The Unabomber’s Delusional Offspring

Anarchist/anti-tech protesters have targeted the home and neighborhood of tech entrepreneur Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and partner in Google Ventures. After a late night of howling at the moon, these feral lunatics dug into their bag of Soviet-era propaganda, leafleted his neighborhood, and unfurled banners outside of Rose’s San Francisco home declaring him a “parasite” and threatening to “snip” his “b***z.” (This last was presumably inspired by a bizarre and tasteless attempt at humor by Rose a few years ago. )

Rose’s crime? Google Ventures invests in tech startups and new companies are being formed in San Francisco, bringing with them all their icky icky productivity and prosperity.

Or, in the words of the protestors, these techies “ravage the landscapes of San Francisco and Oakland.” Their prime offense seems to be earning “four times more than a normal service worker.”

They go into some detail about how offensive all this work n’ stuff is to them, man: “We are the ones who serve them coffee, deliver them food, s*ck their c***s, watch their kids, and mop their floors.” Yes, and presumably they are paid to do these things, although the inclusion of c******ing in the litany of complaints against a dynamic local economy is … novel.

If all the techies go away, what happens to the service jobs?

Their answer?

This is beautiful. Really, you’re going to love this:

To this end, we now make our first clear demand of Google. We demand that Google give three billion dollars to an anarchist organization of our choosing. This money will then be used to create autonomous, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist communities throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. In these communities, whether in San Francisco or in the woods, no one will ever have to pay rent and housing will be free. With this three billion from Google, we will solve the housing crisis in the Bay Area and prove to the world that an anarchist world is not only possible but in fact irrepressible. If given the chance, most humans will pursue a course towards increased freedom and greater liberty. As it stands, only people like Kevin Rose are given the opportunity to reshape their world, and look at what they do with those opportunities.

It certainly could be some kind of weird performance art, but it reads just like so much anti-tech tripe ground out by anarchists and Ted Kaczynski clones. Tech is bad and tech money is even worser, but we’ll take it so we can live in the woods in our anarcho-syndicalist communes.

In other words, their delusions of total freedom in anarchy are not self-sustaining and must be underwritten by the thing they despise.

You know, like teenagers.

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Thomas L. McDonald writes about technology, theology, history, games, and shiny things. Details of his rather uneventful life as a professional writer and magazine editor can be found in the About tab.


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