If This is the Best they Can Do . . .

… And it probably is.

Joe Rogan’s congenial interview with presidential candidate Andrew Yang brought more attention to the former entrepreneur than any advertising his campaign may have bought. He is clearly at or near the top of the field that has declared for US president in 2020 under the Democratic Party banner — in terms of intelligence and ability to project an image of competence.

Yang’s ideas about the impact of automation on future jobs — and about the need for displaced workers to have productive alternatives to the jobs they are losing — are sound and relevant as basic starting points. But Yang only presents a small part of the story, making his “solutions” less relevant than they might have been.

Particularly deceptive was Yang’s refusal to talk about China’s role in America’s loss of manufacturing and other jobs. That omission is almost unforgivable when considering the importance of the larger problem.

So if you look beneath his technocratic facade, Yang does little to lift himself above the rest of the herd. He merely comes across as somewhat more intelligent than the others, with a particularly calm and collected facade.

If He Wants to Be Taken Seriously

Besides being more honest, Yang might be taken more seriously if he applied the lessons he learned as an entrepreneur — as the founder of Venture for America — to the American population at large.

But Yang is unfortunately not out promoting entrepreneurship for American children and youth — as well as all other Americans. Yang appears to have forgotten about that worthy goal. Instead he is making universal basic income the centerpiece of his campaign, wrapped around an image of impending economic doom due to automation.

Why All Americans Should be Entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneurial Mindset is Key

If you want to teach your employees something with long-term value to them, you and your shareholders, teach them how to run their careers like businesses. Teach them how to drive their own careers.

Every working person can and should adopt an entrepreneurial mindset now, because it is the absence of that mindset and that awareness of their surroundings that keeps working people discouraged and underemployed.

It’s that disconnection from the real world and the talent marketplace that makes working people and less effective at work and less able to bounce back when a job goes away. Our employees don’t have visibility into the future of your organization or visibility into their own futures. That’s not healthy for anyone!

Who can sleep easily on their pillow when they don’t know whether or where they will be employed this time next year? Most of us learned from an out-of-date playbook. We used to get a job, do what we were asked to at work and then keep the job for five to 10 years, or more. Those days are gone!

Now everything is different. Now we are all entrepreneurs, whether we work for ourselves or for someone else. __ https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2016/08/18/the-most-dangerous-skills-gap-of-all/#aa2066c42d37

Dangerous Child © training requires a child to master three work skills that would allow him to support himself financially — plus master the skills of running businesses through entrepreneurial experience. But perhaps one cannot expect most politicians to understand the importance of early competence training.

What Yang Does Right

Andrew Yang admits that the “college for everyone” crusade has been an abject failure over the past several decades. This is to his credit, and something that other Democratic Party politicians will not admit. He also admits that there may be a bigger role for the trades in US employment. This alone makes him better than most of his cohorts. But he does not emphasise these important points.

Most of what you will read about the future of work is complete bunk, because it is based upon the “college for everyone” delusion that rules our media, academia, government, and other social institutions. If nobody can perform the “hands-on” roles across the critical infrastructures of modern societies, those societies are in trouble.

The retirement wave will not only hit the fields above and below. The wave of retirements will hit all skilled jobs across the critical infrastructures which are the foundation for modern life. If our society continues to ignore the skills needs at that level of work, policy makers — and everyone else — will truly have something to cry about.

Huge Part of US Workers in these Fields Will Soon Retire

Most attention on workforce planning seems to be directed in directions like this, this, this, and this.

Yang is far from alone in assuming that the digital revolution is going to eliminate or badly disrupt most jobs within a very short time, although he clearly steps up the “timeline of doom” from that impact, for political purposes. And he is not alone when he ignores the effect of China on US employment numbers. And he also not alone when he largely ignores the large part of the workforce whose exposure to the digital revolution is small.

The worst thing Yang does is to urge citizens to depend on the government — with himself as president — instead of teaching them to rely on themselves as competent and independent persons, with multiple skills. But then, he is no worse on that count than most of his cohorts.

First Things First

  • Every person should have a solid set of practical skills.
  • Every person should know how to run a business and how to handle money — including debt-handling and investment skills.
  • And every person should have a core of common knowledge that ties his society together — including a good understanding of and respect for the constitutional foundations of government.

After that, we can talk about any skills a person may need to accommodate the digital revolution, or any role that government may play in mitigating the effects of technological change.

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2 Responses to If This is the Best they Can Do . . .

  1. Someone says:

    Yang is probably not willfully evil, but he is not much of a business person despite claiming such. Like the other candidates, they would all support open borders and more immigration from poopy turd world countries. Anti gun is a loser with me all the time.

    He has brought up the automation issue, but I see nothing that exciting about him. His dad had an impressive patent contribution to GE research.

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