Vinod Khosla is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who chose to define his legacy through a spectacular legal battle to block access to the public part of a beach are he owns in California.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, whose openly progressive positions (especially a proposal to tax rich people’s incomes at 70% after the first $10,000,000 a year) have shocked conservatives into an all-consuming hysteria. Moreover, she’s very good at Twitter.

Political analyst Anand Giridharadas remarked, this weekend, that the right’s condescension and sneering at “AOC” threatened to expose its parochial instincts:

“If you think a freshman congresswoman who actually connects with people and actually understands new technology is the problem with America,” Giridharadas wrote, “it may be that you are the problem with America.”

Vinod Khosla, however, doubled down on the condescension.

“That is assuming she understands basic economics, actual humans and technology. I doubt if any of those are true.”

This would be an unremarkable sentiment if its author had 22 followers and an 8-digit number in their Twitter name. But in this case it’s one of America’s richest men—and so self-owningly wrong at each turn it perfecty illustrates the hapless self-regard The New York Times ridiculed him over.

That is assuming she understands basic economics

Ocasio-Cortez holds a degree in Economics from Boston University. Khosla has a plan to 3D-print little houses for homeless people.

, actual humans

Ocasio-Cortez deposed the leader-in-waiting of the Democratic Party in her primary and upon becoming the youngest congresswoman ever became the second-most talked-about politician in the country. Khosla struggles to understand why “stealing” a public beach has made him look foolish.

technology

Khosla is a successful tech investor, but his public endgame amounts to Twitter rants about the New York Times, defending his trade’s awful appoach to sexual harassment, and saying mean things about women and “liberal bigots”. AOC quotes Alan Moore to men who say she should be reined in and shall now craft the laws that govern us. Who, here, has read the room? In this is a generational distiction &mndash; technology as a road, technology as an abode &mndash; that matters.

I doubt if any of those are true.

“Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt.”
— William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

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from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2019/01/14/billionaire-beach-villain-vino.html

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