RIP Yang Gang

I was a huge Andrew Yang fan.

It was around this time about a year ago that Andrew Yang burst onto the political stage after an appearance on Joe Rogan’s show.

Yang Gang came at a time of extreme exhaustion with Donald Trump in the Dissident Right who had devoted 15 minutes of the 2019 State of the Union Address to anti-Semitism, declared the U.S. would stay in Syria to protect Israel, declared that the U.S. needed MORE legal immigration, lost the fight over the government shutdown over funding the border wall and was focused on overthrowing the government of Venezuela. At the time, the Republican Congress was preoccupied with accusing Rep. Ilhan Omar of anti-Semitism and declaring fighting anti-Semitism to be a U.S. national security interest. The border had also collapsed and illegal immigration was soaring toward its peak under Trump in May 2019.

In light of the dismal record of the Trump administration, many of us began to look at our options and consider the possibility of supporting Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard in 2020. Yang had gained notoriety after making a sympathetic comment about White men and was campaigning on his Freedom Dividend of $1,000 a month. Tulsi had just launched her campaign and accused Donald Trump of selling out to the neocons which predictably struck a chord with White Nationalists disgusted by Trump’s Zionism. The rise of Yang Gang on the Dissident Right was due to resignation to the fact that we had gotten nothing out of the Trump administration and that $1,000 a month was something concrete and better than nothing.

Andrew Yang was interesting in the sense that he was raising awareness about the Fourth Industrial Revolution which no one else was talking about rather than the same old polarizing culture war issues. He seemed like a friendly guy who was thinking about the problems of the future and offering solutions rather than a shrill leftist like Elizabeth Warren. It was possible for a few months to ignore the fact that Yang was running in the Democratic primary. The Yang Gang was unique in that it attracted disaffected populists, normies, progressives and moderates. This unusual coalition was highly fragile and failed to resonate with the Democratic base.

Elizabeth Warren was the candidate of woke liberals. Bernie Sanders remained the candidate of leftists who have their hearts set on socialism. Pete Buttigieg appealed to upper middle class professionals. Joe Biden appealed to blacks, moderates and older voters. Andrew Yang wasn’t woke enough to attract Warren supporters. He wasn’t revolutionary enough to appeal to Sanders supporters. He was too radical on economics for Buttigieg and Biden supporters. As a candidate, he also lacked the personality to break out and make a splash in the debates.

By June, I had lost interest in the Yang Gang on the eve of the Democratic debates. I watched as his populist support steadily evaporated on social media due to a series of statements on social issues and the attitude of the progressives who were running his campaign. Yang tried to win over Democrats by calling Trump a white supremacist and crying about gun control. After he foolishly supported Julian Castro’s position of decriminalizing illegal immigration and offering free health care to illegal aliens, his populist support cratered and never recovered. I’m not sure what happened over the next eight months because I tuned out last summer.

Personally, I think Yang was ill advised and was just pandering to the Democratic base because he was trying to win over those people. It seemed to me like he resonated far more with populists and Independent voters than with progressive Democrats. His campaign was going nowhere until he gained traction by appearing on Joe Rogan and Tucker Carlson’s shows. I think Yang would have gone much further running as an Independent candidate rather than a Democrat.

In the final analysis, I am grateful that Yang ran and raised awareness about the Fourth Industrial Revolution as well as support for Universal Basic Income. It was always likely that his campaign would end in defeat and all the divisive debates we had about the issue seem silly now that he has dropped out before a single vote was cast in the South. If Trump defeats Bernie Sanders and is reelected in November, I also have no doubt that Andrew Yang 2.0 will be back in 2024 when the issues he raised about the robot apocalypse in this campaign are far more mature.

The Yang Gang will ride again. Bet on it.

Note: Alabama votes on Super Tuesday. I still plan to vote for Tulsi. After she inevitably drops out, I will be monitoring the 2020 election.

Baked Alaska has never made a video which hasn’t become cringe:

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  1. Andrew Yang to me is the current epoch’s version of Norman Thomas. The latter never got what he wanted when he was politically “viable,” but lived long enough to see most of what he wanted and then some and then some come to pass, at the hands of other people. So too will Yang.

    I happen to think that UBI is inevitable, no matter my or your or anyone else’s ideological proclivities.

  2. “ $1,000 a month was something concrete and better than nothing.”

    About as concrete as, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” and “no one is trying to take your guns, we just want common sense gun control”.

    Democrats are now Communists and Republicans are Socialists-light.

    Meanwhile, patriots are stockpiling ammo for the coming Freedom Games. Because. There’s. No. Way. We’re. Voting. Our. Way. Out. Of. This.

  3. The appeal of Ching Chong Chinaman was never going to extend beyond a few affluent, cerebral Millennials like HW. He was one of those eccentric Ralph Nader/Gary Johnson/Dennis Kucinich types who are interesting protest candidates but would never receive the support of the judeo political-media establishment. I will probably sit this election out, since not even a symbolic protest vote would avail me anything. I suspect several million other disillusioned white Americans will do the same.

  4. In 2024, I am expecting the GOP to run characters like Mike Pence or Donald Trump Jr. who will continue to make the case for mainstream conservatism and the Trump era. The story of the next decade will be the rise of the populists and the socialist Democrats. This was something the “right” could have taken advantage of but instead decided it was better to support the Heritage foundation’s economic agenda instead.

    By 2024 with no incumbent President, the “right” is going to be in bad shape politically. The Trump era will have discredited them maybe for good. If Trump wins in 2020 with a guaranteed horrendous second term the losses will be even greater.

  5. Good riddance. Embracing Yang was one of the cringiest things the altright2.0 did. No more irony politics. We need a real nationalist political party in the USA.

  6. @Hunter Wallace, You’ve been all over the page on you’re political ideologies and positions over the years. You are clearly mentally ill just as Alex Linder suggested.

    • No, I really haven’t.

      I’ve always been an Independent and a nationalist and populist swing voter. I’ve always been skeptical of conservatism. I’ve always believed that race exists. I’ve always identified as a Southerner. My negative opinion of Jews hasn’t changed in nearly 20 years. I have the same beliefs about taxes and trade and foreign policy and countless other issues that I did in college. Also, I have also taken a dim of view of violent accelerationism and mass shootings and things like that going back to the 2000s. I have changed my mind about various politicians, but not my beliefs. The archives of this website stretch back to 2008.

      It your beliefs that have swung all over the place, not mine.

      • Didn’t you used to be a laissez-faire capitalist paleocon type? I can seem to recall seeing something on this site back in 2013 about how in a future independent Dixie all entitlements should be abolished, the free market should rule all and regressive taxation is awesome.

      • I have no insight into Andrew Yang’s thought process in running for president, in terms of who he was targeting in the beginning of his campaign. Since he started out with a DIY MO, I think he just said what was on his mind, and his natural concern for all people caused non-democratic voters to give him enough publicity to get poll numbers sufficient to make the intitial democratic party primary debates.

        At that point, he realized he needed votes from extremists in that party to win the nomination, which is why he shifted to stereotypical collectivst and politically correct policy positions. I think his persona was as a normie who genuinely cares about all people, even Dissident Rightists, but that is a general election campaign which cannot win in either party’s primary.

        I am conflicted whether Andrew could maintain his equilibrium in office. I think he would try, but if he tried to help anyone but the Oligarchs I fear he would have been JFKed, as would Tulsi. Too much money at stake for them to earn, and for politicians to extort as the cost of doing business. No hope for change unless either citizens dropped their hatreds and acted as One or a ruthless second Huey came along who knew how to exercise power, and did so for the masses, without fear. How likely is that? We all know the answer.

      • Why haven’t you banished mentally diminished commenters like Kraven? There are plenty of websites for crazed and warped SJW soycritters. This isn’t one of them.

      • “I’ve always been an Independent and a nationalist and populist swing voter.”

        There hasn’t been a place to politically “swing to” in regards to Nationalism and populism in America since before you were born.

        “I’ve always identified as a Southerner. My negative opinion of Jews hasn’t changed in nearly 20 years. I have the same beliefs about taxes and trade and foreign policy and countless other issues that I did in college.”

        Northerner / Southerner in America hasn’t meant much politically since 1972. Negative opinions aside, Bernie Sanders is a JEW, hello? Taxes, trade and “countless other issues” are all irrelevant for anyone with their eyes open and the lights on today.

        “Also, I have also taken a dim of view of violent accelerationism and mass shootings and things like that going back to the 2000s

        Well, you append “violent” to cover your ass, and you toss in “mass shootings”; but how exactly do whites change this situation without accelerating in some sense? By voting for Jews? Do you think the rise of National Socialism in 1920’s Germany was ‘violent accelerationaism”?

      • First of all you don’t know me, so you don’t know what my beliefs are or have been. The only reason I know about yours is because you are in the spotlight. I’m not the first person who has pointed out your swinging positions.

        • As you have told us a million times, the best thing that ever happened to you was leaving the White Nationalist movement and that race doesn’t exist. Clearly, it is your views that have swung all over the place, not mine. I have always been somewhat critical of White Nationalism, particularly vanguardists, but I also have always been pro-White. I have always believed race exists.

          • Because racism is wrong plain and simple no matter who you are. Even the Orthodox Church condemned it as heresy.
            In 1872, Hierarchs from around the world assembled in Constantinople and denounced all forms of xenophobia and chauvinism [phyletism]. They agreed that the promotion of racial or national supremacy and ethnic bias or dissension in the Church of Christ is to be censured as contrary to the sacred teachings of the Christian Gospel and the holy cannons of the Church. It is formally condemned as heresy, the strongest category of false teaching and will result in excommunication from the Church of Christ. This is from the most traditional and original church per 1872 at that. So the bottomline is you cannot be both a true Christian and promote racialism, period.

          • Kevin,

            As a non-practicing legacy Christian, I don’t give a f*ck what church elders think about anything. They’re irrelevant to those of us that understand that race is real and tribalism is natural.

            New York born jew Trotsky coined the term racist to be wielded as a verbal weapon against the White Gentiles of the world that weren’t onboard with (((revolutionary egalitarianism))).

            Again, for the scientific ignorant, any physician that doesn’t believe that race is real would never practice medicine effectively and would lose their license and be sued for malpractice.

            It sure feels like you’re just trolling HW because you’re not changing any hearts or minds here.

    • Being able to see thru the bullshit, and then not being afraid to write about it, is an admirable quality.

  7. What I liked about Yang : He didn’t wear red ties or star-of-david-blue ties, the only color ties presidents and presidential contenders wear. He didn’t wear ties period. But it was especially refreshing to see a presidential contender not wear a red “power” tie or a star-of-david blue jew tie. The red power tie thing is so hackneyed. Gee, the president is wearing a red tie, that’s because presidents are powerful and red represents power, *yawn* . See that presidential contender on teevee, he’s wearing a red power tie, he must have what it takes to be a strong and powerful president, *yawn* ; And the star-of-david blue tie thing is so sycophantic ; It’s meant to signal loyalty to Israel, *yawn*.The blue isn’t even the shade of blue of the American flag, it’s the shade of blue of the star-of-david flag of Israel. It’s so boring, the red power tie thing and the sycophantic star-of-david blue tie thing.

    Also : Yang is the only politician around who is thinking about what’s going to happen when so many jobs will be done by robots and a lot of people will not have jobs anymore. Except for Yang, no politicians are talking about that, yet the robotization of industry/the workforce will have a profound effect on our culture/society. It’s a very important subject matter yet only Yang is addressing the issue. All the other politicians don’t seem to care about what effects the robotization of industry and the workforce will have on our culture and society and don’t care what happens to all of those who will lose their jobs due to robotization. At least Yang cared about that. None of the others care about the negative aspects of robotization.

  8. The main peddlers of Yang Gang were:

    1) the aforementioned Baked Alaska, who is mentally disabled according to international law
    2) Prince Hubris AKA Shawn McCaffrey of the Weekly Sweat podcast, who actually volunteered for Yang’s campaign until he realized that all his counter-signaling of “wignats” meant he was still a Nazi and “bad optics”
    3) Some guy named Nick Fuentes.

    As the Jews say, Never Forget.

  9. Yang has zero charisma or fire in his belly to sell his product. He’s an introverted and awkward on the public stage like every other chinaman that I’ve known. Had Michelle Malkin had Yang’s platform to sell his ideology, she’d be challenging Bernie for the demoncratic nomination.

    • 1.) I’m not Orthodox.

      I don’t give a shit about the Orthodox Church. My people have never been Orthodox. The term “racism” didn’t exist in Alabama in the 19th century and was unknown here well into the 20th century. It was only used in fringe circles in the 1920s.

      2.) I don’t care what the Catholics at First Things think either. I’m on solid historical ground. There was no such thing as the term “racism” in the South in the 17th, 18th or 19th centuries. It was not considered a moral failing until after the Second World War. It was spread by the media and the universities after the Second World War.

      Obviously, our laws and customs didn’t reflect a belief that “racism” was immoral even in the 1960s when the South overwhelmingly opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It wasn’t until the 1980s that a majority of Southerners started to believe that and it wasn’t until the 1990s that the Southern Baptists apologized for “racism.” Fashionable trends of recent American history like “Judeo-Christianity” and this obsession with “racism” were unknown in Christianity throughout the vast majority of its existence.

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