Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Asperger’s Fascists

Ed Driscoll, a regular at Instapundit, posts a Roger Simon column which excoriates the Tech Lords of Silicon Valley as “Asperger’s Fascists.” Simon writes:

They’re extremely bright (largely) guys who have reinvented the way we communicate and even live and made giant fortunes in the process. They used to be nerds, but now they’re big shots, inhabiting expensive homes in the most expensive place in America, Silicon Valley.

Given their history and the monomaniacal, focused manner in which they got there, I would wager many of them suffer from Asperger’s—“a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.”

They get technology, they get business, but they don’t really get people. They don’t read widely, only within their world. Their machines have revealed the truth and they want to make sure the world follows their orders, which are, after all, politically correct.

When they censor they are doing what they are convinced is the right thing. They are what we may call Asperger’s Fascists.

This fits some hyper-techies I’ve known. It tends to be somewhat hereditary, I know of a tech family in which three generations are at various points on the autism spectrum.