Sunday, January 26, 2014

Progressive Kristallnacht Coming?

Progressive Kristallnacht Coming? — Letters to the Editor - "Regarding your editorial "Censors on Campus" (Jan. 18): Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its "one percent," namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the "rich."

From the Occupy movement to the demonization of the rich embedded in virtually every word of our local newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, 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.

This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent "progressive" radicalism unthinkable now?

Tom Perkins

San Francisco

Mr. Perkins is a founder of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers
Tom Perkins and his KPCB is beyond legendary in the annals of successful Silicon Valley VC firms and the lefties are squealing like stuck pigs from this one. Whoo boy.

It hits just a little too close to uncovering that the American progressives of early last century were cited by Hitler for their support and role modeling with their obsession with eugenics a hundred years ago ... that continues to this day in the U.S. but has been "re-branded" as "woman's choice" and "the war against poverty".  (Speaking of re-branding and manipulating the masses, surely you've read Edward Bernays and Gustave Le Bon?)

The only bone I have to pick with Mr. Perkins is that one of the most powerful parts of our "capitalist" class -- can you say the Fed and the banks that own it? -- are in fact fascists that would fit right in to Hitler's regime as their German counterparts did at the time. And Mr. Perkins -- notwithstanding all the impressive things his firm has done -- is probably far too attached to their "free money" to separate it publicly from the real 1% he probably means in his heart of hearts: the successful creators and entrepreneurs.

So the latter continue to take the shafts and arrows rightly destined for the former and repeatedly end up going down on a ship they want no part of.  Just as it's always been:
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck. --Lazarus Long" --Robert Heinlein