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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

The article seems to attack Yang too, or if it doesn't then it's worded poorly. If you read his website and Twitter feed he's not going to popular with anarchists but I don't see him as any kind of friend to libertarians, American political 'moderates', or the alt-right.

"US incarceration rates are four times higher than other industrialized nations, and it's a disgrace." "The idea of American meritocracy is on ever shakier ground." "In that spirit, I again denounce and disavow hatred, bigotry, racism, white nationalism, anti-Semitism and the alt-right in its many forms. Full stop." "The shooting in New Zealand is a horrific tragedy and reflects the worst form of depravity. Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment are the opposite of what we stand for. My heart goes out to the families and communities affected. Love and humanity first." "Portugal decriminalized opiates in 2001; if you are caught with 10 days or less supply they simply take your drugs away and you are referred to a doctor, counselor and social worker for treatment. http://time.com/longform/portugal-drug-use-decriminalization/ … Both the overdose rates and usage rates dropped." etc... etc...

How would Trump supporters follow this guy?

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conseil wrote

A lot of alt-righters do support Yang. They took this as their calling, and generally just want free money. Nevermind his creepy fuckin' Black Mirror shit.

He's pretty shitty overall tho.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

How is he shitty overall? His website is pro-LGBTQ+, pro-abortion rights, pro-universal health care, etc... etc...

Again, he categorically rejects the alt-right and white supremacists. Wanting to reduce white suicide and drug overdoses does not automatically make one a white supremacist or anti-immigrant or similar.

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conseil wrote (edited )

His proposals to base voting on the blockchain, put sunset clauses on literally every law, have the government intervene in regards to media that 'disrupt the public discourse, address climate change with shit like cloud seeding rather than daring even glance at the Green New Deal's somewhat effective ideas, and lay off, by his figures, around four hundred thousand people.

Never mind his creepy ideas and technofetishism with proposals like 'override local fire laws to build shit' and 'have a robot keep dad from hitting mom'.

Rechannel 10% of the military budget – approximately $60 billion per year – to a new domestic infrastructure force called the Legion of Builders and Destroyers. The Legion would be tasked with keeping our country strong by making sure our bridges, roads, power grid, levies, dams, and infrastructure are up-to-date, sound and secure. It would also be able to clear derelict buildings and structures that cause urban blight in many of our communities and respond to natural disasters. The Legion would prioritize projects based on national security, economic impact, and regional equity. Its independent budget would ensure that our infrastructure would be constantly upgraded regardless of the political climate. The Commander of the Legion would have the ability to overrule local regulations and ordinances to ensure that projects are started and completed promptly and effectively.

Imagine an AI life coach with the voice of Oprah or Tom Hanks trying to help parents stay together or raise kids. Or a new Legion of Builders and Destroyers that install millions of solar panels across the country, upgrade our infrastructure and remove derelict buildings while also employing tens of thousands of workers. Or a digital personalized education subscription that is constantly giving you new material and grouping you with a few other people who are studying the same thing. Or a wearable device that monitors your vital signs and sends data to your doctor while recommending occasional behavior changes. Or voting securely in your local elections via your smartphone without any worry of fraud.

The last line, of course, referring to using the fucking blockchain.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Thanks for putting that together. Dammit, I liked a lot of other things he said.

Obligatory xkcd: https://xkcd.com/2030/

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conseil wrote

I'm afraid that it's so relevant. Is this a serious, common idea?

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I've seen it suggested periodically, it's not clear how much widespread support it has.

Capitalism being what it is, I'm sure the companies selling electronic voting machines have seized upon blockchains as one more excuse to charge more money to governments.

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shanc wrote

He's pretty shitty overall tho

His analysis of present day US is not bad at all. Sadly, his solution is 'just do more capitalism lol'. I still prefer him to Sanders.

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shanc wrote

Instead of just downvoting, try to engage in conversation. This isn't Reddit.

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