I faced a great annoyance.
After switching Asshole Consulting to a new server my e-mails started ending up in people's spam folders. This is of obvious great concern because if people don't get my e-mails, how is the Captain supposed to make money pimping harsh truths to the brainwashed and propagandized masses? So after some rookie trouble shooting - and consequential failure - I decided to go forth and find an IT guy who specializes in e-mails and e-mail filters.
But something interesting and depressing happened.
After talking to two of my IT buddies to see if they could refer a specialist, they informed me they would unlikely be able to find anybody because of my site and its politics. When I said, "Why, is it too extreme for them?" They said, "No, all the IT guys I know are extreme leftists and would either refuse to work with you, or, sabotage your e-mail."
At first I couldn't believe this. IT GUYS?? The ones making all the money? The six figs guys who worked hard, majored in STEM, pay 50% taxes? They're LEFTISTS? And not only leftists, but radical leftists to the point they'd bigotorially refuse service, perhaps even sabotage my e-mail?"
Thankfully my friend found a colleague who was only a "moderate leftist" and had enough of a moral compass that he would help me out and NOT sabotage my e-mail, but it still stung as much as it confused me. How could one of the hardest working and highest-compensated group of people in the US be leftist AND so radical that half the population can't trust them simply because of politics?
We could ask about how this came about, but I think the point is moot. Yes, no doubt, despite being highly intelligent, like all other young people, they were brainwashed and indoctrinated in school. Some probably wanted to "get da gurlz" and thought espousing the same leftist beliefs women did would inevitably get dem "da gurlz." But a much more interesting thought is the price they're going to pay going forward when their leftist ideology becomes reality. Because if there is an instance where one's politics is diametrically opposed, even destructively so, it is IT guys subscribing to radical leftist politics.
"Too Rich STEM Men"
The reason why can be found in what I like to call "Too Rich STEM Men."
For the most part the Millennial generation is a spectacular failure. It's a train wreck, a nuclear blast site, an abortion of a generation. It will be the first generation as a whole that will never achieve the American dream, let alone get out of debt and have a positive net worth upon death. But in addition to brew pubs another silver lining to this generation is their contingent of highly successful and well-compensated "IT guys." Be you a programmer, an engineer, a software developers, or just your standard ol' IT guy, there are millions of young men and women who did major in the right thing, paid off their debts, worked hard, and are now making 6 figs with 6 figs in savings.
The problem is, despite developing a hard work ethic and owning higher-than-average intelligence, they did not escape the purposed brainwashing where leftist politics was installed as part of their core, ethical and life-philosophy "moral code." Despite aluminum being (about) the only thing environmentally and economically worth recycling, they all recycle. Despite women predominantly choosing worthless degrees, they all believe in the wage gap. You can slap on a sticker claiming something is "organic" and they will buy it. And the fashy (or is it "fasc-ist-y?") trend of corporate virtue signalling indicates the millennials (6 figure earning or not, STEM or not) will part with their money over this pre-installed religion of leftism...because they were simply told to.
What these high income earning "STEM Men" don't realize is that there is a financial component to their leftist politics. One I don't think they consider because (like most people) they never bother to look at the difference between "gross" and "net" pay on their paychecks. I also think they've been successfully brainwashed to value status of their life/time, being willing to sacrifice years in terms of commutes and overpriced rents to live in "hot" places like "Silicon Valley" or "Austin" or "New York." But regardless of how they're being blinded to it, they essentially turn themselves into "Silicon Valley Slaves" where the majority of their time at work is NOT invested in themselves, but merely used as a socialist trough to support parasitical others.
Again, I don't know how you can work when 50% of your income is simply given to others, when you are slaving away half your working days to support others, but they do.
Here Comes Da
Like a leech, democrats and socialists numb their hosts first before sucking out the blood. Leeches do this with a topical numbing agent, democrats do it through pay-as-you-go taxes, sales taxes, and rationalizing why their constituents are entitled to your money. But the day is coming where 50% of "Rich STEM Men's" money is not going to be enough. And with the new AND MILLENNIAL generation of politicians, they're not going to numb you up before they make a claim to more of your money.
Not that AOC personally is going to make a grab for more of "Rich STEM Men's Money," but she epitomizes the generation, the psychology, and the politician who will. And it is here the diametrically opposed (and destructive) leftist politics of IT guys will ram head first into their own financial interests.
To be short, you "Rich STEM Men" just make too much damn money. I've seen it through my clients and other (non-leftist) STEM Men who majored in the right thing, worked hard, saved their money and make six figures with six figures saved up. As time goes on and you accrued more in wealth and income, your non-STEM millennial counterparts will have their student loans grow exponentially, not make any tangible economic progress in life, and will start to look at your small cabal of successful "Rich STEM Men" with increasing envy. And as per the way your generation was programmed to vote with politics, they will demand "Too Rich STEM Men" pay MORE than the already 50% you're already paying now. You will have "benefited unfairly," and "owe it to society" by the mere fact you busted your ass off, learned to code, learned to subnet, learned calculus, and didn't go out and party, showing up hungover to your "sociology classes."
Worse, I cannot emphasized the "MEN" part of this enough.
I don't know if you young STEM Men have noticed this in the working world, but employers, government and media sure do place a lot of emphasis on women, women's empowerment, the wage gap, me too, etc. etc. And while there certainly are some highly compensated, successful women in STEM, the VAST majority of the field is still populated by men. Whether you've realized it or not, that is a political sin unto itself in leftist politics, and will only redouble the case for taxing "Too Rich STEM MEN" because again, you benefited unfairly with male privilege.
The question is how much do you want your leftist politics to bite you in your current and future ass? What percent a slave to others do you want to be? What percent of your life:
Going to school
Getting masters degrees
Studying hard subjects
Putting in 40 hours a week
Putting in overtime
would you like to dedicate to other people who simply didn't want to work as hard as you, let alone work at all?
It will be a curious world for those of you "Too Rich STEM Men." By my libertarian values you have every right to refuse service to whoever you want, vote however you want, and slave away your personal and finite life as much as you want. But I will find it very interesting watching you vote yourselves and your freedoms away for your politics, especially in light of the fact you're smarter than that and at anytime you can start to study economics if you wanted to see just how much of a slave you already are.
Oh well, Enjoy the Decline.
Editor's note: This article was originally published at Captain Capitalism and has been rerun with permission.