[Ed. – Cute, but I don’t see this making headway against Trump at all. It only makes more sense if you compare it to the other Democrats’ “93 trillion here, 30 trillion there, what’s the diff?” policy patter.]
“We’re going to shock the world come next February,” Yang told me, referring to the Iowa caucuses on February 3, 2020.
Yang thinks he’s tapped into a new strain of politics. He insists he’s not a fatalist or a nihilist. He figures himself to be an optimist, just one who sees how terrible things are and how much worse they can get, and he believes that the only way to get to the light is to acknowledge the darkness. “When you accept the circumstances that we’re going to be competing against technologies that have a marginal cost of near zero,” Yang told me, “then quickly you have to say, ‘Okay, how are we going to start valuing our time?’ Like, what does a 21st-century economy look like, in a way that actually serves our interests, and not the capital-efficiency machine?”
This is the message coming from a 44-year-old former corporate lawyer from New York who spent years running a nonprofit investment firm.