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Ed Driscoll

The Rise of the Anti-Tech California Left

April 8th, 2014 - 3:37 pm

The local NBC affiliate reports that at least four Smart Cars were recently flipped onto their sides, or onto their rear bumpers in San Francisco. In a lengthy post on the angry Luddite tendencies of some San Francisco leftists, Ace of Spades ponders the San Francisco NBC affiliate fixating on one of the cars having an Obama bumper sticker as a red herring; in his comments section, PJM columnist Zombie writes:

Ph come on, I’ve been following the car-tipping story and the vomit-on-google story for weeks.

There is a 100% chance that the car-tippers are the same anti-tech protesters blocking and attacking google buses. No question.

They dress like the same anarcho/Occupy idiots that do all the same kind of shit every day. They are filled with irrational hate toward tehcnology — essentially they are Luddite anarchists. There are thousands of them around here.

Everyone knows this. The Obama bumpersticker is a ridiculous and irrelevant detail. Hell, ALL OF GOOGLE is pro-Obama, and the protesters have been protesting Google itself. Ooooh, does that meant they’re right-wingers?

The media’s attempt at bias here is feeble and ignored. Everyone in the Bay Area knows these anarcho types. They cause about 75% of the problems.

Another of Ace’s commenters describes the Frisco kerfuffle as “a left-wing protest against ‘Gentrification:’”

Here, gentrification is embodied by the rich Googlers that tool around in electric cars and take the special Google buses to their Google campus.

The artsy/druggie Left is angry that the rich Googlers are pricing them out of San Francisco. They feel they should be able to live in the cool parts of SF while being a semi-employed busker while sponging money off mom and dad in the burbs. San Francisco is so expensive now that they increasingly cannot do that. They are angry about that.

Speaking of the angry anti-Google left and their transportation obsession, it was back in January that Ars Technica.com reported, “Protesters show up at the doorstep of Google self-driving car engineer,” taking yet another tip from Saul Alinksy’s Rules for Radicals.

And we can’t do a post about Silicon Valley today without noting that OkCupid CEO Sam Yagan has recanted his thoughtcrimes:

“A decade ago, I made a contribution to Representative Chris Cannon because he was the ranking Republican on the House subcommittee that oversaw the Internet and Intellectual Property, matters important to my business and our industry. I accept responsibility for not knowing where he stood on gay rights in particular; I unequivocally support marriage equality and I would not make that contribution again today. However, a contribution made to a candidate with views on hundreds of issues has no equivalence to a contribution supporting Prop 8, a single issue that has no purpose other than to affirmatively prohibit gay marriage, which I believe is a basic civil right.”

No word yet on Yagan’s thoughts on Laurence Harvey.

In an email to me (I wanted to confirm that the Zombie who posted at Ace was indeed my fellow PJM columnist) the mysterious Zombie adds:

I feel that there is a Great Convergence between three leftist worldviews happening:

1. Luddism/anti-technology/back-to-nature.

2. “Social Justice”/income inequality/communism.

3. Slacker/pothead/trustafarian goof-off-ism. Each three is distinct in its origins, but somehow they have combined forces to create the great Anti Google Backlash.

A Civil War between the grassroots Left, in other words, which is occurring simultaneously and intersecting with the ongoing battle for control among the party’s elite, and connected by Henry Hazlitt’s 1966 definition of Marxism:

The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others.

A segment on the radical anti-progress, success-envying Luddite anarcho Bay Area Left sounds like it would catnip to a TV news network struggling in the ratings and looking to break the cycle from the one story it’s been obsessing on for an extended period.

What say you, Flight #370-obsessed CNN? Or Bridgegate-obsessed MSNBC?

Related: “OKCupid Founders Promoted ‘Dis’ Generator with Gay Insults,” John Sexton writes at Big Government:

Brendan Eich was ushered out the door over a 6-year-old donation to a campaign which garnered a majority of the vote in California (and also over a 22-year-old donation to Pat Buchanan). His choices weren’t a joke or a satire. They also weren’t part of his work behavior. By contrast, the “Deliver the Dis” app was a product promoted by The Spark. It was always intended as an obscene joke aimed at high school kids, but does that make it okay?

As the recent “cancel Colbert” incident has demonstrated, saying something is a joke or satire isn’t always enough. Suey Park, who got the #cancelcolbert hashtag trending last week after the show’s Twitter account sent out a joke mocking Asian stereotypes, told the New Yorker, “That sort of racial humor just makes people who hide under the title of progressivism more comfortable.” Jay Kang, who wrote the piece, says Park “does not defer to white liberals who point out that the joke was meant to satirize white racists, nor does she believe that a debt of gratitude is owed to the good intentions of white liberalism.”

I contacted OKCupid to ask if they saw any of this differently today, especially in light of their stand against Brendan Eich. I also asked if they thought it was fair for people to judge their fitness to run a tech company based on something they had done years in the past. No one at OKCupid offered a response.

Perhaps they’re waiting for Mother Jones to pick up on the story.

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When people get their power from complaining, the last thing they want is a solution.
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You don't have to look very far to figure out what "strange universe" is in play when you hear "anti-capitalist... anti-racist." It's our old new friend intersectional feminism, which has become the go-to ideology of the Left.

"Intersectional" refers to oppression that comes at you in waves, e.g., race, class, gender. bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry are busy beavers spreading the perfect melting pot ideology. Intersectional feminism is all over the place if you're paying attention. Even people who have not a clue as to what it is are on board, like when the then president of the SFWA wrote about "white privilege."

Comments like "authors of color, featuring POC heroes/heroines, disabled characters, trans characters, non-Western settings" inevitably followed by "something other than the straight white wealthy cis able-bodied mold" are so common they have a parrot-like mantra feeling to them devoid of actual thought.

These are the people who recently chased off a UK TV comedian in less than 8 hours and got his wife to turn off her Twitter feed. These are the people who snatched an abortion poster off a wall in Calif. These are the people who double posted why they hate white belly dancers. These are the people angry about white people in "Noah" and the upcoming "Gods of Egypt" film. These are the people who got ESPN to genuflect over their transgender golf/suicide story.

These are people who reject American history in it's entirety. Everything from "white settler feminism" and mid-century comic books are expressions of the "supremacist patriarchy." Read the Twitter feeds of Lauren Chief Elk and Mikki Kendall and follow that community out to its edges to learn how radical, gay, and non-white women are feeding what is now the de facto orthodoxy of the Dem Party and why it is crazier than ever.

The voice listened to the most and with the most credibility on the Left today is non-white, gay, and female, as they are seen as the ones in the trenches, the ones most hurt by America and therefore the ones who have the best view when it comes to speaking "truth to power."

Of course they are whiny, insane failures putting the spin on how in fact they are neither whiny, insane, or failures. Nevertheless, it's like a virus when it comes to its real intersection, which is blame, complaint, and self-pity. When even white feminism is seen as an enemy, you know it's radical.
22 weeks ago
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This really is a companion piece to the current battle on the other coast between Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, and also harkens back to the anarchist protests in Seattle during the G-8 summit 15 years ago.

The San Francisco tech protestors and the new mayor of New York both represent the "Take No Prisoners" left, who actually are more pure about their motives -- they hate capitalism, they hate companies that are successful and the people who make them successful, and if they had their way, the companies would become property of the State, if not shut down completely. And to this group, it really doesn't matter if the CEO or the people working for it are the crunchiest Granola liberals on the block, which is why back in '99, the anarchists took particular delight in trashing the Starbucks stores in the company's home town.

The conventional left prefers a corporate 'pay-for-play' strategy -- Pony up the cash for Democratic candidates and liberal causes and openly follow the lead in what they tell you to do, and you're given a Get Out of Class Warfare Free card. Cuomo in New York has been successful so far in steering de Blasio towards crazy uncle status among other Democrats in the city -- in large part because they grasp that demonizing Wall Street and running Fortune 500 companies out of town might not be the best strategy to maintain the city's 20-year revival. But in San Francisco, with weaker obvious ties between the city's success and the general success of the local business world, the restraint isn't in place, so the far left gets away with more from other area residents with six-figure salaries and homes valued in seven figures, but who still don't mind seeing some class envy attacks when they're not pointed in their direction.
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"A protester so aghast with Silicon Valley’s impact on the Bay Area has gone as far as to vomit on a Yahoo shuttle bus..." I'm not surprised. Democrats and liberals alike tend to revel in excrement and body fluids. I've posted here before and elsewhere, that as a former reporter, I've actually interviewed Democrats who eagerly save their feces, urine and soggy tampons in margarine tubs and Mason jars just before a Bay Area protest so they will have something to throw at cops and white people trying to get to work in San Francisco and Oakland. I clearly recall the group of Democrats who took syrup of ipecac during the March 2003 anti-war protests, so that they could projectile vomit on the steps of the Pacific Stock Exchange in San Francisco. Democrats are seemingly only able to express themselves in the most infantile of ways.
22 weeks ago
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Is this happening any place else, or is it just San Francisco being San FRancisco? During the Occupy summer there were outdoor campers all over the county and I"m positively certain that those people haven't found jobs or places to live yet. If we start to see baby cars being tipped over elsewhere, then we have us a real live protest movement. Otherwise, it's just the latest version of Kesey's Merry Pranksters.
22 weeks ago
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the mysterious Zombie adds:

I feel that there is a Great Convergence between three leftist worldviews happening:

1. Luddism/anti-technology/back-to-nature.

2. “Social Justice”/income inequality/communism.

3. Slacker/pothead/trustafarian goof-off-ism. Each three is distinct in its origins, but somehow they have combined forces to create the great Anti Google Backlash.


#1 is what will happen if Obama makes the cost of electricity "skyrocket". If #2 comes about, we'll get some of #3 as in the Communist workers' unofficial motto: "We pretend to work, they pretend to pay us."
22 weeks ago
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@Combat Missionary: Mr. Solzhenitsyn writes that the same thing was said about Stalin by those dying in the Gulags. My favorite Lenin quote. "An oppressed class which did not aspire to possess arms and learn how to handle them would deserve only to be treated as slaves"
22 weeks ago
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I think it fits with my belief that the today's left/progressive democrats are a "crazy quilt" patchwork of different ideologues that are only allied because of a common "enemy".
22 weeks ago
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Anti-google San Franciscans are all for gentrification... to their level, and then IT SHOULD STOP!
You know, kind of like Spike Lee screaming about all the hipsters moving into his neighborhood. GENTRIFY TO MY LEVEL, BUT NO MORE!
22 weeks ago
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Exactly. It is selfishness personified. They simply want what THEY want and nothing else. If someone else has a problem with it or gets what they want instead ... well, too d*** bad. A tantrum will be thrown.

Welcome to the world of the permanent infant.
22 weeks ago
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As I noted on another blog, I have little sympathy for techies who vote for the very people who send mobs to their homes.
22 weeks ago
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Ed, San Francisco has a unique inherent land supply and demand problem independent of "tech". There simply isn't much land available to build housing. Government compounds the problem with land use regulation, but people without a high income face an undesirable tradeoff between insanely expensive housing in the city or a really time consuming commute. I would imagine that some San Francisco residents find private buses transporting higher income residents in from suburban employers to "their" city especially grating. However, if the industry was finance or movie production in San Jose, the protesters would still be against it because well paid "outsiders" are pushing them off "their" peninsula.

Contrast San Francisco with the housing market here in the Dallas area. The demand for luxury apartments in the currently hot Uptown area is met by tearing down structures and replacing them with bigger ones. People are definitely displaced, but there are many other affordable housing options with commute times well under half an hour. The much larger supply of Dallas-area land within commuting distance combined with more flexible land use regulation allows the housing market to operate at much lower prices than those in San Francisco.
22 weeks ago
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Um, yeahbut these are people who work in SV and then *move* to SF to live, they are the problem.

That was a big new residential development that burned down the other day, tough luck about that for someone.
22 weeks ago
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"Ed, San Francisco has a unique inherent land supply and demand problem independent of 'tech'. There simply isn't much land available to build housing."--George B

False. There are plenty of opportunities to expand San Francisco's housing supply if only the free market were not forbidden to operate by the City of San Francisco. Two words: Rent Control.

Rent control is the biggest restraint on San Francisco's housing supply but there are others. By the way, when the Presidio base was turned over to San Francisco as part of the post-Cold War base closures the local powers that be (including Pelosi) were firm about keeping it as golf courses and open space. No new housing, the poor can sleep under bridges!
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