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Marco Arment:

Y Combinator is extremely influential in tech startups and startup culture.

Peter Thiel, an investor who often participates in Y Combinator, is donating $1.25 million to Donald Trump's political efforts, which has incited outrage among the tech community with many calling for Y Combinator to sever ties with Thiel.

Y Combinator has apparently decided not to. President Sam Altman defended this position in a blog post, framed as a Clinton endorsement, that begins with a partial overview of how reprehensible and dangerous Trump is, but ends with a defense of continuing Thiel's involvement in Y Combinator that's effectively framed as a free-speech or tolerance issue.

I completely agree with Arment.

One thing doesn't sit entirely right with me about this, though. Y Combinator is getting a decent amount of flack for this, and rightly so - a sexual assaulter like Trump should be in prison, not in the White House. However, where's all the outrage about Tim Cook organising fundraisers for Donald Trump's political party? Why is that fact almost silently swept under the rug and brushed aside, but Y Combinator gets skewered for doing the same thing? Why is Tim Cook supporting Donald Trump okay, but Y Combinator not cutting ties with someone supporting Donald Trump not okay?

Is it, perhaps, because Apple and Tim Cook get graded on a curve, to use a phrase popular in the Apple blogosphere?

It's almost as inconsistent as iOS. I guess that runs deeper than I thought.

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RE[3]: Where is the decency ?
by emphyrio on Thu 20th Oct 2016 04:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Where is the decency ?"
emphyrio
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Trump confessed he sexually assaults women. So yeah, I think he should be in jail for that. I don't think that's a very controversial thing to say, but maybe in Trump's America, sexually assaulting people is just fine and a-okay.


Well, no. Confessing to and actually having performed the act are two different things.

Luckily, it is not your job, neither that of any media to convict him of anything. It's for the judge/jury (depending on the legal system) to decide whether he actually assaulted anyone, in a proper court of law, not the court of public opinion.

Edited 2016-10-20 04:35 UTC

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