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The War on Normal People

The War on Normal People

The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future

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 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. 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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Genre: Nonfiction / Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy

On Sale: April 3rd 2018

Price: $14.99 / $18.99 (CDN)

Page Count: 304

ISBN-13: 9780316414258

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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

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