Google’s Trojan Horse?

Watch out, Google!

Schmidt at 2011 G8 Summit

Is Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman (and until recently CEO) of Google, a Trojan Horse with secret loyalties to Bill Gates, Jr. and the super-rich?

A member of the Bilderberg Group, Schmidt is a multi-billionaire despite his dubious executive track record.

The way he rapidly ran Novell, Inc. into the ground in the late 90’s looked more like deliberate sabbotage than incompetence or bad luck. He certainly ignored some good advice I gave him at Comdex in 1997.

In addition to taking down Novell, the major competetor in 1997 to Microsoft’s local area networking (LAN) and internet products, he also took down Word Perfect and Netscape, the main competitors to Microsoft’s desktop products including Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Mail, in the process. In effect, he caused Novell to recklessly acquire many of Microsoft’s main competitors and then, overextended and poorly managed, to tank.

I was there and saw a lot of it go down.

Coincidence? Honest mistakes? Clever conspiracy…?

If Google seems to have discarded its “Don’t be evil” resolve, we may not need to look much farther than Mr. Eric Schmidt.

Poor Richard

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4 Responses to “Google’s Trojan Horse?”

  1. Jon Awbrey Says:

    It is now clear that a set of Corporate Elite Oligarchs (CEOs) have decided that democratic societies no longer fit into their business models, and so they have naturally set out to remove these annoyances from the world they intend to own. They obviously regard themselves as some new kind of business geniuses, but they are nothing but the vectors of a deadly sociopathic virus.

    • Poor Richard Says:

      Jon,

      Thanks for your comment. I agree.

      The “sociopathic virus” is something endemic to a cognitive phenotype that is still very prevalent among homo sapiens: authoritarianism. While I don’t see authoritarianism as being on the rise in the gene pool (perhaps the contrary), it is very much on the rise in terms of EXPRESSION. This is a consequence of environmental triggers such as increasing competition for resources and the influence of new technologies as they are monopolized by the authoritarian elites. This has enabled the elites to capture all the civic, economic, and political institutions of society. National boundaries are no protection against the spread of this authoritarian, monopolistic, sociopathic virus. (It may be true that liberal democracies can only survive under conditions of relative peace and plenty.)

      I think many in the libertarian, liberal, and progressive movements alike share an instinctive distaste for authoritarianism, but their archaic and simplistic ideologies (memes) are little protection against the insidious infection of authoritarianism. Authoritarianism is highly elastic and opportunistic in its early stages. Only Occupy Wall Street seems to have enough of the right ideas–the right memes–to resist the infection and expression of authoritarianism. In that sense, OWS might be seen as our social immune system becoming activated.

      I am very disappointed in some of the evil directions that Google has taken. I think it goes to show that all institutions are very vulnerable to the sociopathic virus if they have any internal concentration of power. The nucleus of elites within an organization is the part most vulnerable to infection. The virus gets into the nucleus and then marshals the resources of the organization to reproduce and spread itself. The only effective prophylactic is active worker/user ownership.

      Of course this is over-simplified, but if Google were a worker/user owned cooperative with no central nucleus of elites, it would have greater resistance to viral infection by corporatists like Schmidt.

      PR

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  2. n8chz Says:

    (It may be true that liberal democracies can only survive under conditions of relative peace and plenty.)

    Perish the thought. But perhaps a liberal democracy can be freeze-dried or otherwise put into a state of hibernation pending the return of peace and prosperity?

    • Poor Richard Says:

      According to your link, our Magrathean friends have arranged just that. But as long as our genome survives to see better conditions (i.e. makes it through whatever population “bottlenecks” may occur) I don’t really see the need for cryogenic hibernation. We might miss something interesting that happens along the way.


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