Let’s assume that Andrew Yang loses the Democratic primary.
It is easy to see how this happens. The Democratic Party is too polarized and too angry for progressives to vote for an Asian moderate. Meanwhile, the more moderate Democrats are Boomers and stick with tried and true Joe Biden. In such a scenario, Yang drops out after the first few debates.
What happens then? The issues raised by Yang about the buzzsaw that is automation, robotics and artificial intelligence destroying millions of White working class and middle class jobs in the South and Midwest and vacuuming away the wealth to coastal enclaves like San Francisco isn’t going to go away. We’re only at the very beginning of the process which will pick up steam in the 2020s and 2030s.
If someone like Yang doesn’t address that problem, who do you think will? The political and cultural establishment is already discredited now in the Heartland. Populism is already soaring across the West. What do you think it is going to be like ten or twenty years down the road? If current trends continue and the polarization intensifies and nothing is done about the systemic problem that is shredding the social fabric and creating unprecedented levels of income inequality, what happens then?
I’m paying attention to Yang’s campaign and taking notes. I doubt that I am the only one in the “Far Right.” I have incorporated a lot of what he is saying into my own worldview while discarding all the social liberalism that I disagree with. There is no reason why other candidates can’t take what Yang is saying about automation and marry it to social conservatism and authoritarianism and present it in a different and more familiar way to that angry audience in the South and the Midwest.
Someone is going to do it eventually and that person isn’t going to be a buffoon like Donald Trump surrounded by a bunch of conservative hacks and grifters.