Things that happen in Silicon Valley and also the Soviet Union

Anton Troynikov:

  • Waiting years to receive a car you ordered, to find that it's of poor workmanship and quality.
  • Promises of colonizing the solar system while you toil in drudgery day in, day out.
  • Living five adults to a two room apartment.
  • Being told you are constructing utopia while the system crumbles around you.
  • 'Totally not illegal taxi' taxis by private citizens moonlighting to make ends meet.
  • Everything slaved to the needs of the military-industrial complex.
  • Mandatory workplace political education.
  • Productivity largely falsified to satisfy appearance of sponsoring elites.
  • Deviation from mainstream narrative carries heavy social and political consequences.
  • Networked computers exist but they're really bad.
  • Henry Kissinger visits sometimes for some reason.
  • Elite power struggles result in massive collateral damage, sometimes purges.
  • Failures are bizarrely upheld as triumphs.
  • Otherwise extremely intelligent people just turning the crank because it's the only way to get ahead.
  • The plight of the working class is discussed mainly by people who do no work.
  • The United States as a whole is depicted as evil by default.
  • The currency most people are talking about is fake and worthless.
  • The economy is centrally planned, using opaque algorithms not fully understood by their users.

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17 Responses:

  1. Wout says:

    * you are constantly told that you live in the bestest, freeest country?

  2. margaret says:

    • it's oligarchs all the way down.

  3. Eeyore says:

    In my opinion, tha list veers off into wingnuttery pretty rapidly, like what-was-his-name... that guy who ranted himself out of his job at Google.

    • jwz says:

      Uh, because "lol proletariat amirite?" is exactly the same thing as "women shouldn't have jobs"?

      Sorry your bitcoin blew up, Ricky.

    • James says:

      I'd say the last one is off, but the comments make up for it.

  4. Kaleberg says:

    Lately, I've been wondering just who won the Cold War. The US gets more and more Soviet like every year in terms of economic and societal sclerosis. It's not surprising that Silicon Valley, as usual, seems be ahead of the curve. "They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to innovate."

    • Derpatron9000 says:

      > "They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to innovate."

      The American dream in action, now shut up and buy more shit you don't need with money you don't have

    • tfb says:

      The US won a battle in the cold war and mistook victory in the battle for victory in the war. This is the same mistake they made in Iraq ('mission accomplished') on a much larger scale. It's also pretty much the same mistake that both the French (Napoleon) and the Germans (WWII) made when fighting Russia, and for much the same reason: the Russians have perfected the trick of apparently collapsing while in fact merely strategically retreating and relying on the invaders not really understanding just how large their reserves are, and having an undue faith in 'superior' technology which turns out not to be superior in any useful sense.

      It's possible that the US will still win the war, but it seems unlikely.

      (I don't really think this is true, but it kind of might be and it seems more plausible than it did.)

      • James says:

        There is no fight anymore. The Trump presidency has cast everything into self-parody, exposing and exacerbating the brokenness that has always been the only way to get most people to fix things.

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  6. Lloyd says:

    Does anyone else remember Cisco's Stalinist corporate advertising artwork? Worst in the 80s- blankfaced men with red ties and rolled up shirtsleeves pointing to a better tomorrow.

  7. Gabor says:

    I read this article and returned to a conventional news website (black text on white background) and all I saw was a weird false color afterimage.

  8. Adelson says:

    "You are under constant total surveillance"

  9. Dan says:

    Reminds me vaguely of "don corleone, or eat the rich"

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