An open letter to Paul Graham
Rick Webb


“The public conversation so far has been exclusively about the need to decrease economic inequality. We’ve barely given a thought to how to live with it.
I’m hopeful we’ll be able to. Brandeis was a product of the Gilded Age, and things have changed since then. It’s harder to hide wrongdoing now. And to get rich now you don’t have to buy politicians the way railroad or oil magnates did. [6] The great concentrations of wealth I see around me in Silicon Valley don’t seem to be destroying democracy.”

I find this claim fascinating, considering how much money companies like Uber have spent to buy politicians in the past few years. Not because I think it’s wrong — Uber has a point of view, and uses money to advance that point of view with people in a position to help the company get what it wants — but because to pretend otherwise is laughable.

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