I'm Jonathan Herzog, and I'm running for Congress as a Democrat in New York's 10th District. We're going through the greatest economic and technological shift in our history and need to urgently pass 21st century solutions to these 21st century problems.
I'm not a politician - I'm an organizer, educator, and advocate of universal basic income. As your Representative, my first priority will be to pass the Freedom Dividend, a universal basic income (UBI) for every New Yorker, and every American, over 18: $1,000 a month, no strings attached, primarily paid for by the companies benefiting most from automation.
Once I grasped the scale of the problems we face, and reckoned with the reality that no career politician was going to do much about it, I had to act. I took an indefinite leave from Harvard Law School to join 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang's campaign as the 6th hire, helping build the grassroots movement from the ground up.
I see the quintessential American story as one of resilience, optimism, and entrepreneurial spirit. The values and vision for America that we are fighting for are very personal to me. The vision of an America where everyone is given an opportunity to thrive. One where we view people as sources of innovation, not costs.
I was born and raised with my two sisters on the border of Hell's Kitchen and the Upper West Side of Manhattan. My parents immigrated from Israel in the 1990s.
I went to Ramaz, Hunter College High School, graduated first in my class at Harvard, and completed my MBA at NYU Stern. After finishing half of my JD at Harvard Law, I realized I had to do all I could to ensure that a then-unknown entrepreneur and presidential candidate made it to the national debate stage.
I saw Andrew’s campaign as a hypnic jerk for the country. A hypnic jerk is that sudden feeling of falling that we jump awake to sometimes as we’re falling asleep.
So, I moved to Iowa City and built a campaign operation from the ground up, driving 10,000 miles around rural Iowa to make the case for the Freedom Dividend and the Humanity First platform. As the campaign took off and the #YangGang caught fire, the same question came up over and over again: how are we going to get Congress to pass this agenda?
This is my answer.
Together, we can end poverty, bring healthcare to all, and rebuild our democracy.