The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang

The War on Normal People

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 th...


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TitleThe War on Normal People
ISBN9780316414241
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Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherHachette Books
GenreNonfiction, Economics, Politics, Business, Science, Technology
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  • Mrs. Europaea
    2018-04-17
    Move over Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Mama has a new issue to plague her sleepless nights.In The War on Normal People, Yang, outlines the upcoming employment crisis to hit the United States. With increasing measures by businesses and organizations to make all things automated for reasons of "productivity and efficiency", he lists the industries most in jeopardy due to technological advancements. Industries include but are not limited to: Office ...
  • Muhan
    2018-03-13
    When Donald Trump was elected President in 2016, I was living in Miami, FL. At the time, I had lived through three cycles of boom and bust in the United States. The great recession, in particular, sparked my interest in economics and its impact on society. At the time, learning about subprime mortgages, securitization, foreclosures, and interest rates engrossed me in a profound but technical manner. As the Big Short summarized so succinctly, how ...
  • Andrew Frawley
    2018-03-16
    It’s hard to be in the year 2018 and not hear about the endless studies alarming the general public about coming labor automation. But what Yang provides in this book is two key things: automation has already been ravaging the country which has led to the great political polarization of today, and second, an actual vision into what happens when people lose jobs, and it definitely is a lightning strike of “oh shit.”I found this book relative...
  • Donna Hines
    2018-03-11
    Americans are becoming more angered, more frustrated, even more depressed and despondent in this Dog Eat Dog world we currently reside in as they struggle for basics to simply survive.Jobs are being replaced by automation, innovation, technology as the new norm. What happened to benefits for all workers, affordable healthcare and childcare, availability of full time work with paid family leave, equal pay, living wages, seniority, and hiring based...
  • Diane Pagen
    2018-03-13
    I read The War On Normal People. I recommend it to everyone, which makes it a different kind of book. Even though I love, say, detective novels, and biographies, I won't recommend them to every kind of person. The War On Normal People stands out to me as being able to improve the lives of every person.Andrew Yang isn't screwing around, telling us that we need to ponder the problem of automation, so that in a few years we can maybe do something. P...
  • Caren
    2018-07-05
    I wanted to read this book after hearing the author being interviewed on a podcast:https://samharris.org/podcasts/130-un...I actually listened to some of it in an audio-book format, read by the author, and then finished up by reading a physical book. (The author's audio performance was only so-so, but the content of the book was very thought-provoking.) More and more often, I read about the probability that automation will, in coming years, creat...
  • Fiona Aboud
    2018-03-13
    I found this amazing book to be incredibly powerful. The effect of reading Yang's book is literally like waking up and seeing the world in a new way. It's so easy to think of automation as someone else's issue, or a decades-away problem, but the book decidedly convinces the reader that we're already far, far in the middle of revolutionary changes that are manifesting themselves today for millions of people. The book is inspiring in the way it ins...
  • Miles
    2018-07-15
    Like many others, I discovered Andrew Yang by way of his excellent interview with Sam Harris last month. Yang, who is running for President in 2020, immediately struck me as honest, intelligent, well-informed, and profoundly reasonable––a heroic foil for the repugnant personalities that dominate today’s national politics. Yang’s central campaign issue is the institution of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) for all Americans, a daring and pro...
  • Ben
    2018-07-22
    Universal Basic Income is a really interesting idea and it seems it would have something for everyone. Conservatives should like it because it can eliminate the cumbersome bureaucracy and disincentive to work of the current welfare state. Liberals should like it because it provides a safety net for the poor. Globalists and technocrats should like it because it will help them sleep better at night as they systematically eliminate millions of jobs....
  • Daniel Arnstein
    2018-03-14
    Human Capitalism is an excellent economic system that should be institutionalized within America. Yes, radicalizing an entire economic system seems crazy at first; but once you wrap your head around how basic it could be to implement & how effective it could be for 350,000,000 people, it feels like the only way forward. Human Capitalism builds a system for what America should look like in the 22nd century and beyond. In a world where globalism an...
  • Zach
    2018-03-22
    I literally jumped out of my bed in excitement halfway through reading this book.Andrew Yang completely nails what has caused many of the problems in the US. His simple description of the human effects from automation, and his major policy recommendations to fix them are both a strong reality check and extremely inspirational.Whether you're Republican or Democrat, Andrew clearly proves that automation is real and having a negative effect on our s...
  • Meow
    2018-06-26
    This review is long overdue and I find myself often referring back to bits and pieces I’ve read. The War On Normal People is a frightening commentary of our American economy and how ever advancing technology has already and will continue to create an epic scale of unemployment. More and more jobs are being eliminated as a result of “automation” and how is this affecting our society? Humans being rendered useless or irrelevant because their ...
  • C.J. Shane
    2018-06-19
    I’ll admit. When I first heard about the idea of Universal Basic Income (UBC), I cynically thought that the chance of that happening in this country was as likely as gun control being implemented. Zero chance. Then I read Andrew Yang’s book The War on Normal People. He makes a very compelling argument for Universal Basic Income and Medicare for everyone. I also really like his "social credits" program which is in operation in a number of U.S....
  • Daniel
    2018-06-28
    Yang is running for America presidency 2020. He is the founder of Venture For America which distributed talents into developing cities in America, to staunch the brain drain of smart people into the coastal cities. Yang described the future jobless scenario when most things would be done by AI and robots. Though new jobs would be created, it will be 20 smart coders replacing 10000 blue or while collar workers. Many people will be out of a job, co...
  • Aaron
    2018-05-21
    First and foremost, before I get into anything, I fully recommend this book. I'm giving it a perfect score...... But if I could I'd give it a higher score.Get it from the library, Amazon, or borrow it from a friend. Read it asap, it's easily one of the best books of the year. I hope it catches fire before 2020 (more on that at the end of the review).I have been on board the Basic Minimum Income train for a long time (ever since I read "Saving Cap...
  • Lisa
    2018-04-30
    I was absolutely shocked by this book and can't stop talking about it. The author gives a background of the largest income sectors in the US, all of which have lost or will lose jobs to automation, including retail and trucking, and the impact this will have on income inequality, families, and the future economy - and he has a plan for how to ameliorate the situation.I'll do pretty much anything to avoid going to a mall (I bought this book from T...
  • Jamie
    2018-07-05
    Andrew Yang describes with precision many of the social and economic woes plaguing society at present, painting a bleak, dismal, and all too plausible picture of how the near future may have some very tough times in store due to automation, AI, and the eternal quest of businesses to increase efficiency, and the many ripple effects this could have. Yang argues a compelling and well-reasoned case that universal basic income can address many such pr...
  • Amanda
    2018-06-21
    A great take on about how robots and artificial intelligence will drastically change jobs, including how many jobs are going to disappear for humans. It's something serious that we can't ignore and he argues that it's coming a lot sooner than we think. He urges that now is the time to get ready for this change and that there can be some things done to help the "normal" everyday person so that society continues on in a decent state instead of unra...
  • Selim Tlili
    2018-04-29
    Andrew Yang is a gifted writer who explains his ideas with incredible clarity and a palpable sense of urgency. His well reasoned arguments in favor of Universal Basic Income have convinced the skeptic in me that it would provide a lot of net positive results to the country and the world as a whole.Andrews fundamental argument, that technology will reduce our workload and cause the economy to shed a lot of jobs, makes sense with a caveat.I tend to...
  • Otto Lehto
    2018-04-22
    Andrew Yang paints a bleak picture of the future. If it were painted by a child, it would take him to a psychiatrist's office. But the author is no child, and no psychiatrist could conceivably deliver us from the menace of technological and sociological change.The book is a powerfully personal plea by a successful entrepreneur for a "human capitalism" to alleviate the social decay and psychological disruption caused by the creative destruction of...
  • Steve Agland
    2018-07-26
    Firstly, this book has a misleading title. It didn't describe a "war" - there are no clearly defined antagonists - but more describes the miserable decay of the flourishing 20th-century American way of life.There's also not that much about UBI in it - a chapter or two - but it's still worth reading if you're enamored of that particular economic solution.This is a very well written, engaging, clear, devastating and ultimately motivating book. It c...
  • Ling Chung
    2018-07-06
    Very thought provoking book that touches on many social issues we face today. Worth a read just to expand the mind and to explore possible solutions to our world's social issues. I really like the idea of "humanistic capitalism", where humanity should trump profits even in a capitalistic economy. Having graduated from a business school but also being knee deep in non-profits for the last 20 years, I'm often reconciling the left and the right. Som...
  • Mohammad D
    2018-07-19
    This book/warning is a cry out for more people to see beyond themselves and their immediate instance. I cannot understand how the information in this book is not common sense. I guess so many just care too much about the next big app, the next food trend, just wanting more material. I am guilty of this as well. History does repeat itself and this book made it clear how close we are to the next great depression (hypothetically). We the readers are...
  • Drew
    2018-07-22
    4 takeaways from this book: 1) Universal Basic Income needs to become a reality. A rising tide lifts all boats. -It would reduce stress, improve health, decrease crime, and strengthen relationships. -It would make our society more equitable, fair, and just. -It could be easily funded by a VAT (value added tax)2) The capitalist system is destined to fail. It creates too much inequality and too many meaningless jobs. -Humanity is more important...
  • Jakub Ferencik
    2018-07-28
    THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK I'VE READ THIS YEAR. The first time I heard about Andrew Yang was when he was on Sam Harris' podcast, "Waking Up". Yang is a current 2020 presidential candidate and successful entrepreneur that has spoken to many about creating jobs efficiently, including the former president, Barack Obama. Yang paints a very bleak picture for the future of humanity, our economy, and jobs. He looks at the speed of automation and ho...
  • Ailith Twinning
    2018-04-17
    There's a stark patronizing tone to this book that bugs me. It would have been a lot less evident if the author hadn't begun with "Your sort probably aren't reading this book." Well, thanks for that man. Yeah, yeah, statistics, I know - but there is such a thing as tact and it matters. Apart from that tho, it really feels like a book about someone trying hard to understand what poverty even is, and missing it because a few core issues are in his ...
  • Ben Neidl
    2018-05-18
    Mostly this is about job displacement in the mid and low skill labor force brought on by artificial intelligence. The author predicts major job losses over the next 10 years, with most of the casualties being men in transportation (truck driving) and similar blue collar positions who, the book posits, will either default into right wing extremism or just surrender fully to the increasingly seductive escapism of hyper-stimulating video games (whic...
  • Katie Bloom
    2018-04-17
    Normal Americans can sense that the economic systems in the US are rigged against them, but they can't always see the gears at work. The War on Normal People is a thorough, cogent, data-driven explanation of the state of our nation and exactly how things have gone so wrong. In sum, the average American is suffering from a lack of meaningful opportunity, a lack of money, and a lack of hope—and things are about to get infinitely, catastrophically...
  • Chris Carlson
    2018-06-21
    This booked forced me to consider so many things in vastly different ways! On the surface, it is a well articulated counterpoint to free market capitalism in the light of growing automation. But it is also addresses the gift of privilege, the near inescapable weight of poverty and so much more. Read this book to challenge how you see the world. Don't be dissuaded by your views on universal basic income, it is only a small portion towards the end ...
  • Cyrus
    2018-07-29
    This is a very interesting book about a topic that more people should be thinking about. Automation caused job replacement is coming and the time is short. I know a lot of people who think about this at all think that this will be like all the other Luddite claims and that new job creation will absorb the dislocated employee so there really isn't anything to worry about. I think they are wrong. The scale of joblessness will be overwhelming. And t...