“Across America,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes in today’s Washington Post, “creative, hardworking people in coffee shops, dorm rooms and garages are creating the next era of growth.”
But they don’t always have good programming degrees, especially if they’re Americans, so Zuckerberg hopes to change the nation’s immigration laws so that his company can more easily hire cheaper programmers from other countries. It’s a win-win situation, for Zuckerburg and his billionaire pals in Silicon Valley.
Ha ha it is really more complicated than all of that, certainly! But this is the great political movement launched by the Web Billionaire generation: something that directly affects the hiring practices and profits of the Web Billionaire’s company. Good-bye to “slacktavism,” and [whatever Facebook noise or catchphrase] to regular old Washington industry lobbying very badly dressed in a very unconvincing costume called Freedom.
The best part of Zuckerberg’s crappy introduction to his lobbying group — which isn’t even the worst thing in today’s Washington Post op-ed section — is this disclosure footnote: “Washington Post Co. Chairman Donald E. Graham is a member of Facebook’s board of directors.”