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I think it's so great that someone as goodhearted and intelligent is so damn rich and powerful. The previous generation of tech giants seem really quite nasty and brutish in comparison. The industrial moguls seem like they were even worse. I really hope it's a trend that better people end up in positions of power.

Imagine a world where most of the powerful people in business and politics were like Larry Page. We'd have ourselves a Star Trek-esque utopia within 30 years. Actually that's kind of what Google campuses remind me of: Starfleet HQ (which is also based in the bay area, hmm....http://i.imgur.com/gPsTC.jpg)

Most - all? - the people I know who are very wealthy/successful are honest, intelligent and hard working.

I know my sample size is extremely small, but I tend to believe these qualities help reaching the top, if they are not mandatory.

Sly, idiotic and lazy people eventually fall from the sky.

I can only speak on why such a perception appears to hold. Anyone is free to spend their money in whatever manner they wish. But they cannot choose how people will percieve such actions, rational or not. The following reasons are why power tends to be associated with dishonesty:

- The hold that powerful entrenched interests have over government that only maintain a positive status-quo with respect to themselves. But negative for the long term development of society

- The offensive allowance and use of patents and litigation by powerful people with the intention to slow progress lest they become obsolete.

- The lavish displays of opulence despite the fact that people are still starving to death

- The still strong existence of classicism

- The love to hate relationship society has with divas and their transformation from normal people

- The inverse proportional relationship between net-worth and probability of proper enacting of justice

- Concentrations of power in government and finance are not typically associated with honesty. Politicians, lawyers and wall street are not held as paragons of noble behavior.

- The prevalence of dictators and corrupt rulers in developing nations

- The extravagant efforts available and taken by the extremely wealthy to minimizes the relative damage of taxes.

- The paucity of efforts like the X Prize, Gates Foundation, Planetary Resources, Space X.

- The difficulty in ensuring that money given to charities actually end up being used efficiently (powerful less needy people somehow end up getting the lion's share of this aid).

My previous boss was not lazy or idiotic, but he was very manipulative and would sell his mother to get a contract. I guess grandparent didn't mean most bosses are stupid and lazy, he meant most are greedy and won't care a dime about those people they have to throw in the sewer to achieve their selfish goals.

Was your previous boss a billionaire?

> ... a Star Trek-esque utopia ...

Years of M.I.C. brain washing at work. Star Trek is run by a military Junta. (Did you note?)

Goodhearted? Why this looks like merely a calculated PR move for me?

Power corrupts.

The opposite seems more likely: the corrupt get more power.

Excepting people like Page who got there thanks to technical acumen.

It's like the brilliant quote by Douglas Adams: "Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."

The opposite seems more likely: the corrupt get more power.

I think that's a false dichotomy. Power corrupts and the corrupt get power. Also, it's not binary but rather goes by degrees. Thus the long pursuit of power tends to lead to thorough corruption.

I don't think someone like Page is completely immune to the allure of power, but he may have a high resistance to it.

Caveat: I'm using the term a little loosely - there are different sorts of corruption.

Run for office. See for yourself what it takes to win. Then check back with us.

I wonder how difficult it is standing up to the bullies.

Goodhearted? The guy is a bazillionaire. You'll be good hearted too when you have so much money that no amount given away is a sacrifice anymore.

FYI: You can't really tell if someone is genuinely goodhearted by watching them being interviewed by Charie Rose. It's what they do when they know no one is looking that will reveal the true nature of a man.

Page is running a company which has no regard for their users privacy. Don't try to make him appear good. He is a scumbag, just as any other CEO. He may have a great PR team but he still is a scumbag.

The average person doesn't have much regard for his own privacy either. Are they all scumbags too?

What kind of reasoning is that? They are not breaking privacy of others.

The point is that if privacy were such a valuable thing people would treat it as such.

Many people treat it as such.


Big part of society is actually concerned about their privacy. It is not like 99% of people are brainless zombies.

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