Saturday, January 25, 2014


Alec MacGillis draws our attention to this preposterous letter to The Wall Street Journal from Tom Perkins, founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers:
... Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its "one percent," namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the "rich."

From the Occupy movement to the demonization of the rich embedded in virtually every word of our local newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent. There is outraged public reaction to the Google buses carrying technology workers from the city to the peninsula high-tech companies which employ them. We have outrage over the rising real-estate prices which these "techno geeks" can pay. We have, for example, libelous and cruel attacks in the Chronicle on our number-one celebrity, the author Danielle Steel, alleging that she is a "snob" despite the millions she has spent on our city's homeless and mentally ill over the past decades.

This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent "progressive" radicalism unthinkable now?
Look, I'm not sure about tactics like slashing Google buses' tires, but if Perkins is going to have the bad taste to equate his fellow richies with the victims of the Holocaust, tell me: Who's the Hitler in all this? Where's the state power?

Oh, but I know what the right's answer to this will be, because the Murdoch press has been working on it for a while: Here's Fox Nation with a compendium of stories collected under the headline "Is There A COORDINATED, VAST LEFT-WING CONSPIRACY?" Evidence, real or imagined: investigations of Chris Christie's Bridgegate, the indictment of Dinesh D'Souza, alleged IRS targeting of a right-wing Hollywood group, New York State asking James O'Keefe's group to provide standard employer tax documents, etc., etc. The New York Post's Kyle Smith throws in the jailing of the filmmaker who made "Innocence of Muslims" and Bill de Blasio wanting a tax increase on the rich for universal pre-K. Before that, it was de Blasio inadequately plowing the Upper East Side. Y'know, just like Hitler in the Jewish ghettoes.

Meanwhile, gays in Russia actually are experiencing violent repression by gangs of thugs encouraged by the state, and it's even worse for gays in many African countries. Gays in Russia and Africa aren't tossing off letters to the editor in between yacht-building sessions, like Perkins, or fretting to the San Francisco Chronicle's society columnist about criticism of their landscaping, like Perkins's ex-wife, Danielle Steel.

Steel, you see, bought a landmark San Francisco mansion, but it was across from a city park, so she maintains a hedge around it that a Chronicle writer called "comically off-putting." Her version of Kristallnacht: one additional nasty Chronicle column, in which, yes, she was called a snob -- in part for the hedge, and in part for this explanation, from a 2011 Wall Street Journal interview, for why she spends more time in Paris than in San Francisco:
"San Francisco is a great city to raise children, but I was very happy to leave it," she said. "There's no style, nobody dresses up -- you can't be chic there. It's all shorts and hiking boots and Tevas -- it's as if everyone is dressed to go on a camping trip. I don't think people really care how they look there; and I look like a mess when I'm there, too."
Oh, but I'm sure the gay people who are being brutalized, with state encouragement, in Russia and Africa feel Steel has suffered far more.


ALSO, TOO: Here's a novel Tom Perkins wrote (and got published by a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, back when Perkins was on the News Corp board):


John Kahler said...

Poor Danielle Steele,"...and I look like a mess when I'm there, too." because the DFH control your mind. That hedge, by the way, is just plain ugly. I doubt that would pass muster in Paris. The poor 1%, they just want to be left along. They do forget that it's not the 1% that made them the 1%, but selling to the rubes and riff raff. If they would just go away...

aimai said...

Its funny--she thinks that everyone has a duty to look good all the time for the sake of the street scape and a general feeling of the place, but she denies that cities and other communities have standards for the appearance of the houses and buildings there too. That hedge is the very definition of an eyesore--its like an ugly bandage obscuring a beautiful building. Like spite fences it turns its back on the street because the owner wants comfort/privacy. But what is an insult to her when she thinks of herself as a viewer is a privilige she holds dear when she thinks of herself as a homeowner entitled to do with her property what she wants. Of course if the building across the street from her was to permit its inhabitants to hang out washing we'd hear from her pretty quickly.

Roger said...

So Tom wrote a book about his hookup with Larry Ellison?

Victor said...

Oh, how I wish there actually WAS a far-left conspiracy!

We need something to offset the existing far-right conspiracy - of Koch Brothers, and other billionaire, fueled political parties and movements, and with FUX Noise, Rush, Sean, Orally, Drudge, the WSJ and WaPo Op-ed pages, etc., to egg-on the rubes.

Victor said...

And of course her hedge is in extremely bad taste!

What else could it be?

Hasn't anyone ever read her "books?"

Ten Bears said...

Poor Danielle Steele, as clueless as characters in her books. The genre is drivel, Steele drivel par excellence. Crotch-shots on Fox.

The Kristallnacht thing, though, is really rather stunning. Even for the WSJ. The Retards aren't even trying to hide it anymore.

No fear.

Unknown said...

Know what else is messed about this?

If you look at the comments after this letter at the site, there are a bunch of commenters who actually BELIEVE this.

Glennis said...

Danielle Steel is San Francisco's "number-one celebrity?" Seriously?

What a two-bit backwater that town turned out to be.

Glennis said...

That hedge is the very definition of an eyesore--its like an ugly bandage obscuring a beautiful building.

It's also got to make her property extremely dark. How close is it to the windows, it looks like it's right next to them, maybe six feet away at most. Her windows must look out upon a dark green featureless void.

Not only has she made it so the public can't see the majesty of her beautiful home, SHE can't see it either.

Philo Vaihinger said...

They scream when nobody hits them. That means they plan to hit us, hard. We need to strike first.

Unknown said...

Wow, what a shock, he also believes the ACA has death panels.

Dark Avenger said...

Danielle Steel is San Francisco's "number-one celebrity?" Seriously?

Since Armistead Maupin moved out of the City, alas.

Roger said...

Danielle Steel is San Francisco's "number-one celebrity?" Seriously?

The real celebrities live in the East Bay.

Examinator said...

Wow folks Anybody need further proof that USA is the land of absurd/obscene extremes, in both attitudes and word.
Kristolnacht, Nazis?!! Godwin's law on amphetamines or what!! If the bow was any longer I'd be able to pluck it from Australia!

What a load of poo!! even the world's dung beetles would go on strike from over work.

Aunt Snow,"Beautiful Building?!?" If you like gothic design WW 2 gun (artillery) bunkers m'be.
No accounting for taste, I guess.

If I were as rich and so ridiculously profligately inclined I'd choose a better different city.
Oranjestad, Road town or Port Louis perhaps ?

As for the hedge well it was that or every Paparazzi with a telephoto lens.
Let's get real it's one thing to publicly throw tax deductions on the homeless but another thing to actually see or do something meaningful for them. Oh yes, not that I'm a Christian but the parable of the widow's mite and the rich person's donation come to mind.

But I guess it depends on what you're aiming at notoriety or real assistance.
IMHO she could start by stop writing such morally shallow drivel in favor for something to inspire a well needed change of priorities in the USA generally.
I mean from accumulation for its own sake and focus on a real difference.
Having said that she is entitled to her POV .