United States: Unstoppable Andrew Yang carries basic income to the national debate stage

All ten candidates at the Democratic Deabte for the United States Presidential elections.


“It is not left, it is not right, it is forward”. Andrew Yang drank from Scott Santens famous words, to finish off his contribution to the Democratic Debate to the United States Presidential elections in 2020. The political debate, held on June 27th 2019, featured all 10 Democratic Party candidates who qualified to be in the televised debate (more than 65000 donors). Yang’s Freedom Dividend was voiced, for the first time ever, on a US national debate stage, shortly described as a 1000 $/month for every adult citizen, unconditionally.


Although severely time restrained to hush in his ideas – he was only allowed 2 minutes and 50 seconds of speaking time, the lowest of all candidates present in the debate – Yang succeeded in the attempt to plant the seed of basic income among the American People. People are definitely interested in basic income, or at least the basic income as Andrew Yang conceives it, considering the spikes in views of his intervention clips, posted by NBC, which surpassed those of any other candidate. Soon after the debate, Google searches for “basic income” spiked to about 300% of the average search results for those terms.


In March, Yang’s candidacy had just surpassed the 65000-donor mark; now it has gone over 130000 donors, qualifying him to further debates, to be held in September and October this year. Also, his platform’s list of followers shows no signs of slowing down, having gained more than 100000 new followers, just for having participated in this debate. Whether or not Andrew Yang will become the next President of the United States, his candidacy has already been historical, by definitely sketching basic income on the public and political arena.


Yang’s contributions to the debate can be seen on this short video:


More information at:

Scott Santens, “Editorial: Andrew Yang makes U.S. history by introducing the idea of universal basic income onto the national debate stage”, Basic Income Today, July 3rd 2019

Jason Burke Murphy, “United States: Andrew Yang reaches milestone: likely to be in a televised debate”, Basic Income News, March 19th 2019

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  • Gonzalo

    Love your articles!

  • Tracie Smith

    A basic income is possible without raising taxes. Simple: stop blowing up countries who say no to our leaders. $145 billion going to the defense budget could be used to fund a basic income. And no, it shouldn’t be universal. If you can buy an insurance company you don’t need a basic income.

    Second, it should replace welfare and go along side guaranteed full-time employment.

  • gespil

    Do you know why Yang’s UBI is so fake.
    Because we must hope that somebody spends 10k so somebody can get 1k as Yang’s UBI.
    (like a dogs hoping for a bone from the master’s meal.)

    (somebody must eat 10 times more than needed for survival so that you can have your survival ration)

    Yang has no policies which guarantee big enough spending to ensure that his UBI will work perpetually. But even if the spending is there Yang’s fake UBI encourages a master-dog relationship among humans.

    By its very design Yang’s UBI is flawed because it demands that somebody must first spend 10k before somebody can get 1k as Yang’s UBI.

    The only UBI that can work even in bad times when nobody is willing to spend or able to earn is the real UBI which is always based on taxing ownership of Wealth.

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