THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 162: The New Lords of Creation w/ Corey Pein
“Though there was much sheer rascality in the Wall Street of the nineteen-twenties, much sheer greed roaming at large, and a widespread betrayal of the fiduciary principle, it may be that none of these things did as much damage to the country, in the sum total, as the sheer irresponsibility of men who, possessing vast powers, played the game of profit and loss without regard for the general public interest.”
This quote from Frederick Lewis Allen’s 1935 book, “Lords of Creation” are prescient words that still ring true when we speak of the new oligarchical elite in Silicon Valley. Running roughshod over regulations and labor rights like their turn of the century predecessors. Is the Silicon Valley tech 1% truly the benevolent creators of technology that will lead us to a new better, smarter more efficient world? Or is their libertarian vision of progress just a dystopian nightmare?
About Corey Pein:
Corey Pein is a regular contributor to The Baffler, where he writes a column and hosts the podcast "News from Nowhere." A longtime investigative reporter and former staff writer for the Willamette Week, he has also written for Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, The American Prospect, and the Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Corey is the author of Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley.
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