I know a lot of people in this younger generation of programmers — people who, like myself, once idolised him — who now see him as kind of a dinosaur, clinging on to sclerotic and self-serving views on inequality. He’s so attached to the old world order that he can’t see, or doesn’t care, that the world is moving in a new direction and that if he doesn’t watch out, he’ll soon find himself on the wrong side of history. And it’s so frustrating to see him behave this way, when it feels like he should know better.
…lidated you, and so your whole self-image is thoroughly and inextricably entangled in your success. You end up believing that the world is meritocratic and that you succeeded because of something immanently great about you. You’re left believing you’re a kind of hero, making the world a better place by unleashing the wealth creation power of startups. Anyone who challenges this narrative is challenging your very conception of who you are.