Under a layer of hypocrisy, Mark Zuckerberg spreads fear of people who are afraid of stuff he likes.
Oblivious to the irony, Mark Zuckerberg spreads fear while pretending to argue about politics while engaging in nothing more than emotive clichés.
According to the above news story, he is attacking people who want to stop illegal immigration. What? Shouldn’t he be arguing against the law rather than attacking people who want the law to be enforced?
All he does to promote his case is use prejudicial language to describe those he disagrees with.
He wants us to “choose hope over fear.”
Funny. That didn’t seem to be his reasoning when it came to his own home. As Slate reported last year,
In October 2014, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg paid more than $100 million for 750 acres of secluded land on the North Shore of Kauai. The purchase included two separate parcels: the Kahu’aina Plantation, a 357-acre former sugarcane plantation, and Pila’a Beach, a 393-acre property with bright white sand.
The property is large enough for a set of villas or even a resort. But Zuckerberg apparently plans to only build one home: an ultra-private island hideaway for himself and his inner circle. “When the whole thing is said and done, he might be approaching $200 million on total purchase price,” Steve Hunt, a tax manager for Kauai County, said to the Pacific Business News.”
Right. That’s the behavior of a man who knows all about life as a working class American who supports Trump. I can’t believe they don’t all throw away their “Make America Great Again” caps when Zuckerberg lectures them about the dangers of “fearful voices.”
But there’s more:
Zuckerberg’s desire to sequester his family is understandable, given Silicon Valley’s generally stifling atmosphere, and, more specifically, a recent lawsuit involving his home in Palo Alto. The suit, filed by developer Mircea Voskerician in May 2014, centers around Zuckerberg’s 2013 purchase of four houses adjacent to his home in Palo Alto’s Crescent Park neighborhood.
At the time, it seemed like an odd splurge, and many wondered if Zuckerberg was trying to assemble a compound of sorts. But there was a reason behind the purchase. Voskerician had reportedly told Zuckerberg that he planned to build a large, 9,600-square-foot house on one of the lots behind his property. The home, Voskerician allegedly said, would have a direct view into the master bedroom shared by Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan.
Apparently billionaires are too special to use curtains.
So why didn’t Zuckerberg choose hope over fear? Why didn’t he just trust his neighbor to not peer into his bedroom?
Borders aren’t a bad thing when Zuckerberg finds them comfortable. But when the rest of us worry about such considerations, we are guilty of being “fearful”—which is treated like a self-evident sin.
The U.S. is nowhere near as bad as Europe right now. But if, in the future, our public pools are soiled with feces and rapes in our neighborhoods increase, will anyone Zuckerberg cares about be affected? Not likely.
That doesn’t mean that an argument doesn’t exist for Zuckerberg’s positions. But it does mean he isn’t bothering to make that argument. And, even if he were right, it would be societally destructive to always dismiss fear. Hope can mean naiveté and vulnerability. Fear can be justified.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has been dismissive of fears of Vladimir Putin, fears of Assad staying in power in Syria, and of fears that he claimed were fabricated to justify the invasion of Iraq. Describing Trump as a “voice of fear” is not accurate.