In a new article called “It’s Time To Get Real About Power in Silicon Valley“, I noticed much of the history is very wrong.
For example, this is false history:
Travis Kalanick who saw taxicab drivers not as solid middle class citizens, like many of us mistakenly did, but as a cabal of overpaid, rent-seeking obstacles.
Kalanick himself said he was standing in line in Las Vegas impatiently wondering why he didn’t have an inexpensive limo that would allow him to stay at cheap hotels and yet drink excessively on the strip. his whole vision was how to recreate his mom driving him everywhere forever. none of that had anything to do with taxis really, which he didn’t think about or understand at all.
And this is false history too:
…skinny nerdy guy who just wanted to sell us books over the computer…
That is not how to describe Bezos who himself said he wanted to corner book markets using unregulated tech because he was losing in a competition with Bernie Madoff to be the worst human.
But perhaps worst of all, the article willingly weaves an Emerson quote into a profile without any context. Thiel quotes Emerson deliberately and for a reason, not as some random thing.
These men are privileged white men who enter tech to maintain and expand their privilege. This has nothing to do with Silicon Valley (Bezos isn’t even in Califorina, duh) and everything to do with history of colonization.