Mark Zuckerberg and his immigration reform lobby FWD.us bleat about “frictionless politics.” There is no such thing. Pretending so is delusional and self-serving. Silicon Valley, despite conceits about its innate specialness, has not invented anything new when it comes to politics. The Valley wants much laxer rules on H-1B visas and is pretending their approach is different. It’s not.
Calbuzz delves into Silicon Valley’s political pretensions and how FWD.us is using slimy old school tactics to get support.
“There is this complete horseshit attitude out here, that if it’s new and different it must be really good, and there must be some new way of solving problems that avoids the old limitations, the roadblocks. And with a soupcon of, ‘We’re smarter than everybody else.’ It’s total nonsense.”
Zuckerberg is so tunnel-visioned about immigration reform (especially H-1B visas for foreign-born engineers), he is willing to say or do damn near anything to support those he thinks will help him on the issue. Which caused venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to tweet: “Will FVD.us prostitute climate destruction and other values to get a few engineers hired & get immigration reform?”
As for “frictionless politics,” let someone who successfully organized for decades explain:
“Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict” — Saul Alinsky