Technocracy Or Is It Leninism From Silicon Valley Tech Moguls?

November 19, 2016 in News by RBN Staff

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Now that America’s financial power center has shifted from Wall Street to Silicon Valley, we need to ask ourselves, “What are the tech industry elite’s politics?” This question is important because, as we all know in America, money equals political power.

The disturbing answer is that there are some decidedly technocratic or even Leninist tendencies among members of the tech business elite. This does not mean that these people are Communists or anti-capitalists – far from it. Instead, they seem to share some of the values and visions that Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin espoused.

Lenin’s goal was to build a political system in which a highly-educated elite would utilize science and technology to create a utopia. History teaches us that Lenin’s system was a dismal failure; instead of super intelligent technocrats, it produced rule by gangsters, thugs, and brainless bureaucrats. It also led to the needless deaths of untold millions of people around the world.

What is truly frightening is that some of today’s Silicon Valley leaders seem to share some of Lenin’s visions. Like Lenin, they wish to use technology to radically transform the world, destroying traditional society and the status quo in the process. The end goal is something like the Communist utopia, where everybody is equally wealthy and all powerful and all distinctions between classes and people have been erased or made meaningless.

The Tech Elite’s Soviet Style Projects

This tendency is best exposed by the eerie similarity between some tech industry icons’ pet projects and some of the activities of the Soviet Union. A few examples of this include:

  • The highlight, and possibly the only real achievement of the Soviet Union, was its space program. Both Elon Musk of Tesla, PayPal, Hyperloop and SpaceX fame and Jeff Bezos of Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) have bankrolled companies building rockets, and Musk has even talked of traveling to Mars and building a colony there. Google cofounder Sergey Brin has also invested in a space travel company.
  • Gigantic industrial projects. The Soviets wasted untold amounts of the Russian people’s money on massive industrial projects designed to transform their nation into a major power. There is a similar tendency in the tech industry, particularly with Elon Musk’s gargantuan Gigafactory (or battery plant) in Nevada. The gigafactory would be one of the largest buildings in America, and it would cost $5 billion to build.
  • Transformation through electricity. Like many people in the early 20th century, Lenin was obsessed with electricity and felt its use could solve the world’s problems. A highlight of his first five-year plan, GOELRO, was supposed to provide electricity to Russia by building a series of massive hydroelectric projects. Musk has shown a similar obsession; his Gigafactory is supposed to produce enough batteries to store a gigawatt (one billion watts) of electricity. GOELRO was supposed to produce 48 billion kilowatts of electricity.
    • Nuclear power. After World War II, the Soviets became obsessed with nuclear power. Fortunereported that a number of tech titans, including Jeff Bezos, PayPal alumni Peter Thiel, and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, are bankrolling generation fusion research. Bill Gates is bankrolling the development of next generation nuclear fission reactors.
    • Radically transformative next generation technologies. Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is the most visible of these. Two rival startups are working on it; one, Hyperloop Tech, is bankrolled by Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar and headed by former Cisco president Roby Lloyd. Another, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, headed by crowdfunding entrepreneur Dick Ahlhorn, is even involved in a project to create a new city reminiscent of those in the Soviet Union at Quay Valley, Calif.
    • New food sources. During the Cold War, Soviet scientists tried to end hunger by developing new sources of food, most notably, the algae Spirulina, which is still sold as a nutritional supplement or superfood online. Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who is ironically enough a refugee from Soviet anti-Semitism, spent around $379,974 of his own money to create a hamburger grown in a test tube by genetic engineering, The Guardian reported. 
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