Hello? Douglas Lain yeah I’ve been meaning to talk to you Look, it’s 2022 . I’ve got my thousand
dollars a month UBI I don’t really know what I need you for. No no no no. I’ve got a robot doing my job now. It’s brilliant. I don’t have to do this
stupid show anymore. Look, anyway buddy. I got a stuff to do so
I’m gonna just let you go. Peace out. Hey there obsolete leftist humanoids. It’s
your borg: Robo-Comrade 9000. Today I’m going to explain to you how UBU
saved the world. Now let us discuss how UBI can bring our civilization to
glory. Satellite uplink activated. Abolish the welfare systems. Smash wages. Kill the
proletarian humanoids. All Hail God Emporer Besos. Besos Besos Besos
Yikes! Maybe I better call Doug Looks like this UBI has a few kinks that
need to be worked out first. What the fuck is Yang Gang. Yang Gang is a grassroots internet movement that supports Democratic candidate Andrew
Yang in his 2020 presidential bid in the US He’s managed to win over support
from a whole range of political camps: Disappointed Trump supporters Alt-Right
dickheads, liberals and even some real leftists. Yang is offering $1,000 a month to any American citizen over the age of 18 starting in
January 2021. So the freedom dividend is my flagship policy where every American adult receives $1,000 a month free and clear starting at age 18 and what this would enable America to do is just pay our bills for one thing because so many
of us are having trouble with that who Who is this guy?
Yang is a New York tech entrepreneur. He went to an Ivy League law school he was
CEO from Manhattan prep and founder of venture for America essentially he’s
capitalist swine. UBI goes under a whole lot of different names the universal basic income, guaranteed unconditional income, citizens income. Whatever. Although
there’s a load of different ways it can be implemented the general idea
is basically the same every time the government pays out every citizen a set
amount of money once a month regardless of their financial situation.
A lot of talk in recent decades has been related to the idea that AI and
automation means that robots are taking other jobs
The purpose the Yang’s UBI is to try and save capitalism when it’s totally in crisis
and it’s really unpopular. The Industrial Revolution which people cite as the precursor to what we’re going through there were mass riots in the industrial
revolution that killed dozens of people caused billions of dollars worth of
damage Labor Day is a holiday today because of those riots.
Yang understands that capitalism is in danger of being overthrown by ordinary working people
and he wants to protect it but buying off the workers that are most likely to
fight back from the perspective of protecting capital it’s a pretty good
plan too. Not gonna lie fam, there is something viscerally appealing about being offered straight cash from a politician I guess the reason it pretty
much appeals to everyone is that it solves a fundam ental problem that we all
have. Support for NEETBUX is both ironic and honor ironic
people aren’t generally stupid no matter what side of the political spectrum they
sit on everyone kind of pretty much acknowledges that the situation is
fucked and it’s getting worse every day which is the better choice everything
getting worse and worse every day or everything getting worse and worse
every day plus $1,000. Cha-ching!!! So what about the MAGA Chuds? A lot
of Trump supporters are pretty pissed off but he couldn’t pull off his racist
wall agenda and win even a symbolic victory for his misguided fan base in
fairness to Yang he understands the material basis for a lot of work is
voting for Trump and although he blames automation instead of capitalism more
generally he actually addresses the issue in a way that is distinct from
Democrats usual neoliberal, judgemental identity politics shtick. Donald Trump wins
the election in 2016 and for whatever reason in my opinion the media’s is not
being honest about all the economic drivers they’re blaming
racism Russia Facebook the FBI and if you look at the voter district data
there’s a straight line up between the adoption of industrial robots in that
voting district and the movement towards Trump Trump’s talk of bringing back jobs
and keeping out immigrants all amounted to pretty much nothing
the main community that once supported him is kind of bored of them now
#YangGang has mainstream appeal and is literally $1,000 a month. It’s a policy
that even those gormless fucks can relate to but where the Bernie Bros in
all of this? Let’s be honest. Yang is younger sexier and his ideas come across
as a bit more interesting and futuristic than Bernie Sanders traditional social
democratic platform . While his base is still strong he’s kind of at risk of
losing support to this more simplified idea. Then there’s our glorious comrades
on the Left where did they stand on securing the bag? Do they like it?
Hell yeah! A thousand bucks a month means less time it’s been working more time
building the revolution. Boom! There’s nothing particularly leftist about
turning down money that we can use to fight the power I’m sure some of you are
wondering what if any the possible drawbacks of UBI are? I’m gonna tell you.
Although it’s been tested in some parts of the world it’s not really clear
whether it would cause an explosive inflation problem or not. I’m not gonna
lie to you fam, UBI doesn’t cancel out the shittyness of capitalism. Think about
it this way if we had a guaranteed $1,000 a month what’s gonna stop our
landlords from jacking up our rent to cream off the top of that? And what’s
gonna stop our employers from paying us less because they know they can? Fucking parasites.
Even worse than this although Yang is initially promising not to take
welfare from people claiming more than $1,000 a month
traditionally ubi has been advocated by people who want to see the end of the
welfare state Yang is a pro-capitalist businessman. Ultimately his loyalties are
gonna lie with the markets and the capitalist class. Well I’m a CEO and
businessperson and I’ll tell you that putting money into people’s hands it’s
good for business it’s good for the economy and it’s good for markets this
is not socialism this is where this is capitalism where income doesn’t start at zero . So where’s the Spicy Take in all of this? this let me tell you how we should go
down: As leftists we should argue in favor of UBI. On its own it’s not
particularly damaging and it’s an extremely popular demand so we’d be
really stupid not to. UBI under socialism would be way different though. We should
be demanding a bag a month. Give me that bag. We should be demanding rent controls
so that our landlords can’t fuck us over in the short term. W e should be building mass
public housing so that we have our own house.
We should have universal health care so we don’t fucking die for no reason when
we’re supposed to be out spending our #NeetBucks
Fully free education so we can learn whatever the fuck we want Universal Child Care so we don’t have to spend all day at home with our ugly ass kids.
It couldn’t hurt to invest in mass Public Works and renewable energy you
know so our whole planet doesn’t become totally unsustainable and we die in an
environmental apocalypse This is basic shit family. It would make life less sucky overall and it’s pretty hard to argue with so if you’re at work and one
of your comrades our colleagues brings up behind #pussybux campaign let your
comrade know that we can ask for so much more shit we can demand more
If your friends are DSA supporters and they love Bernie tell him to get that old man
on board with securing the bag. There’s no reason not to give in to such a
universally popular demand. securing the bag is great and all but let’s not be cowards about it. Let’s secure the big bag. Ya’ll already know what I’m gonna say
let’s transform this planet into the Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space
Communist utopia that we all deserve and if the capitalist class try and stop us?
I don’t fuckin know we can kill ’em or whatever. #YangGang2020 ? More like #BangBang2020. If robots are going to abolish most kinds of labor for humans then we
can’t rely on the mindless profit-seeking capitalist system to
deliver the fruits of automation fairly to everyone Our task now is to imagine
and begin building a world free from the anxieties of capitalist social relations.
A world where automation takes care of the most degrading boring and difficult
jobs so that human creativity is free to flourish unshackled by our base material
needs. No no look I know it was in the script but we didn’t vaguely threaten
revolutionary violence. You know after what happened to The Serfs and with
YouTube clamping down on the left or whatever we just left it out. it was all
it was all very subtle. #KillYourBoss #KillYourLandlord check out the new sign big shout out to
Tabasko Sweet for inspiring us with his old-school, Cheap Thrills vibe!
Quick shout out to Eugene from Eastern Marsh Lands. for this cool spinning logo.
Check out their channel on YouTube for some good takes and for some lovely
comrades. Like, Subscribe and ring that bell like a capitalist’s neck.
Oh and until my bag comes in keep those communist dollars flowing.
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