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2014-01-26 10:12:30 AM
The letter by billionaire Tom Perkins:

Progressive Kristallnacht Coming?
I would call attention to the parallels of Nazi Germany to its war on its "one percent," namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the "rich."  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?

Tom Perkins
 
2014-01-26 10:38:23 AM
Unlike him, most people, including progressive types, have never killed anyone.
 
2014-01-26 11:26:12 AM
Holy shiat, what an asshole. Better get more tax cuts for people like him post haste, lest he feel any worse.
 
2014-01-26 11:29:43 AM
I don't think this guy understands how good the NAZIs were for large corporate interests.
 
2014-01-26 11:44:09 AM
San Fran's # 1 celebrity is Danielle Steel? WTH? Where did that come from? ... oh fun fact: they used to be married.

/let it go, she won't renegotiate the alimony.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-01-26 11:49:36 AM
The odd thing is that he basically proves that hatred of the "1%" is pretty appropriate.
 
2014-01-26 12:12:31 PM
After reading that, I'm kinda hoping that he's right.
 
2014-01-26 12:31:39 PM
i.huffpost.com

He looks like a Bond villain, or maybe evil Mr. Rogers.
 
2014-01-26 01:36:17 PM
We don't see enough Reductio ad Hitlerum in print.
 
2014-01-26 01:48:26 PM
Which Fark Independents™ are going to white knight this dude?  I'm going to guess none.
 
2014-01-26 01:58:29 PM

vpb: The odd thing is that he basically proves that hatred of the "1%" is pretty appropriate.


Well, he's certainly doing his part to make it happen.
 
2014-01-26 02:20:43 PM
These guys truly think they are the Masters of the Universe.
 
2014-01-26 03:29:24 PM

themindiswatching: Which Fark Independents™ are going to white knight this dude?  I'm going to guess none.


I'll observe that this would have been completely appropriate had he said it would be a Communist purge. After all, if the 1% are as arrogant as the Russian nobility and that willing to tell everyone else to fark off, OF COURSE people will rise up and slaughter them.
 
2014-01-26 04:53:41 PM

vernonFL: [i.huffpost.com image 570x238]

He looks like a Bond villain, or maybe evil Mr. Rogers.


i595.photobucket.com
Hello, neighbor!
 
2014-01-26 05:01:47 PM
What a remarkable anus may look like:
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-26 05:05:17 PM

Relatively Obscure: Unlike him, most people, including progressive types, have never killed anyone.


With a farking yacht, no less.  That's like, mad bonus points if you're a 1%er.
 
2014-01-26 05:09:04 PM
www.theartblog.orgimg.fark.net

Closer match.
 
2014-01-26 05:17:11 PM
Godwinned from the very beginning. What a tragic end to such a pearl of an argument...
 
2014-01-26 05:32:45 PM

2wolves: [www.theartblog.org image 247x388][img.fark.net image 570x238]

Closer match.


"Take the boy, take the boy, I'm too young to die!"
 
2014-01-26 05:37:34 PM
So, whose windows are we supposed to break? Or are we 99%ers supposed to buy Kristall and have a nice evening? I really can't follow this guy's line of thought. He makes Glenn Beck sound reasonable in comparison.
 
2014-01-26 05:49:58 PM
The lesson of Nazi Germany is not that crazy people get into office and do bad things, it is that an entire population can group think its way to concentration camps.

The jews of germany and the 1% in America are the same thing: they are scapegoats.
 
2014-01-26 05:51:00 PM

gaslight: 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.


San Franciscans always find something to biatch about. I think the anger over the Google buses and the rising number of tech workers in the city is pretty stupid and misguided but I don't think that San Francisco is about to lead them to the gas chambers either.
 
2014-01-26 05:51:39 PM
Has anyone started a white house petition to punch this guy in the nuts, yet?
 
2014-01-26 05:51:57 PM

Boloxor the Insipid: The lesson of Nazi Germany is not that crazy people get into office and do bad things, it is that an entire population can group think its way to concentration camps.

The jews of germany and the 1% in America are the same thing: they are scapegoats.


Except that the Jews didn't control Germany.
 
2014-01-26 05:51:57 PM

Boloxor the Insipid: The lesson of Nazi Germany is not that crazy people get into office and do bad things, it is that an entire population can group think its way to concentration camps.

The jews of germany and the 1% in America are the same thing: they are scapegoats.


That's just a silly thing to say.
 
2014-01-26 05:54:41 PM

Mrtraveler01: gaslight: 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.

San Franciscans always find something to biatch about. I think the anger over the Google buses and the rising number of tech workers in the city is pretty stupid and misguided but I don't think that San Francisco is about to lead them to the gas chambers either.


That's exactly what the Jews thought before Google started running all of those Crystal NOC buses.
 
2014-01-26 05:55:28 PM

vernonFL: He looks like a Bond villain, or maybe evil Mr. Rogers.


Oddly enough he was convicted of manslaughter in 1996 for killing someone.  With his yacht.
 
2014-01-26 05:56:58 PM
There are just no words.
 
2014-01-26 05:57:21 PM
31.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-01-26 05:57:55 PM

themindiswatching: Which Fark Independents™ are going to white knight this dude?  I'm going to guess none.


You were being overly optimistic.


Boloxor the Insipid: The lesson of Nazi Germany is not that crazy people get into office and do bad things, it is that an entire population can group think its way to concentration camps.

The jews of germany and the 1% in America are the same thing: they are scapegoats.

 
2014-01-26 05:58:11 PM
The closest this guy came to Kristalnacht is the time one of his housekeepers broke a Baccarat champagne flute.
 
2014-01-26 06:00:21 PM
Hurr.
 
2014-01-26 06:00:37 PM
www.reactionface.info
 
2014-01-26 06:01:22 PM
I guess it's technically not a repeat if we get the considered analysis of the statement (and include it) before we get the article with the statement?
TPM link, last one of Saturday's.
 
2014-01-26 06:01:32 PM
Mr. Perkins,

Given your moderate wealth, it's somewhat disappointing to see such a poor grasp of history being portrayed in your allegory. While I understand a man in your position must have many demands on his time, surely you can afford a reputable tutor to explain this clearly.

What you are seeing is more closely reflected in the French Revolution, the issuing of the Magna Carta, the sacking of Rome and even the American Revolution in terms of how the general populace feels towards the progressive 1%.

You see, Mr. Perkins, there comes a time where the abuses and malfeasance of the ruling class becomes too onerous to bear, and the ones who have borne the weight of these sins become violent. It is a pattern repeated countless times in both past and modern history with fairly predicable results for said ruling members.

Perhaps if you devoted more time and effort towards alleviating and atoning for the toxic methods used by the corporate and banking regimes that caused this economic fiasco, we would begin to see ourselves out of the mire, and be less inclined to take it oiut of your collective hides.

Pound of flesh, Mr. Perkins.
 
2014-01-26 06:01:57 PM

2wolves: [www.theartblog.org image 247x388][img.fark.net image 570x238]

Closer match.


Dayum that's uncanny. He's just like Doctor Smith but maybe with a touch of trollface guy as well.

Maybe more than a touch.

Seriously, comparing himself to Jews in Germany under Hitler because people are starting to notice the increased wealth inequality?

Sure, the internet has a lot more people posting pics of guillotines than say before OWS came on the scene but that is pure hyperbole most of the time.

IRL, the rich have never had it so good.
 
2014-01-26 06:02:17 PM

Relatively Obscure: Unlike him, most people, including progressive types, have never killed anyone.


This is probably the kind of guy who thinks Nazis, Bolsheviks, Maoists, and Stalinists were progressives.
 
2014-01-26 06:03:49 PM

Mrtraveler01: gaslight: 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.

San Franciscans always find something to biatch about. I think the anger over the Google buses and the rising number of tech workers in the city is pretty stupid and misguided but I don't think that San Francisco is about to lead them to the gas chambers either.


I drive in the city almost every day and the number of buses waiting at almost every bus stop is freaking ridiculous and seriously holds up traffic. It is actually an issue.

The price of rentals is seriously inflated, this happened before in 2000 I was renting a tiny ass studio for 1200 and when the bubble burst I got it dropped to 900. Now we are in the same kind of crisis with not enough apartments and too much demand, the only difference is I don't care any more since I live in Marin.

Back in 2000 people were basically saying the same thing as they are now. And not one person has been put in an oven.

yet...
 
2014-01-26 06:04:20 PM

Boloxor the Insipid: The jews of germany and the 1% in America are the same thing: they are scapegoats.


If you actually cause the problem, you are, by definition, not a scapegoat.
 
2014-01-26 06:05:40 PM

LittleJoeSF: Mrtraveler01: gaslight: 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.

San Franciscans always find something to biatch about. I think the anger over the Google buses and the rising number of tech workers in the city is pretty stupid and misguided but I don't think that San Francisco is about to lead them to the gas chambers either.

I drive in the city almost every day and the number of buses waiting at almost every bus stop is freaking ridiculous and seriously holds up traffic. It is actually an issue.

The price of rentals is seriously inflated, this happened before in 2000 I was renting a tiny ass studio for 1200 and when the bubble burst I got it dropped to 900. Now we are in the same kind of crisis with not enough apartments and too much demand, the only difference is I don't care any more since I live in Marin.

Back in 2000 people were basically saying the same thing as they are now. And not one person has been put in an oven.

yet...


Do you think this is another bubble in the making?

/honest question, it's good to see SF growing again but I remember the 1990's all too well
 
2014-01-26 06:07:23 PM
Meh, better than the letter my local paper published today.  link

America is only for Christians

In response to Richard Carlson's Jan. 20 letter to the editor, I fully agree with all of his statements regarding the commissioners opening their meetings with prayer.

We are Christians and must continue to have prayers before all public and private events. There are non-Christians, Muslims and non-believers that are infiltrating our country and we must not let this continue.

The news story Jan. 14 on the lawsuit by Neil Ridgely and Bruce Holstein against the commissioners indicated to me that they are non-Christians. If these two men are not satisfied with prayers before county and private meetings, then I suggest to them that they move to some other country other than the United States.

Robert Clarke


Being from the area, I'm pretty sure the guy is serious.
 
2014-01-26 06:08:54 PM
Aw darn. Looks like the jig is up, everyone. We may as well crawl back to our minimal-paying jobs tomorrow morning and just be grateful that our Lords & Masters haven't released the hounds and strikebreakers on us. No hope for us and we deserve none. Whatever were we expendable peasants thinking?
 
2014-01-26 06:09:04 PM

2wolves: [www.theartblog.org image 247x388][img.fark.net image 570x238]

Closer match.


Damn get out of my head.
 
2014-01-26 06:09:34 PM
If class warfare is real, it wasn't the common American who started it.

It wasn't the common American who plundered Congress.

It wasn't the common American who sent millions of jobs abroad to cater to share holders.

It wasn't the common American who bought legislation to advance their own financial worth.

It wasn't the common American who caused the largest economic collapse since the Great Depression.
 
2014-01-26 06:10:38 PM
So does this mean that the author actually thinks that the Jews in Europe were actually the 1% of their age? This would of course confirm and justify the stereotypes that were applied to jews at that time.
This mean he is justifying the holocaust.  The bastard.
 
2014-01-26 06:11:48 PM

2wolves: [www.theartblog.org image 247x388][img.fark.net image 570x238]

Closer match.


He's also got kind of a Christopher Plummer thing going on. Which ties things back to Nazis quite nicely.
 
2014-01-26 06:12:14 PM
i.huffpost.com

img2.timeinc.net

I saw the Holocaust, and now I see it happening again! We must fight back, wealthy mutants!
 
2014-01-26 06:12:57 PM
And the 1% did horribly under Germany... derp

Mercedes Benz, Krupp, IG Farben, Rheinmetall, Porsche, VW, Henschel, Junkers, Messerschmitt, BMW, Audi (Auto Union),Siemens, Zeiss, Dornier, Arado, Focke-Wulf, Opel (which was still technically owned by GM the entire war), BASF, Bayer, Blohm & Voss etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc

Their 1% sure didn't mind all that cheap slave labor
 
2014-01-26 06:13:35 PM

Dusk-You-n-Me: These guys truly think they are the Masters of the Universe.


Yeah. He's Stinkor.
 
2014-01-26 06:15:18 PM
Isn't that sad? Gee, that's sad. If only there were some way for me to express my sadness.

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