August 09, 2017
For decades, therefore, when Jesse Jackson intermittently tried to shake down Silicon Valley, he was routinely sent packing with a pittance and scoffing laughter. As recently as 2011, I pointed out that Silicon Valley largely ignored the diversity demands that intimidated the rest of corporate America.
Moreover, the first Obama administration was no more going to persecute Silicon Valley for not following its multiculturalism rules before the 2012 election than it would Hollywood or the universities. There were campaign contributions to collect.
Amusingly, the liberal elites who financed Obama’s reelection in 2012 had no idea that Obama’s turnout strategy of unifying his ungainly coalition of the fringes by ginning up hatred against cishet white males would rebound against them in the ensuing years.
Once the president was reelected, however, the real Obama could safely come out. Just as I had predicted in my 2008 book America’s Half-Blood Prince: Barack Obama’s “Story of Race and Inheritance” Obama’s first term was pretty sensible and his second term pretty…authentic.
The second Obama administration was free to point its resentful allies at the rich prizes in the tech industry, the entertainment industry, and academia.
Ironically, after decades of globalism, there isn’t much left to loot among Trump’s base, so now the lucrative blue-state institutions are in the crosshairs. All these highly Democratic industries have since been getting cannibalized by fellow Democrats in the ongoing meltdown of liberalism, what archaeologists might someday call the Late Obama Age Collapse. We are still watching progressives claw each other’s eyes out as they fail to peacefully divvy up the plunder.
If we are lucky, historians won’t take quite as long to document how most of the bizarre cultural panics and hate hoaxes of the past few years, such as the Haven Monahan rape fable and World War T, were inspired, if not outright rigged in advance, by collusion between the Obama administration and its volunteer PR interns in the media.
For example, by 2014, The New York Times was running a long series of articles with hate-driven headlines like:
If You Work in Silicon Valley, Odds Are You’re a White Man
A subsequent show trial intended to demonstrate that Silicon Valley was now open for pillaging was the discrimination lawsuit against a venture capital firm filed by Ellen Pao, an adventuress married to disgraced gay financier Buddy Fletcher. It was given immense publicity in the press. The New York Times “reported”:
At stake is any hope that Silicon Valley can claim to be a progressive place.
But the trial proved a fiasco and the jury gave Pao the boot.
You might think that this would stop the momentum, but little does. There is just too much money involved.
Let me close with one question about Google’s personnel policy: Compared with how you felt last week, how do you feel today about someday entrusting your life to a Google self-driving car?