He is best known for championing Universal Basic Income, and loves to talk about AI and automation. This means that while he is a marginal candidate, he has the support of many transhumanists (even though he has not expressed any opinion on more radical transhumanist ideas such as radical life extension).
His policies seem to be basically technocratic/liberal.
From what I can see, he has very little on foreign policy. However, the part about retooling the military to more of a domestic focus suggests a less interventionist focus. This is backed up his Tweets, which are consistently anti-interventionist:
Venezuela is on the verge of becoming a failed state. Sanctions – which would hurt the people- aren’t helpful nor is talk of military intervention. The goal should be free and fair elections and Venezuelan self-determination. The US should not be in the business of regime change.
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) February 2, 2019
While I suspect that some part of the discrepancy is explained by reasons of ethnic sympathy (Yang associates with Chinese-American societies), another part is that China has a much better reputation than Russia amongst technoprogressives (and not undeservedly so).
There is little to no SJWism. I found no mention of blacks on either Twitter or his website, with the exception of one page that actually focused on pay inequality between men and women.
He also campaigns on the opioid crisis and has hit it off with Tucker Carlson.
My own opinion is that as an obviously highly intelligent, non-neocon/neoliberal technocrat he would be a very good thing. His positions echo the concerns of Mid-West voters – deindustrialization, automation, the opioids crisis – so he’d be very well placed to trounce Trump in 2020.
His problem is that the Dems are now ideological zealots, so he has virtually zero chances of clinching the nomination.
He is nowhere near woke enough, or interventionist enough, or pro-“our greatest ally” enough (his website doesn’t even mention Israel). I would say he has even fewer chances than Tulsi Gabbard.
EDIT: Just noticed that Brandon Adamson, an HBD-realist transhumanist – the Alt Left on his website appeared is old, and meant to refer to the left wing of the Alt Right – has a much better and more comprehensive article on Yang.
Yang wisely has chosen to bypass the culture wars almost entirely and instead is focused on crafting complex solutions to actual problems. Rather than pandering to various “marginalized” identity groups, he looks at the bigger picture and remains committed to ideas which can improve the lives of everyone. The other candidates pay only superficial lip service to the issues we face, to the extent they have even thought about them at all. Yang has delved into the nitty-gritty of policy. I’m not even just talking about his “Universal Basic Income” proposal. Just take a gander at the treasure trove of policies presented on his website. This guy has thought of everything. He actually has a real plan. If even 1/3 of Yang’s ideas were implemented, the USA would be a vastly improved country. No other candidate has given any serious thought to the everyday issues that matter to Americans. Just the fact that Yang is promising to ban robocalls would be reason enough to vote for him. Yang’s American Mall Act would help to revitalize, repurpose and preserve many of these culturally important structures.