Superb. Thanks for writing it.
Do you think a capitalist gets up in the morning and thinks “what can I do to screw up the world today and make a profit from it?” Because I do. I worked at Google. I’ve seen them up close. Silicon Valley is filled with corporate despots.
You’re also describing Microsoft’s acquisition of Danger in 2008 for $500 million. I was part of that acquisition, and it was terrible. I could only stand working for Microsoft for about a year before I had to get out of there. I think their culture has improved quite a bit since Steve Ballmer left.
A lot of the other voters were recruited to vote for Trump via carefully targeted messages (search for Cambridge Analytica). This essay is about one faction that self-organized to support Trump, rather than being coaxed into it via Facebook & Twitter.
The author calls them “losers” as part of his thesis that 4chan Anons self-identify as such, and that that identity is what enables them to collectively be so callous towards everyone else.
As individuals, they don’t want to be “losers”, but the collective self-identifies as (self-aware) losers who have “won” by admitting to and reclaiming (anonymously) their failures in life.
There isn’t very much evidence that oil is not a fossil fuel. Wikipedia has a very thorough entry for “abiogenic petroleum origin”, and I didn’t find the evidence for that theory convincing.
Besides, the issue isn’t that we’re running out of fossil fuels. It’s that we can’t afford to burn up the supply we have at the rate we…