It is hard to turn on Fox Noise or any right leaning radio show and not hear somebody rail against “San Francisco values.” In my humble opinion it is more than the city votes liberal, instead this phrase is just a “code” word for their dislike of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Markos Moulitsas recently pointed out what I think every time I heard “San Francisco values:”
But let’s talk about “San Francisco values”, you know—tolerance, entrepreneurship, and creativity.
Since O’Reilly boycotts everything he hates, I look forward to his boycott of all Bay Area-origin products. Same with every conservative who bashes San Francisco and the Bay Area. So no iPods or anything Apple. No HP computers. No Google. No Yahoo. No eBay. Those conservative bloggers using Blogspot, MovableType, or TypePad? Sorry. Those products are Bay Area-based.
Also no Adobe or Macromedia products. No computers, either, since most run on AMD or Intel. No tax preparation using Intuit products. Cancel your Netflix subscription. Cancel your TiVo subscription. Remove your Network Associates or Symantec virus protection software from your computer. Unplug your Netgear wifi router.
Don’t wear Levis (or any kind of jeans), Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, or buy your kids Gymboree. Avoid LeapFrog learning toys. Boycott Pixar movies. Boycott any movie using George Lucas’ ILM special effects shop. Stay away from Treos and other Palm devices. Don’t let Charles Schwab manage your portfolio. Don’t bank at Wells Fargo.
Yeah, those “San Francisco values” sure are dragging the region down. Making it weak as it falls behind the rest of the country—the parts that don’t share “San Francisco values”—economically and socially.
Or, maybe—just maybe—it’s made the region a magnet for the world’s smartest, most innovative, most entrepreneurial individuals and an incubator of the world’s most dramatic technological advances.
This was first written two years ago. Now Silicon Valley is ground zero for the funding and development of a next generation “green” technology and businesses. Maybe some other regions of our nation could benefit from those darn evil “San Francisco Values.”