The South has always had a fairly vocal group of secession advocates (thank you League of the South!) but an article in the New Yorker (seriously) calls out the the Chief Technical Officer of a genome research company named Balaji S. Srinivasan, for openly speaking out in support of Silicon Valley seceding from the US. Srinivasan says “We need to run the experiment, to show what a society run by Silicon Valley looks like without affecting anyone who wants to live under” the US government. Srinivasan makes the point it was the feds that have caused the mortgage debacle, signed off on bailouts and started wars so why should Silicon Valleyites bear the burden of these reckless, statist adventures?
The author of the New Yorker article is an obvious DC apologist (are you surprised?) who has consumed an enormous amount of the proverbial federal Kool-Aid: he says the recent government slimdown caused “very real damage…to normal, non-wealthy people all over the country… .”
So the author does his best to paint Srinivasan as a dangerous kook. He says that Srinivasan suffers from a typical Silicon Valley “persecution complex” which has infected many some of its most influential thinkers. He goes on and claims the “complex” has undertones of “class hostility as well as simple naïveté,… .”
Actually, Srinivasan appears to have a freedom complex which has undertones of individualism, self-rule, and liberty.
The moral of this post: your allies are located in places you’d not expect.