Tom Perkins Doubles Down On Holocaust Of The Rich
Tom Perkins, the founder of one of Silicon valley’s most venerable venture capitalist funds, has again suggested that people who criticize the wealth inequality between those working in the tech industry and those who don’t are akin to Nazis.
In an email to Bloomberg published today, he wrote that critics of gentrification and the generously well-funded tech startups that drive it are just like German fascists during the early 20th Century: “In the Nazi area it was racial demonization, now it is class demonization.”
Perkins is one of the fabulously wealthy founders of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Kleiner Perkins has backed AOL, Amazon, Citrix, Compaq, EA, Google, Intuit, Netscape, Sun, Symantec, WebMD and Zynga, among dozens of other companies. Its most currently famous analyst is Mary Meeker, whose annual “internet trends” slideshow is one of the highlights of the tech calendar.
However, Perkins is also 82 years old, and a spokesperson distanced the firm from him in a tweet:
Tom Perkins has not been involved in KPCB in years. We were shocked by his views expressed today in the WSJ and do not agree.
Perkins and KPCB now appear to have fundamentally split from each other.
Bloomberg apparently asked him to elaborate on his letter to the Wall Street Journal, in which he suggested that liberals might enact a progressive “Kristallnacht” against the 1%.
Read more: businessinsider.com
Tom Perkins hasn’t studied history. The historical event he should really be worried about is not the Holocaust, but the French Revolution.
And here is Tom Perkins’ very own suggestion on How To Stop The Persecution Of The 1%