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The War on Normal People

Narrated by: Andrew Yang
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Summary

From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes - and a rallying cry for the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy.

The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future - now. One recent estimate predicts 13 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next seven 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. Yang proposes that UBI is an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one he calls "human capitalism."

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Critic reviews

"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 best-selling author of The Industries of the Future)

"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, best-selling author of The Power of Broke, and founder of FUBU)

"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)

"A sobering portrait of a crumbling polity...[and] a provocative work of social criticism." (Kirkus Reviews

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Scary and inspirational

The most pessimistic and optimistic book I've ever read. Two thirds of the way through I was ready to slit my wrists. Your ( scary) analysis of our current and future evoking situation should be heard by every politician in power today (have you considered sending every congressman a copy). The last third is a clear and visionary explanation of some possible solutions to our problems. fantastic book. Good luck with your presidential bid.

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Depressing facts, Inspiring solution

A comprehensive review of the US and in part of the Western world in general. Packed full of facts, this might actually reduce some people’s desire to consume this, but for me it shows that the recommendations and conclusions are absolutely required. Clearly inspired by his own work and the failure of government, the author gives a rousing call to action. If life were to move in this direction I feel it would be good for the US and hence the world. It gets my vote. The authors voice is a bit monotonous at times but you get used to it and his passion does come through.

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A must-read for EVERYONE, everywhere!

Yes, that means you too. What Andrew proposes will be vital, not only to the U.S. but to the rest of humankind as well. He voice is also really easy to listen to.

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Dissapointed

I bought this because it made a big reference to Universal Basic Income. The reality was completely different.

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A revelation

The first half of this book presents a sobre but clear understanding of the current landscape and market dynamics in the coming two decades. The second half then proposes a bold vision for the future. It has left me feeling realistic but optimistic.

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An Interesting Character

some interesting opinions, I found myself asking as many questing as answers actually found. Andrew is at least thinking of the problems that lie ahead even if he doesn't have all the answers, but then who does. he seems like someone I'd vote for, if I had a vote, but I don't, so there is that... hmmm

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The chilling future we face unless we change now.

I write about our dysfunctional economy - how it has been hijacked by the rich elite (Capital) to serve their needs at the expense of the majority (Humanity.) I highlight the six leading causes and point out that if this thinking and approach prevails, where markets are placed before humanity, then, when we usher in this new epoch of Man - the AI and Robotics epoch, we are all screwed. This absolutely excellent book by Andrew Yang backs my hypothesis with all the disturbing facts. This book should be mandatory reading for everybody involved in determining social and economic policy. Unfortunately, it probably won't because it involves a fairer, more balanced outcome for the majority; something the rich elite don't want and will resist with all their considerable might. They want it all, yet our long-term success depends upon looking after the welfare of all.

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Excellent book

An excellent book, shows the frightening experience of the future of automation, would recommend, well narrated

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Has Yang been sent from the future to save us?

Comprehensive, forensic & compelling, whilst being slightly terrifying at same time. Yang's humanity shines through. He has not just joined the dots, done the MATH, ran the data, he cares deeply.

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This man is an inspiration

Listening to this man talk about the realities of our time gives me hope for our future. The future is now and Andrew Yang has the right idea about it, everything we already know but couldn't articulate he does eloquently.

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  • 19-02-19

Gave me hope!

The ideas expressed in this book are clear, well thought out and compelling. As a person who is disillusioned with the government and systems in our society this book gives me hope that there are people truly thinking about solutions and ways to implement them. thank you Andrew Yang for such a comprehensive resource, I for one will be thinking about these things and spreading them through conversation!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-19

Yang 2020

Binge worth and insightful. Yang presents the best case for UBI. This man should be our next president but I dont see that happening due to the nuanced nature of his solutions.

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  • Eivind Hagen
  • 04-07-18

This is an important topic, increasingly relevant.

Narration is not passionate enough, but the message comes through loud and clear. Universal Basic Income is potentially a central part off how we will solve many of the problems of pure capitalism. This is an idea that may seem counterintuitive, but if you follow the logic it shows a lot of potential. Also worth realizing is that UBI is already in use in various forms around the world.

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  • George Janeiro
  • 22-02-19

The Perfect Antidote to Trump

Andrew Yang, a compassionate capitalist, has the problem-identifying and problem-solving skills to be a great President. He and his ideas are exactly what America needs right now to save us from Trump and everything that gave us Trump.

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  • Tommie Sexton
  • 09-07-18

I Would Vote For Him

Thank you Sam Harris for having Andrew on your podcast or I would have found out about him too late!! His cogent argument in The War On Normal People to get off our ass and realize that automation is coming was convincing to the point where I may become an evangelist for the cause. By announcing his candidacy for President so early on should give me some time to tell many people about him and for humanity to hear his message: America is not broken and the future is not bleak. Andrew Yang in 2020!!

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  • Dwayne Murray
  • 21-02-19

Very Informative

A must Listen. Hemingway once said "the world is a fine place and worth fighting for" even if you don't agree with the entire quote, we should all agree with part of it.

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  • DowntownJohn
  • 20-02-19

An important message right now

I can't say I enjoyed this book, because it's difficult to hear that widespread unemployment is in our future - permanently. But the author does a great job of laying out the problem and proposing a solution. And backing up that proposal with strong arguments. I also liked the author's exposing many things in our current society that either don't work for the public good, or actively work against it. An example being U. S News and World Reports annual colleges rankings. I had no idea it was so damaging. Or that Harvard functions like a hedge fund with a university attached. All in all, an excellent book. Highly Recommended.

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  • Calvin smith
  • 03-07-18

Amazingly well written and well explained

Yang uses data and common sense to defend social democracy. He lays out the problems with the current economic model and proposes solutions like medacare for all, social currencies, and of course, universal basic income (UBI). His common sense approach is characteristic of an entrepreneur and he defends his solutions in a novel but compelling way. This is a must read for anyone who cares about the future of our country.

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  • Carp Henry
  • 09-02-19

Brilliant and Hopeful!

Andrew Yang's insightful ideas and clear vision will bring prosperity to the United States. The socioeconomic benefits are staggering and will likely reach far beyond what any of us could imagine! Inspiring!

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  • RS1985
  • 17-02-19

Informative and compelling!

Thank you for writing this book and explaining what the future looks like. This story should be mainstream news!

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