Silicon Valley is just a symptom of the problem and honestly should be celebrated if people…
Jason E
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I agree with pretty much everything you’ve written, except that we should necessarily celebrate Silicon Valley. I also believe the goal should be to allow people to work much less by utilizing technology in a way that benefits everyone, but while Silicon Valley is innovating and disrupting, they’re also continuing the attack on the benefits and rights of workers. I don’t believe that can simply be ignored or placed to the side when considering their impact. It is core to their philosophy, and must be challenged. Many of the technologies their innovations depend on were developed with public funding, yet the benefits are privately held instead of publicly distributed.

You mention the work that unions undertook, and suggest that people just haven’t woken up yet, but I fear that the power of the wealthy is reaching a point where it is becoming more difficult to challenge. I would suggest people have and are waking up to how they have been and are being robbed, yet the corporate control of the media and information distribution platforms is causing people to believe that the only solutions are those that further benefit the very people who are causing the problems in the first place. The capitalist class has effectively directed anger toward the poor, minorities, and immigrants, hiding their responsibility for the desperation of the masses.

Silicon Valley does not have a monopoly on innovation. It profits from public research, takes all the credit, and the profits, while making huge swaths of people worse off. There is certainly a place for technology to reduce the burden of work, but few benefit from the Silicon Valley model.