Facebook and the New Colonialism

Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t had the best week.

First, Facebook’s Free Basics platform was effectively banned in India. Then, a high-profile member of Facebook’s board of directors, the venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, sounded off about the decision to his nearly half-a-million Twitter followers with a stunning comment.

“Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades,” Andreessen wrote. “Why stop now?”

After that, the Internet went nuts.

  • T.C.

    Seems strange, though. All these third world types can’t wait to migrate in the
    millions to these post-colonial empires even after overthrowing their
    post-colonial shackles in the countries of their birth. Non-Western countries that stagger along under the stunningly incompetent rule of the locals. Countries which survive self-induced crisis after self-induced crisis only through benevolent bail-outs
    from those same post-colonial empires. And by the way, name me one civilization
    or religion other than a civilization based on Western Judeo-Christianity that
    made the attempt to eradicate slavery on a world wide scale? Colonialism was
    the best thing that ever happened to humans on this planet.

  • 20thCenturyVole

    Heute die Welt, morgen das Universum

    or something like that. I found myself thinking about what a 16th (or even 19th) century person would make of the entire argument. Totally incomprehensible, is my bet.

  • FactsWillOut

    Looks like me and Zuckerburg agree on one thing:
    “Incidentally, “users” is a term that Facebook now discourages, favoring “people” instead. Though “users” was, at least, an improvement over “dumb fucks,” which is what Zuckerberg called the people who signed up for Facebook when it was new, according to online chat transcripts that emerged as part of a lawsuit several years ago.”

  • Spatchcocked

    Every day brings another meaningless pillow fight from these faggots.