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(by Jonathan Taplin | Spears)Bill Gates once wrote: ‘I believe that with great wealth comes great responsibility, a responsibility to give back to society.’ My new book, The End of Reality, seeks to understand four billionaire tech barons who have a very different view. Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Mark Zuckerberg and Marc Andreessen are creating a world where ‘nothing is true and all is spectacle’.

If we are to inquire how we got to a place of radical income inequality and the looming potential for a second American Civil War, we need look no further than these four – ‘the biggest wallets paying for the most blinding lights’. Herein, I’ll call them the Technocrats, in recognition of the influence of the right-wing technocracy movement, founded in the 1930s by Elon Musk’s grandfather, Joshua Haldeman.

The kingdom of the Technocrats

The technocrats have sold – and we have bought into – the idea that they are going to deliver us a bright future / Image: Shutterstock

The Technocrats make up a kind of interlocking directorate of Silicon Valley, each investing in or sitting on the boards of the others’ companies. And the Eurasia Group, the highly respected consulting firm headed by Ian Bremmer (author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism), aptly describes the world the Technocrats have created as one in which: ‘Your personal information will be hacked. Algorithms fed with biased data will make destructive decisions that affect how billions of people live, work, and love. Online mobs will create chaos, inciting violence and sparking runs on stocks. Read Full Article > 

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