Generation Conflicted

In the tech world, I meet a lot of brilliant, ambitious, hardworking entrepreneurs. These folks are committed to their dreams, working 100+ hour weeks, and paying themselves as little as possible. They stretch investors’ dollars to the limit and hunt for more VC to make dreams come true. They want to create jobs and better lives for many. 

Over drinks, these young capitalists talk about three things:

1. Easier access to capital.

2. Lower taxes so they can reinvest in the next generation of their products.

3. An expansive, wealth-distributing, world government.


Yeah.  These people who are sincerely and devotedly capitalistic about their own businesses are totally socialistic about everything else.  Their top-shelf educations have thoroughly brainwashed them into believing that a start-up in Silicon Valley (or Cleveland) is not subject to Obama’s plan for unified world economic management. 

We can win them over.  Ask them if they would accept some professor’s point of view on whether or not their software idea was feasible.  (They would not.)  So why accept some History professor’s view of the world?

Make a deal:  I’ll support lower taxes on entrepreneurs, if you’ll support less government regulation on small businesses. (Make them think.)

America leads the world in technology innovation (if not production) because we are free to pursue happiness. The young geniuses in Silicon Valley have access to VC because America produces wealth and lets (for the most part) the people decide how to invest that wealth. 

As Obama’s policies worth through the economy, opportunities to start new businesses, to build new dreams, to design and create great stuff vanish. Let’s win the minds and hearts of the brightest, boldest innovators.  They’ll fix Washington so they can get back to their dreams.

Author: William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Persuasive design expertLatest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016)Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016)I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.

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  1. In a sense, Bill Gates can be a model for what is best and worst about this inner tension. Here is a guy who has made scads of money (running afoul of government bureaucrats in the process) and is now devoted to solving problems with it in an efficiency-oriented way that governments really aren’t capable of, while at the same time he kow-tows to transnational government nostrums like the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

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