Republicans Will Yell At Silicon Valley Execs Until They Rand Up
Alicublog finds RealClearPolitics asking a serious question: whycome ain’t the Silicon Valley nerds Randians?
Yet the biggest failure of the right is that it has lost the economy’s technological elite.
Today’s John Galts and Hank Reardens are not in a valley in Colorado. They’re in a valley in California. The Hank Rearden of Silicon Valley, an innovator who started out in a garage and built a company which became the most valuable in the world, was Steve Jobs. But Jobs was—let’s be honest here—kind of a hippie. He had many of the virtues of an Ayn Rand hero, but a very different personal philosophy.
That brings us to what I think is the most important question to take away as the right examines how to reform itself. How does it win Silicon Valley? How does it get the best, most innovative segment of the youth, the ones who are actually plugged in to a vital and growing area of the economy, to see the value of free markets and to want to fight for them? I put it this way because I think that if the right learns how to win over the young innovators and entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley (and its many equivalents across the country), it will go a long way toward learning how to win over the youth vote.
It’s amazing what a semester at Reed College can do to you. And I like the “he’s totally like an Ayn Rand character except for the ideas” line; that’s like telling someone they have the persuasive charm of Iago.
Anyhoo, what liberal brainwashing is keeping our Steve Jobseses from their natural home on the right? Michelle Malakin, hit it:
“Yep. While two billion Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday on this 31st day of March, Google is using its famous ‘Doodle’ search logo art to mark the birth of left-wing labor leader Cesar Chavez. For real,” Twitchy’s staff wrote. “Google’s Doodle logo overlords sure have a way of rubbing their politics in people’s noses.”
Gratuitously narrow religious constrictions, calling harmless graphics employees “overlords?” I don’t see what the turnoff could possibly be.