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What hath Palo Alto wrought?

Original post made on Feb 10, 2023

In Malcolm Harris' expansive, engaging and explosive book "Palo Alto," the image of Stanford racing to replace its beds to accommodate its increasingly tall freshmen serves as an apt metaphor for what he calls the Palo Alto System.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2023 at 7:47 pm

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Is the author's reason for writing "Palo Alto" to inform and enlighten readers to the dangers of capitalism or to reform and enlarge his share of wealth and profits from capitalism with successful book sales via the likes of the internet and Amazon and the hoped for series and movie via Netflix. All made possible by the
advances of the corrupt capitalistic likes of Stanford and Palo Alto.

Posted by Dave Boyce
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 13, 2023 at 12:31 pm

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Stanford, seeming to always keep one eye on the bottom line, strikes me as a heartless business enterprise that happens to have an educational division. This book, which I will definitely read, could shed light on whether my view has any validity. ... Great review!

Posted by Jon Castor
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Feb 13, 2023 at 12:42 pm

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Palo Alto and the so-called 'system' - both imperfect and wonderful. But inferior to Marxism? That's a joke.

Posted by Dave Boyce
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 13, 2023 at 12:45 pm

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The time clock to edit my comment timed out before I could add "graceless" to Stanford's heartless ethos, and that the parade of associated scoundrels -- Shockley, Terman, Jordan and maybe Leland Stanford himself -- fits with the legacy of ignorance and monstrous self aggrandizement that, in my opinion, plagues this university.

Posted by Banes
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Feb 13, 2023 at 3:30 pm

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Who wrote this Kamala Harris or Malcolm?
So we give Stanford back to the Ohlone tribe, and they breed greater diversity than Stanford has? We send all the decedents of our forefathers’ era of slavery back to Africa too?
Change Happens, acknowledge & remember it or repeat it. We are only human. Tribal nations may not be “capitalistic” per se, but they are tribal about many of our unavoidable human nature characteristics, none of us can avoid. Yes, greed & capitalism is one human nature, Whether you are talking about collections of harems, collections of money, collections of gold, jewels, cars, employees or slaves… it is a sorry human nature. Once AI takes off, we may all be eliminated for our failings, our human nature we can’t always get out of the way of.

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