Silicon Valley: where the streets are paved with Bitcoin. / Patrick Nouhailler
The Baffler,  September 29, 2015

Daily Bafflements

Silicon Valley: where the streets are paved with Bitcoin. / Patrick Nouhailler
w
o
r
d

f
a
c
t
o
r
y

• Of “secular Satanism,” the “Dark Enlightenment squid monster,” and anti-democratic techies, Park MacDougald has this to say on The Awl:

Valley oligarchs don’t need to be convinced that democracy is the root of all evil, they just need to think that our existing democratic institutions are illegitimate or just not sufficiently optimized.

Corey Pein wrote about the fascism swirling around our islands of libertarian innovation here.

• Here’s a good, honest Silicon Valley rags-to-riches story, wherein hard graft and scamming, and not boy genius, is the actual path to unicorn-hood. (Thanks, Buzzfeed.)

• Today in “Good for them!”: Bono and Mark Zuckerberg are sharing bylines. The Pope is releasing a rock album with Believe Digital.

You Might Also Enjoy

Why They Need the Cucks

Jessa Crispin

Strip The Hierarchies of Cuckoldry and Bankruptcy of its satirical critique, and you're left with a logic that is dismally familiar. The categories of embattled manhood now trafficked by the cuck-trashing, immigrant-bashing men of Breitbart or 4chan are shifting but ultimately exacting; like Fourier’s taxonomist, they obsess over finer and finer distinctions. Their aim is not to elevate one idealized version of masculinity, but to break masculinity into a more perfect pecking order, so almost everyone can look down a level at the scum below. This new order relies on the traditional markers of manly achievement—a girlfriend, sexual partners, money, power, and, most importantly, control—but none of those matter as much as the act of division itself. It’s a coping strategy. Yes, the 4chan men like to make jokes about living in their parents’ basements, but those jokes are only funny if they can point to someone even lower than themselves.

word factory

So Much Winning

Jason Linkins

There was no quibbling over what item on the menu might be more digestible---Virginia voters just carted off the whole buffet.

word factory

Baffler Newsletter

new email subscribers receive a digital copy of our current issue.

Further Reading