There's a reason Silicon Valley is In...

There's a reason Silicon Valley is Indigo Blue

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Dublin, Ireland

#1 Oct 24, 2013
The government has screwed up . That is indisputable. While much of that is frustrating, conservatives are offering comedy relief by saying stuff like this:
I get that progressive techies didnít set things up that way, and left to their own devices, can produce pretty good results (see the 2012 Obama campaign). But the governing philosophy they support is at odds with the startup mentality they also embrace.
The argument seems to be that startups are swift and nimble and innovating and risk-taking, while government is the opposite of all that.
It's kinda rich seeing conservatives try to ding government for not being innovative, since this is the same crowd still screaming about Solyandra. But there's a reason that the nation's top innovation hub is nestled in one of the nation's highest-taxed regions, in California's Silicon Valley. And it's no accident that the second biggest tech hub is in New York's Silicon Alley, another high-tax region.

Technological innovation needs certain things to operate smoothly: world class educational institutions, modern infrastructure, cultural amenities, a regulatory framework that allows for venture capital to flow smoothly (both financial regulations to protect investors and entrepreneurs, and a legal system to litigate disputes), and a culture of tolerance, creativity, and collaboration antithetical to selfish conservatism. Isn't that what progressivism is all about? Changing the rules of the game to improve our society? Conservatism, by its inherent nature, abhors change and disruption. I mean, why else would they fight to the death to protect the fossil fuel energy industry?

And that's why the Apples, Facebooks, Instagrams and pretty much anything else that's cool flows out of California and not Mississippi.
Arch on Larch

Detroit, MI

#2 Oct 24, 2013
You are trying to explain FACTS to REPUBLICANS. Good luck with that.

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