Stuff You Can’t Say in Silicon Valley

Tim Ferriss recently left Silicon Valley, citing liberal McCarthyism as one of the catalysts for his departure.

People seem awfully puzzled that there are things you can’t say in Silicon Valley. I can’t tell if these people are willfully ignorant, or if their heads are jammed so far up their asses that they can’t conjure a single controversial idea.

Here, I’ll help you guys out.

Stuff You Can’t Say

  • It’s okay to support Trump.
    We agree that people shouldn’t be fired for their political views, but this isn’t a disagreement on tax policy, this is advocating hatred and violence.Ellen Pao, after her company severed ties with Y Combinator for refusing to fire Peter Thiel
  • Diversity of thought is more important than diversity of skin color.
    Apple diversity head Denise Young Smith apologizes for controversial choice of words —Techcrunch, Oct 13 2017
  • Silicon Valley uses H-1B visas to lower wages and crowd out American minorities.
  • If San Francisco residents really believed that sea levels were rising, they’d have all sold their homes by now.
  • “The distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech…”
    Google Fires Author of Divisive Memo on Gender Differences —Bloomberg, Aug 7 2017
  • The only way to achieve equality is by hatchet, axe, and saw…

Parker Thompson raises a valid point: Why is it so hard for Tim Ferriss to speak his mind? After all, I just spouted a bunch of crimethink, and I’m but a lowly peon. Tim is independently wealthy; the worst that could happen to him is he loses some Twitter followers, or maybe Silicon Valley’s squawking heads call on tech leaders to cut ties with him.

We tend to toss these threats around lightly, but remember — rich investors have really fragile egos. Their world revolves around thinking about what the world thinks of them. Self-absorption is one of the key factors to success around here. Why do you think tech leaders spend so much time on Twitter? Heck, why do you think Parker Thompson is virtue-signaling so hard right now? These guys aren’t worried about being persecuted; they’re worried about being ignored. Just like Bill Gross, these people are empty narcissists on a neurotic quest for love. That’s another thing you can’t say in Silicon Valley.

See Also:
What You Can’t Say –Paul Graham

10 thoughts on “Stuff You Can’t Say in Silicon Valley

        1. I wish I had an answer, but we can’t talk about such things around here. 🙁
          I live south of the peninsula, so I don’t think about sea levels much myself.

  1. I admire your bravery but I do think you are walking a very limited plank and it will run out if you keep going. I would honestly be prepared mentally for a very nasty backlash once the Bay Area tech press notice that you are going “off ranch.” It is the reason I generally don’t comment online, because I know they will come for me and drive me out of the job as a white Man in tech if I actually express myself.

    I think you in particular can say these things now because you are a “minority woman.” Even though Asian folks actually are vastly outnumbering any other ethnicity and Chinese / Indian men and women out earn white men in tech…the Left in general have some tolerance for someone they think should be in their side, it’s how Michelle Malkin gets away with it.

    So Instead of engaging in conversation, they will just ignore you for now.

    I really like your writing and I think you are the only person in Silicon Valley tech actually willing to address these concerns. There are many men and women I know keeping their heads down who share your beliefs but they don’t write them down out of fear of harassment.

    I think there is a huge gap you can fill in high tech as a conservative commentator who can call people on their nonsense in the Valley. I have been hoping someone would step up for a long time. Please keep writing!

    At some point, they are going to make an example of you. It will come in the form of an online hate mob, probably backed by the likes of Pando etc decide to target you, then it will happen. Stay strong!

  2. I am a liberal in the Bay Area who recently bought a house here. Here’s a map of the effects on SF of various levels of sea level rise: http://geology.com/sea-level-rise/san-francisco.shtml.

    It’s up for interpretation, but overall I think you are wrong to imply that it is inconsistent to choose to buy a house in most areas of SF and to be concerned about sea level rise. Even if you are talking about the Bayview or the Sunset, there are plenty of reasons to be willing to take on the risk (e.g. lower prices or enjoying it while you can).

    Also, FWIW, I think a better title would have been something like: “Stuff I can and will say in Silicon Valley”

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