Take the six or seven biggest companies in Silicon Valley—and move themby Jay Elwes / May 17, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in June 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
If I have become God, and am now able to pull the levers so that anything I want will happen, the first thing I would do is that I’d change the climate back. I’m God, so I can do that. That would take care of all the droughts, global warming and all the rest of it. Then, and this would be an odd thing for God to do, I would rid the world of belief in God. In my world, everyone would be an atheist.
Then, I’d take all the people who ran, say, the largest 50 financial institutions in the world—they are all currently men—and I would replace every one of them with a woman. After that, I would take the six or seven biggest companies in Silicon Valley, and I’d move them to places that have serious unemployment. So I would move Google to, say, West Virginia. And I would move Intel to Oklahoma. Facebook would relocate to Amish country, in Pennsylvania.
And I’d compel all of these companies’ employees to move, which means I would shift a lot of liberal voters out of California where they are not needed and into the swing states. I guess the easier thing to do would be just to change the Electoral College system, but I think my idea would be a lot more fun. Imagine moving the companies and just waiting to see what happened. If you can see Memphis, Tennessee, transformed by one company—Federal Express—then you could transform an entire state by giving it Google.
Microsoft and Amazon are both based in Seattle at the moment, and they don’t need the two of them up there. So I’d move one of them, let’s say Amazon, out to Columbus, Ohio.
All of this means that I would have lowered the value of real estate back in Silicon Valley, which is a good thing because I would have opened it up so that even more young geeks could move in to start up with their new ide…