future
Yang, Andrew, 1975- author.
The war on normal people : the truth about America's disappearing jobs and why universal basic income is our future / Andrew Yang.
First trade paperback edition.
New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
xix, 284 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-275) and index.
- Introduction: The great displacement
- Part one: What's happening to jobs. My journey ; How we got here ; Who is normal in America ; What we do for a living ; Factory workers and truck drivers ; White-collar jobs will disappear, too ; On humanity and work ; The usual objections
- Part two: What's happening to us. Life in the bubble ; Mindsets of scarcity and abundance ; Geography is destiny ; Men, women, and children ; The permanent shadow class: what displacement looks like ; Video games and the (male) meaning of life ; The shape we're in/Disintegration
- Part three: Solutions and human capitalism. The freedom dividend ; Universal Basic Income in the real world ; Time as the new money ; Human capitalism ; The strong state and the new citizenship ; Health care in a world without jobs ; Building people
- Conclusion: Masters or servants.
The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future--now. One recent estimate predicts 45 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next twelve years--jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences of these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills. The future looks dire-but is it unavoidable? In The War on Normal People, Yang imagines a different future--one in which having a job is distinct from the capacity to prosper and seek fulfillment. At this vision's core is Universal Basic Income, the concept of providing all citizens with a guaranteed income-and one that is rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists.
- Subject headings
United States--Economic policy.
United States--Economic conditions.