I came across this very fun and well done video on YouTube explaining UBI – Universal Basic Income.
UBI or Freedom Dividend – is one of the main reasons why I started paying attention to Andrew Yang, as he was the one pushing for it. Ever since he suspended his campaign on February 2020, more and more people are discussing his ideas and getting involved in politics even.
But again, UBI is not a new concept. There are people in American history who have pushed for a Universal Basic Income – such as Martin Luther King, Jr.
One of the main arguments against UBI is thinking that people are just going to become lazy once they get free money. Studies have shown that that is not the case – instead of creating a ceiling (like welfare programs with strings attached), it creates a floor where people can stand up.
Now that we are going through a worldwide pandemic, UBI isn’t sounding as radical as it did before.
It’s safe to say that a lot of Yang Gang are experiencing a range of emotions ever since Andrew Yang suspended his presidential campaign. I know he had good reason to do so but still, a lot of us are feeling a certain type of way about it. We all feel like we’re in limbo or something, wondering what’s going to happen next.
For one, I’ve never given a crap about politics…EVER. Not until Andrew Yang entered the scene. And a lot of people who follow him now say the exact same thing.
Many people (mostly Yang Gang) are still hoping that he would unsuspend his campaign but at this point, it doesn’t seem that way. Per his final Nevada townhall a few days after suspending, he does plan on announcing something within the next two to six weeks though.
Over the weekend, I watched this 2 hour long YouTube video of Paget Kagy interviewing Dr. Quintus Jett and there are a lot of valuable insights as to what happened to Andrew Yang’s campaign and what could still happen, which is why I got excited about the possibility of Andrew Yang rebooting his campaign because Dr. Jett broke it down in such a way that sounded like it was still very possible – reboot the campaign not to win as president but to simply continue letting people know about his Freedom Dividend / Universal Basic Income.
The Freedom Dividend – giving $1000 to every American over the age of 18 with no strings attached – is what initially attracted me to Andrew Yang. My friend called it a handout. And while it probably sounds that way, I know plenty of people who would love to receive that $1000 a month.
Finally, a plan that actually gives something to people – money in their hands to do whatever they want with it.
Needless to say, I’ve been obsessed all week since the campaign suspension; I’ve been watching videos on YouTube and just trying to understand what worked and what didn’t. A lot of us (myself included), donated to Andrew Yang’s campaign whether it was time, money, effort. I donated money, which is something I’ve never done before. That’s how much I believed in Andrew Yang’s message.
While the whole experience of following Andrew Yang’s political journey is a personal choice, I also see it as a study in marketing, advertising, psychology, social media, running fast moving political campaigns and a peek into how mainstream media (MSM) operates.
My thoughts on MSM? They don’t like diversity as much as they claim to. Andrew Yang was blacked out, literally ignored almost every single time MSM would talk about the presidential candidates. He was also given the least amount of speaking time during the debates. It was infuriating to witness over and over and that’s why I think Yang Gang fought even harder for Andrew.
I wrote this down so I can finally be at peace with it and let go of my own expectations, so I guess we’ll see what happens next. I hope to stay engaged just to see what Andrew Yang plans on doing but after this, I might go back to being disengaged in politics unless someone else interesting comes along.