If you thought the idea of socialism had been defeated—at least for the time being—you may be mistaken. The renewed momentum of former Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s campaign for New York Mayor proves that the idea is as alive as ever.
While Yang doesn’t consider himself or his policies to be “socialist,” it is undoubtedly true that his previously proposed Universal Basic Income would inch America closer to becoming a socialist state.
Let me refresh your memory since we haven’t heard much about UBI since the 2019 Democrat presidential primaries. Yang’s UBI proposal would take the form of a government program that awarded a fixed monthly amount to every American adult.
So, although it does not put Americans on complete government dependency, it moves them that much closer to it.
And that’s exactly the platform Andrew Yang is running on again, this time on a smaller scale as Mayor of New York City—and he’s gaining last-minute traction that may make his goal a reality.
“We need to launch the largest basic income program in history, invest in a human-centered economy, return to fact-based governance, and create an accessible healthcare system. We will move New York forward – together,” Yang’s campaign website states.
Ahead of Tuesday’s Democrat mayoral primary, Yang shot up to second place behind Eric Adams, according to an Ipsos poll published Monday.
The survey which polled 702 New York City residents indicates that Adams appears to hold a wide lead with 28 percent, but Yang has surprisingly risen to second place with 20 percent.
Yang previously ranked third—and even fourth—place in recent polls, Breitbart reported.
After Americans received several significant COVID stimulus checks in the past year, it’s safe to say they’ve gotten a taste of what a UBI program like what Yang proposes could be like. Therefore, it’s unsurprising that Yang could see increased support for his platform in 2021 as opposed to the relatively small “Yang Gang” back in 2019.
However, it’s unfortunate that a major city like NYC could vote Yang in as mayor without understanding the long-term effects of issuing monthly government stipends and what they could ultimately lead to.
On June 22, 2021, New Yorkers will go to the polls to decide the winner of the city’s Democrat primary, ending current Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s rule.