If Zuckerberg Was President

Though adamantly denying any plans to run for office, Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech at Harvard, in which he divulged his vision for America:

'we can get a pretty good idea of what Zuckerberg would be politicking for if he were running for public office.

Taxes on the rich would be high. “There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can’t afford to pay off their loans,” he said. “People like me should pay [for changes].”

He’d devote resources to fight climate change. “How about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet and getting millions of people involved in manufacturing and installing solar panels?”

We’d have plenty of trade agreements. “Progress now requires coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.”

He’d call for immigration reform now — and make those Dreamers into citizens. He choked up when describing his relationship with a young undocumented resident he was mentoring.

Voting would get a tech boost. He said, “How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online?” I bet Russian cyber-attackers will love that one.

Also: affordable childcare, portable health insurance, and even a stab at universal basic income!

Left unsaid was that virtually every point is the polar opposite of those coming from the administration now in office. In fact, he didn’t utter the name of our president at all. But he did say that the struggle of our time is a “battle of ideas” pitting “the forces of freedom, openness, and global community against the forces of authoritarianism, isolationism, and nationalism. Forces for the flow of knowledge, trade, and immigration against those who would slow them down.'

One can read both the lines and what's between them. Rich people are going to pay for poor people, thus incentivizing more poor people to come in against the wishes of ANYONE who would slow them down. This is how you enslave both the poor and the rich. Not only do you make the poor dependent, but you allocate the net coming in for them to other purposes. You money launder through welfare. The more people you incentivize to come into the country, the more you destabilize other countries, making them easier to manipulate and make dependent on you. Eventually, you swallow the world up, and where we have, for the past 200 years been living in tax-farm nation states, we're now headed toward a one world government, controlled by media manipulation,  social policing and military rule. This vision is Facebook with assault rifles, and instead of trending topics, daily social outrages, daily acts of extreme violence followed by tighter and tighter regulation.

But Mark Zuckerberg is touring because he knows Facebook is dying. He's not deaf to what's been happening in America this past year and knows that people will only respond to balls or tears. He's opted for tears. All people who try to sell you something emotionally are suspect. Social media can give you quick flashes of emotion until something more exciting bumps it off the radar. Real life can't place a Facebook-like way of engaging with the world over the top of the economy or national security.

But we can drop out of the part of our culture which is dying.

There is a global future, it's just not the one Zuckerberg imagines. It's one in which sovereignty is ever fluid, fundamentally free and ever rising and falling with the quality of its spirit and its perseverance.