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The war on normal people

by Yang, Andrew, 1975-

Format: Book on CD 2018
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Monroeville Public Library Audio CD 362.5 YANG
Location  Monroeville Public Library
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Call Number  CD 362.5 YANG

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 thirteen 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Yang, author of Smart People Should Build Things (2014)and founder of Venture for America, believes that the U.S. economy is unprepared for automation, though it will affect every sector of society. Yang cites business reports, government statistics, and newspaper articles, and he draws from his personal experiences and conversations with entrepreneurs, government officials, and technologists to explain the challenges of automation. He also discusses opportunities for the federal government to create reform programs like universal basic income, which can reorganize and strengthen the labor economy for the long term. As Yang shares his thoughts on the country's economic pathways ahead, his assessment of the economic trends and ramifications of automation is well explained and easy to follow. Readers interested in economic development and policies, labor trends, and industrial relations will find Yang's outlook on automation and the role of federal reform programs in addressing economic stability to be insightful and persuasive.--Pun, Raymond Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This eye-opening if depressing analysis from Yang, founder of the nonprofit Venture for America, proves far more effective at outlining an impending employment crisis in America than in offering practical solutions. Ascribing the crisis to increasing automation driven by artificial intelligence, Yang provides a sober rebuttal to more optimistic thinkers, such as Thomas Friedman, who believe that Americans can be transformed into lifelong learners, and thus keep pace with changes in the workplace that would eliminate millions of current jobs, including white-collar ones, such as attorneys specializing in document review, and even medical positions (computers have proven to be quite adept at reading and diagnosing radiology scans). Yang predicts, all too plausibly, that growing unemployment can lead to violent protests. But his efforts at offering hope fall short, since ambitious measures like providing a universal basic income for every American stand little chance in an ultrapolarized political environment. Utopian ideas like this undercut the seriousness with which his warnings about a dystopian near-future, with even greater income inequality, deserve to be received. Agent: Byrd Leavell, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Basic income.
Poverty -- Government policy.
Automation -- Economic aspects.
Automation -- Social aspects.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 2009-
Publisher New York, NY :2018
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles War on normal people :
Contributors Hachette Audio (Firm), publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by the author.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Title from disc label.
Includes a PDF of supplemental material.
Description 6 audio discs (7 hr.) ; 4 3/4 in. +1 bonus PDF disc (4 3/4 in.)
ISBN 9781549172106
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