2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has bought six-figures worth of digital ads. Now, nothing is wrong with that, however I think I know someone who might disagree — a fellow by the name of Andrew Yang.
Yang is running as the anti-automation candidate, yet he seems to have no issue with using automation himself when it benefits him. Surely, if he cares about creating good paying jobs (he doesn’t, his UBI plan is more or less an excuse to not need to) he would hire some men himself to distribute these ads around towns instead of relying on the internet.
Back in the day, people use to be hire to write campaign ads, print them, and put them in local newspapers. Neither John Adams nor Thomas Jefferson ever held a rally, they just ran ads in local newspapers. Pamphlets use the main way people would figure out who was even on the ballot regarding the President.
This is one of the main reasons presidential candidates tend to have separate campaigns in every state. Back in the day, to get the word out you had to spread out your campaign — often leading to a number of contradictions between states (the infamous Clinton confederacy buttons as an example).
However, as the internet has grown in popularity — basically turning people from only being able to contact with the locals to being able to talk to anyone with an internet connection — the idea that we need fifty separate campaigns (or sixteen in the case of the first real Presidential Election) is becoming more and more outdated.
I firmly believe that within my lifetime, presidential campaigns having a campaign board in each state will be a thing of the past. However, people like Andrew Yang want to go back to the time where doing this made sense — that is the basis of his form of Luddite ideology.
As such, it is nothing short of hypocritical that Yang is not using humans to run his campaign, instead relying on technology. Maybe the UBI should go to his campaign staff.