Andrew Yang must be admired for making the connection between hyper-corporate capitalism and the opioid epidemic in ABC's Democratic Debate in New Hampshire. He acknowledges that the blood-money must be recovered from these corporations responsible for infecting and addicting Americans with their poison.
When I first met Yang in Houston and listened to him, he seemed to have a more libertarian streak which I am generally not fond of because of its individualism. But when one reads his healthcare plan and Basic income plan for which there are ongoing experiments, it turns out he is a different character.
It is always hard to place Andrew Yang on the ideological spectrum. I understand why I like him. He does not let ideology constrain ideas that he believes will work.
There is something that is thematic with him. Every economic argument ultimately gets a veneer of his basic income theology. Interestingly, when one analysis through a few levels of indirection, it turns out that he is right. I interviewed a few proponents at Netroots 2019.
Having another candidate call out corporate greed in graphic fashion -- blood-money -- for deliberately poisoning Americans is refreshing. Too often they are much too cautious. Said timidity has allowed them to run roughshod over Americans.