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2020 Presidential Candidate: Andrew Yang
While doing research tonight, I stumbled across this guy.  Andrew Yang is a Democrat candidate for the 2020 Presidential election. He has a CLUE.  He's one of the few people other than myself to realize the scope of economic change underway.  Not only does he advocate Universal Basic Income, he takes it a step farther than my idea of raising corporate taxes back where they belong: fund it with a tax specifically on industries that are shifting the most to automation.  This degree of precision impresses me.  He also proposes Digital Social Credits.  That's almost identical to the aura, Terramagne-Europe's currency created by prosocial activities.  Check out the rest of his stances on major issues.  Compare that list to Bluehill, if you like.  Now, I don't agree with all of those; we have some serious divergences.  But this guy is much closer to my ideals than anyone else I've seen taking the field thus far.  Clearly he has a brain, which means if he fucks up, he's likely to notice that and try something else.

If you are displeased with the outrageous embarrassment in the Oval Office, here's something you can DO about it: every time that bombastic human turd does something that offends human decency, fold your vote in half and send it to someone who is not an ignoramus.  You're not powerless.  This is America; money talks.  Even $5 is better than nothing.  If you can band together with like-minded friends and bundle your offerings, so much the better.  Register to vote if you are eligible.  Browse the range of political parties. Research the candidates for President in 2020; check your local and state opportunities for the midterms.

If you're in some other country and want NOT to have a repetition of this last fiasco, there are things you can do too.  Research the candidates and talk up the ones you admire.  This may help your American readers find out about them.  Research political issues and problems of interest to you and support worthy causes.  Frex, if you get people behind the idea of Universal Basic Income, then that will help candidates who favor it.

Work the problem.

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: July 2nd, 2018 12:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
"....fund it with a tax specifically on industries that are shifting the most to automation."

Uh, that's ALL of them. Because they're ALL going that way.
My hubby TEACHES the robotics used in industry. He says ALL industry is headed that way now and has been since 2008.
Unfortunately there's something you haven't thought about. If you tell American industry that they're going to have to pay extra taxes for not using human workers in their factories, they're going to do two things:
1) They'll close their American factories and relocate south or north of our borders
AND
2) They'll fold their votes in half and give them to the politicians who are willing to vote THEIR way.
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Hubby told me last night that back when they started talking about hitting Bill Gates with an antitrust suit, Bill Gates is said to have told them quietly that if they didn't leave him alone, he had only to pick up and move his operations to Mexico--which could begin that evening. (The idea being that with his company went all the taxes being currently paid by Microsoft as well.) As far as I can tell, the court action came to a stop...
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Don't know whether hubby's take on this is correct or not, but it makes a certain amount of sense.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 2nd, 2018 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>Uh, that's ALL of them. Because they're ALL going that way.<<

Not all, but a lot. There's a countermovement for handmade goods and (real) human services even in some areas that are going automatic (e.g. handmade sportscars and health offices that hire live people to call patients), and some sectors don't automate nearly as well as manufacturing. If you want your toilet fixed, you need a local plumber, you can't call some dude in Mexico. So, get those businesses to back your plan, because it will even the field against the automated ones.

>> 1) They'll close their American factories and relocate south or north of our borders <<

That wouldn't go over well at all with the many consumers who want to buy American because "America is great." It's also blockable with laws; e.g. banning or taxing such moves, declaring that such companies are no longer American so tariffs apply. I don't think this particular candidate would support some of the other options like revoking American citizenship from people with multiple allegiance who devest.

>> 2) They'll fold their votes in half and give them to the politicians who are willing to vote THEIR way. <<

Credible threat. People like them bought the last election. They buy a lot of elections. Can they buy ALL of the elections? Probably not. How well are they going to fare in an economy that's going to get worse and worse, forever, until it literally ceases to function at all or someone replaces it with options pretty much like these? "I will give you free money" is a very attractive pitch, if you can find a frigging platform so people can know it's something they could have. "You don't have to be useless" is as compelling as "You don't have to be poor."

I don't expect him to win. Most people disagree with my stances. But I do know he's on the right track, and some of the things that make him right are forces with massive momentum like the fundamental shift in the economy. There's a very limited number of outcomes here: either we reverse the trend (some people do give up technology; the Amish decided most of it just wasn't worth the drawbacks), we patch it with solutions that all look very similar to his (e.g. find some way other than conventional employment to support most of the populace), keep going until the country collapses under its own weight and dies, or keep going until it's so weak that someone else overruns the place.

Or, you know, climate change puts a wrecking ball through the whole of human civilization, also a very credible threat. I note he has some plans for mitigating that, which sadly, not enough other people care about to have fixed yet.

>> Hubby told me last night that back when they started talking about hitting Bill Gates with an antitrust suit, Bill Gates is said to have told them quietly that if they didn't leave him alone, he had only to pick up and move his operations to Mexico--which could begin that evening. (The idea being that with his company went all the taxes being currently paid by Microsoft as well.) As far as I can tell, the court action came to a stop... <<

Well, that's how America works today. But it's causing a lot of problems. Either we find a way to fix those, or sooner or later, it'll collapse, just as a great many other once-successful empires descended into decadence and thence the dustpile of history.

An oracle's job is to warn, not to convince.
elenbarathi From: elenbarathi Date: July 2nd, 2018 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Outstanding; thanks! He's definitely the best potential Presidential candidate I've seen so far. I don't know how much of a chance he'll have of winning the Dem nomination, but just the fact that he's running ought to push the other Dems left.

I don't agree with his climate change agenda, though:

"Invest heavily in carbon capture and geoengineering technologies designed to reverse the damage already done to the environment through a new Global Geoengineering Institute and invite international participation.

Invest in any idea that has the potential to reverse the damage done to the environment, for example cloud-seeding technology to increase the atmosphere’s reflectivity."


Cloud-seeding would be an environmental disaster. Geoengineering is a solution of last resort, and has no surety of success. I don't see much in his platform about stopping the destruction of the environment. It's early on, I know, but I'd like to see him make some stronger statements about habitat preservation, and not leasing public lands to private companies to exploit for profit.

Edited at 2018-07-02 10:47 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 3rd, 2018 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>> Outstanding; thanks! He's definitely the best potential Presidential candidate I've seen so far.<<

:D

>> I don't know how much of a chance he'll have of winning the Dem nomination, but just the fact that he's running ought to push the other Dems left.<<

Probably not much chance. Then again, people are really unhappy with Doorknob Topknot. Sometimes that creates a lot of swing.

>> I don't agree with his climate change agenda, though: <<

Neither do I. Like I said, I disagree on some major points. But I'm confident he'll do less damage than all the Republicans I've seen. Also he's Democrat not Green, which means he has some chance of winning instead of a non-zero chance.

He has a brain, too. I think there's a reasonable chance that is scientists say, "Mr. President, that plan will cook the environment," he will at least look at their data and consider their input instead of playing with his phone.
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