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April 10, 2014, 3:34 am

I, the Gentry

Harvey Milk

A year ago, Rebecca Solnit wrote a “Diary” item for the London Review of Books titled “Google Invades”, complaining of the influx of moneyed Silicon Valley types, from Google, Apple, Facebook, Genentech, etc., into San Francisco. I sent in a short response, and the LRB published it (it’s appended to the piece online). Since then, the argument has grown livelier, and I’ve even heard from a couple of journalists. (See “The dawn of the ‘start-up douchebag’”, in the Independent. I’m not the douchebag — I almost wish I could boast I was.)  But I don’t think I’ve managed to get across what needs to change.

First, I should say that the problems Solnit and others are protesting are very real. Living is expensive, and getting worse. People without plush incomes have to weigh income against…

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February 6, 2014, 7:56 am

Are Entitled To Against Every Government On Earth

I have some suggestions for Constitutional amendments:

The 28th Amendment:

The right of the people to move freely about the United States shall not be abridged by the federal government or the states.

Why.

The 29th Amendment:

The people shall have full ownership and control of their own personal information.

Why. Also why.

The 30th Amendment:

The right of an adult to vote shall not be abridged for any reason.

Why.

The 31st Amendment:

Corporations are not people and shall not be treated as such, especially by the ^$*&^^%$&%& SUPREME COURT!.

Why.

The 32nd Amendment:

The President of the United States shall be elected by direct vote of the people of all the states [updated!] and areas over which the United States has jurisdiction.*

Why.

Call them a mini-Bill-of-Rights, one for the 21st century.

(The title is part of a Jefferson quote about the original Bill of Rights.)

*…

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