The War on Normal People
Good jobs are disappearing. New technologies like robots and AI are great for business, but will quickly displace millions of American workers. In the next twelve years, a third of all American workers are at risk of permanently losing their jobs, a crisis far worse than the Great Depression. If we want a bright future, we have to do something we’ve never done before—and we have to do it now.
In The War on Normal People, on shelves April 3rd, Andrew imagines a different future—one in which people yet prosper and seek fulfillment through the automation wave. At the center of this vision is Universal Basic Income, a form of social security that provides every American adult with a monthly $1,000 check, no strings attached; it’s an idea rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists. Andrew makes the case for UBI as an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one that puts humans first.
A note from Andrew:
Seven years ago I founded Venture for America, an organization that creates jobs in cities across the country. VFA has already created thousands of opportunities, and I’m proud of the work it continues to do. But along the way, it became clear to me that jobs were disappearing faster than we could create them.
In The War on Normal People, I explain the massive employment crisis already underway, and what this shift will mean for tens of millions of Americans, from truck drivers to lawyers, call center workers to accountants. Artificial intelligence, robotics, and software are about to replace millions of workers. This is no longer speculative – it is already happening. Our labor participation rate is currently at 62.7%, about the same rate as El Salvador and a multi-decade low. 1 out of 5 prime-working-age Americans is out of the workforce and social ills like drug use and suicide are surging.
I’m not a career politician—I’m an entrepreneur who understands technology and the job market, and I know things are going to get much, much worse than the establishment is willing to admit.
We have two options. We can stay the course, and let millions of hardworking Americans fall into unemployment and despair. Or we can face the challenge together, and create a society in which humanity is valued as much as the market.
The War on Normal People lays out a pathway for a better future. It will start with the Freedom Dividend, a Universal Basic Income for every American adult of $1000 a month which will also create 4.6 million jobs and grow the economy $2.5 trillion in perpetuity. Even as the Freedom Dividend shores up our economy, we must develop new measurements beyond GDP to start channeling resources toward measuring human progress and improving our average well-being.
None of this will be easy. But we don’t have a choice.
Help us change our fate. Pre-order your copy of The War on Normal People. Read the excerpts and share with your friends and loved ones. Make a donation to our campaign. We’re going to remake America so that the economy and the people it serves can thrive. And we can’t do it alone.
Praise for The War on Normal People
Andrew Yang is one of those rare visionaries who puts dreams into action. The War on Normal People is both a clear-eyed look at the depths of our social and economic problems and an innovative roadmap toward a better future.
―Arianna Huffington, Founder, and CEO of Thrive Global
This book is a must-read. Andrew Yang is tackling one of the biggest challenges facing our country the way only an entrepreneur can, but unlike most, he sees the big picture. Making money is good for you-but building a strong society and strong people is good for all of us. The topics Andrew addresses in this book aren’t about some dystopian future way down the road. These things are happening today, and every entrepreneur should read this book to understand the challenges of the next decade.
―Daymond John, star of ABC’s Shark Tank, bestselling author of The Power of Broke, and founder of FUBU
In this powerful book, Andrew Yang highlights the urgent need to rewrite America’s social contract. In a call to arms that comes from both head and heart, Yang has made an important contribution to the debate about where America is headed and what we need to do about it.
―Alec Ross, New York Times bestselling author of The Industries of the Future
America desperately needs a wake-up call. This book will open your eyes to the ongoing effects of automation. Fortunately, aside from knowing full well the many challenges we face, Andrew Yang has a firm grasp of the solutions, most especially our need for Universal Basic Income. Read this book and hear the urgent call for abundance over scarcity, and humanity over abject madness. The clock is ticking.
―Scott Santens, Director, U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network
Andrew Yang writes with passion and conviction, offering astute analysis–as well as a hopeful solution–for the looming challenge that may well define the coming decades: How can we ensure broad-based prosperity in a future where labor-displacing technology becomes vastly more powerful?
―Martin Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Robots