[I agree, but you haven’t done that in this essay. Paul, you’ve always encouraged the startups you’ve coached at Y-Combinator to focus on their users, to get out of the office and talk to people. Yet here in this piece, you assume that what’s true in Silicon Valley is true everywhere. If you’d spent as much time talking to people who work at today’s low-wage jobs, you might have a very different perspective.]
…a’s Communist government still relies on popular opinion — sometimes even more than democracies do. When democratic leaders fail, they can be voted out individually while the overall system rests easy on its throne. When Communist leaders fail, though, the population has no recourse but to overthrow the whole regime.