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Focusing on a libertarian sliver of the Bay Area’s tech crowd, the Kentucky Republican hopes the three-day trip can tap into a powerful resource that could boost his fundraising skills, message delivery and voter turnout — potent technology tools that were a crucial component in President Barack Obama’s two general election victories. But Paul also has a more lofty agenda — using his strongly held views on National Security Agency surveillance, Internet privacy and free markets to broaden the traditional GOP coalition — and perhaps even persuade California voters to turn their state red for the first time since George H.W. Bush in 1988.
Repeal, Reset, Rebrand, Reboot....RW buzzwords abound as the "conservatarian" lovefest has been running opposite NN14 since Thursday, with Rand Paul's keynote speech secheduled for today ay noon PT / 3pm ET.
The conference, called Reboot, is sponsored by a group founded by three young Republican operatives-turned-tech entrepreneurs. The event, organized by a group called LincolnLabs, is sponsored by Generation Opportunity, a branch of the Koch brothers' political network that targets young voters. (They're the group behind those Creepy Uncle Sam ads.)
Aqua Buddha will be speaking to the Cheeto-fueled, right-wing basement brigades today, although it would seem like these digital infowarriors would make this particular keynote speech at least as accessible as the NN14 keynotes. More interesting is whether a 2016 victory by Rand Paul will see Paypal go all Bitcoin as a result.
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 11:  A sign announces a proprieter's loyalty to Bitcoins, where they are also accepted for payment, at a pub on April 11, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Bitcoins are a digital currency traded on the MTGox exchange, and the value of the v
Paul has already found one wealthy friend in Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder and early investor in Facebook and LinkedIn, who gave more than $2.7 million to super PACs supporting Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign. According to POLITICO Playbook, Paul had private meetings earlier this month with both Thiel and Zuckerberg at the Allen & Co. media and technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Also in Paul’s corner: Scott Banister, a PayPal board member and marijuana reform advocate who is scheduled to speak alongside Paul during the panel at the libertarian technology conference in San Francisco.
It is a mash-up when one considers how the Chamber of Commerce sees its role as President Taft wearing Google Glass much like C-Span's announcement to soon require online registration. And how hard would it have been for Paulistas to livestream Rand Paul's speech today, unless they're worried about receptions like he received at UC Berkeley in the Spring.
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I stand with kos on the issue of pledging to not go to AZ, although it is occasionally unavoidable for some of us in terms of changing planes in Phoenix PHX. It's of course easy to say/do if one doesn't usually have the cash to go to any Netroots Nation conference even if it's proximal.  Hopefully there will be more interest in the quarterly "salons" and if affordable I promise to go to one of those DK regional meetings especially since the run-up to 2016 will be fraught with the usual right-wing stupidity like today's Rand Paul speech in San Francisco at the Kochs' "conservatarian hackathon" Reboot

Just to keep the narrative coherent here's something with more Paulista details

But the fun for close Rand followers began even before Rand stepped to the podium. Frieda Levy introduced Rand. As part of her introduction, she told the story of the time Rand was a keynote speaker at one of those secretive Koch brothers conferences.

Charles Koch's son, Chase, introduced Rand at one of those conferences and said he could identify with Rand and how difficult it was to be a child of a prominent libertarian. Levy than noted that Chase told the Koch crowd that as a child he was required to read Mises and Hayek. This caught my ear, since Rand had just scrubbed from his Senate page a book list that included works by Mises and Hayek (SEE: The 17 Books Scrubbed From Rand Paul's Web Site)

Rand's speech could best be described as Reaganesque, not in the style of delivery, but in the abundance of free market rhetoric, like with Reagan, if you listened carefully, though, it was free market rhetoric with a lot of BUTS.

Early in his talk, Rand referenced the Ayn Rand characters, Ellsworth Toohey and Howard Roark. He said that Silicon Valley was filled with Howard Roarks and that Washington D.C. was filled with Ellsworth Tooheys.

UPDATE is the first to post some quotes from the Rand Paul speech, although there seemed to be nothing new in terms of content short of getting a transcript so it seemed to be constructed of sound bite - sized tweets.
Paul closed his comments by issuing a call to Silicon Valley, questioning why tech-conscious types are still supportive of left-wing candidates and ideas: “Obama is not for innovation or freedom, he is for the protectionism crowd who would limit activities [of those in Silicon Valley]”
He commented on how Bitcoin should be backed by something, such as shares in major U.S. companies who create their own Bitcoin products, and claimed that someone should be arrested for the overreach of the NSA. Finally, he said that the “Idiots and Trolls in Washington” can’t outthink the market - a sentiment that resonated heavily with the ‘conservatarian’ audience.
On education: “We’re going to see a revolution in education where the LeBron James of education is going to have two million people watching him every day teaching calculus or whatever it is”. The problem is of course that "the LeBron James of education" will not skip college or stage 30 minute television programs to announce that they are betraying their home town and moving to where s/he can win a world championship, and finally there are already by proportion thousands of "LeBron James of education" and the activity called teaching (as learning) cannot be done at a ratio of two million to one.
There may be some truth to his using Dilbert cartoons in as much as it does reflect a cynicism about Silicon Valley capitalism:
Speaking on employment, Sen Paul joked about a Dilbert cartoon whereby a mother expresses concern over her son being replaced by a robot. Dilbert shoots back, “I’ve met your son, and I’m pretty sure he could be replaced by a hammer”.
Paul used the joke as a segue into serious trepidations over the U.S. education system: “I’m not concerned with the American worker being replaced by a robot, but seriously, by a hammer,” he said, reflecting on the poor education that many Americans are getting from the current schooling system in the country.
Given the disintegration brought to the schooling system by privatization among other catastrophes, human and technological, it may be that there are many boxes of hammers produced by the LeBron James of libertarian educational thought, although like a nail-seeking hammer, they do tend to be very risk-seeking.

Originally posted to eState4Column5©2013 on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 04:02 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 11:50:57 AM PDT

  •  His father also drew well at Google (5+ / 0-)

    In fact, the engineers loved him.

    Yes, Senator Obama raised more cash from Google than any other GOPer.

    But #2 was Congressman Paul.

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

    by PatriciaVa on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 12:04:54 PM PDT

  •  The GOP stumbles upon (9+ / 0-)

    SF,rebranding itself as ??????? exactly? Christianist steampunks? Technocomic fauvebertarians? Reactionary Schumpeterian Foxes?

    Good diary and I hope you don't mind my mentioning Mark Ames' essay "Homophobia, racism and the Kochs: San Francisco’s tech-libertarian “Reboot” conference is a cesspool" over at Pando. Which is partly financed by Thiel,you know,the freedumb lovin' billionaire who also owns Palantir and a half dozen other NSA contractin' tech spyshops.

    So it goes.

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 12:08:40 PM PDT

    •  incorporated the link above so h/t & thanx ;-) (5+ / 0-)

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

      by annieli on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 12:12:55 PM PDT

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    •  Historic Semi Educated Guess, the Tech Crowd (4+ / 0-)
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      libertarians will be fine with the Christianists because they're expect they can get around or be otherwise somehow exempt from cultural oppression.

      Any of them who can add know that on the decreasing occasions when an election is required for them to advance, they will always need the God Squad to win anything.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 12:33:02 PM PDT

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      •  they confuse rationality with rationalization IMHO (4+ / 0-)

        so when one watches the LP convention on C-Span, one can see how skewed freedom of/from religion gets...would that there would be a viable church that uses marijuana sacramentally

        Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

        by annieli on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 12:38:03 PM PDT

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      •  Thiel fails to appreciate the economies of scale.. (4+ / 0-)
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        ...associated with a military strong enough to defend intellectual property.

        He envisions this artificial island off the coast of San Francisco, a libertarian "paradise".  Yet, what happens when Chinese frogmen attempt to kidnap/procure assets on the island?  Does Thiel honestly believe that even 100 former Marines would suffice against the Chinese military?

        Then, what happens when the "island" begins to export intellectual property.  What government would have a vested interest in honoring trade agreements?

        Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

        by PatriciaVa on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 12:41:58 PM PDT

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    •  Vickys (1+ / 0-)
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      Light is seen through a small hole.

      by houyhnhnm on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 04:38:25 PM PDT

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      •  is this what you mean (2+ / 0-)
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        Barry Brenesal ended his IGN review, explaining, "There's an excellent game struggling to surface in Victoria, and I look forward to playing it just as soon as the requisite patches appear. Now would some kindly soul please create an accurate, intelligent manual for the game?"
        New features

        15 extra years of game play, extending Victoria into the interbellum.
        An expanded tech tree to cover the interwar period, including aircraft and carriers.
        A DOOMSDAY converter which allows players to continue their game in Hearts of Iron II: Doomsday.
        A revamped election and politics system, adding a new level of realism to the game.
        A new ideology, fascism
        An overhauled military system, which will be linked with the player’s policy decisions.
        A new economic system that brings more realism through various economic models.

        Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

        by annieli on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 04:42:33 PM PDT

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    •  why da hell is this not in top comments (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I liked the Pando article (5+ / 0-)

       Despite the links / funding by Thiel - the the article points to the problem of the politicians are part of the "hate teh gay".

         As I highlighted elsewhere (but my pc was complaining)

    Rep. McMorris Rodgers was homeschooled by her father, and got her higher education degree at an unaccredited Christian fundamentalist institution, Pensacola Christian College (PCC), which bans homosexuality, open Internet (PCC until recently banned all Internet access), and mixed-gender stairwells (male and female students are required to use separate stairs and doors). Pensacola Christian College is the publisher of A Beka textbooks for K-12 pupils, which teach kids that Islam is a “false religion,” Hindus are “incapable of writing history,” Catholicism is “a monstrous distortion of Christianity,” African religions preach “false religious beliefs,” liberals and Democrats are crypto-Marxists, and the United Nations is a “collectivist juggernaut that would crush individual freedom and force the will of an elite few on all of humanity.”

    In the mid-late 90s, McMorris Rodgers took office in the Washington state legislature and co-authored a bill banning same-sex marriages, then later earned notoriety for blocking a bill that had already passed unanimously in Washington state’s upper house to replace the pejorative “Orientals” with “Asians” in official state documents.

      My understanding via her explanation:  I learned what I learned and I will never ever change!    IMO - that reflects the GOP - dogmatic to the extreme.
    •  McMorris-Rogers is an interesting case (3+ / 0-)
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      in that she is the best female the current whackadoodle GOP can come up with to reach this techno crowd. Were the GOP in a more sane place right now,they'd be dragging in someone like Libby Huntsman. But they aren't so they send McMorris Rogers,who will rate (I imagine) somewhere between inconsequential to fail among the attendees.

      "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

      by tardis10 on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 01:05:49 PM PDT

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  •  Reception at Berkeley (0+ / 0-)

    Could you sum up what the reaction was at UC Berkeley? I followed the link but I don't have the time or inclination to listen to a forty-minute presentation.

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