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Dispatches from the SF Culture War

The latest salvo in what feels like a never-ending conflict: Tom Perkins in the Wall Street Journal. 

Tom Perkins

Venture capitalist and human embodiment of Godwin's Law, Tom Perkins. 

Dispatches from the SF Culture war is our new, semi-regular scorecard for the Tech versus San Francisco cage match.

Culture Warrior: Tom Perkins, co-founder of venerable venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and ex-husband of novelist Danielle Steel.

Broadside: Progressives who worry about the effects of tech on gentrification and displacement are doing what the Nazis did to the Jews.

Take-Away: Being mean to Danielle Steel about Hedgegate is as bad as being a Nazi.

Sample Line: "I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent. There is outraged public reaction to the Google buses carrying technology workers from the city to the peninsula high-tech companies which employ them. We have outrage over the rising real-estate prices which these 'techno geeks' can pay. We have, for example, libelous and cruel attacks in the Chronicle on our number-one celebrity, the author Danielle Steel, alleging that she is a 'snob' despite the millions she has spent on our city's homeless and mentally ill over the past decades."

Mood: The comment section on World Net Daily.

Weakness: Other than not disclosing that he had been married to Danielle Steel for years, we can't see anything at all out of line with this piece.

Tech Friendliness Rating (1=technophobe; 10= technophile): 10. He's ready to smuggle software developers and database engineers to Switzerland.

Fallout: This handy flowchart, this pissing match with his firm's current management, and this rediscovered gem of a romance novel.

Read the full story at the Wall Street Journal


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