I found myself thinking of Robert McNamara and the other “whiz kids” who ran our country into a ditch over the Viet Nam war and caused untold suffering in that small country. McNamara was very smart, too smart perhaps to create such a cock-up over a misunderstood fight for independence and against longstanding colonial oppression. Fifty eight thousand American deaths and over three million VietNamese deaths later, the point was made.
Mark Zuckerberg was on CNN saying that Facebook was an optimistic and forward-looking company that maybe underestimated the capacity of companies like Cambridge Analytics to weaponize the information of unsuspecting Facebook users and cause havoc in the 2016 presidential election.
Zuckerberg joins the cast of characters known as very smart people who would benefit from a lot more common sense and real world skepticism. If Zuckerberg didn’t know it before, he has to know now that good people who allow bad things to happen on their watch don’t get a pass for the damage done. In this case, the damage is enormous: helping to inflict the Orange Tornado on our country and the world.
We hardly know the full toll yet of the Trump presidency, but once again, point made.