Stephen Colbert to Uber’s Travis Kalanick: Can you teach me basic economics?

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert may not be the place where one can find Conan O’Brien-quality humor. It may not be the place where one can find Jimmy Kimmel-quality interviews. It is, however, the best late-night location for viewers who want to find a man who doesn’t understand basic economics.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was invited onto The Late Show on Friday for a generally hostile interview. Under the guise of, “Hey, I’m just asking questions!” Colbert treated his “guest” like he does everyone who he’d like to take down a notch. He failed because it’s not a good idea to take on a successful businessman before grasping basic economics.

Colbert: Explain surge pricing to me. Ok, if I’m someplace in say, Australia, and there’s a threat of a terrorist attack, why do prices triple? Is that how we should be treating each other?

Travis Kalanick: Absolutely not.

Colbert: But that happened.

Travis Kalanick: What happens is, when demand outstrips supply, the price comes up in a particular neighborhood or across the city. If it’s in a neighborhood and we see many more people need a car than there are cars available price goes up in that area. The drivers are told. They then go to that place so that more people can get a ride out. Sometimes, something happens in a city. We don’t know what it is. And if it’s an emergency, we basically turn it off because I just think community expectations are — an emergency, major weather events, things like that — we turn it off.

Let us turn to a scenario used by economists like Thomas Sowell. Say there is a hurricane and no power. The demand for flashlights will skyrocket. If the “greedy” store does not raise prices, then rich people (perhaps like Stephen I-brag-about-my-Tesla-car-during-interviews Colbert) are likely to buy many flashlights. Each member of a seven-person family may get a flashlight. If those prices are raised, then it is much more likely that, say, seven different families each buy one flashlight. The flashlights will be allocated much more efficiently. A guy like me, who already has a flashlight, won’t purchase an extra one “just because” I’m there buying water and canned tuna.

On another level, think of what Colbert is saying about how Uber drivers should respond during a terrorist attack (on the anniversary of 9/11, no less). Imagine there is a terrorist attack and you are an Uber driver. In Colbert’s mind (i.e., the mind of a man whose job is to tell jokes in an air-conditioned studio), you would be a jerk for charging more to drive into a life-threatening environment. Guys like Colbert can stand on a moral pedestal precisely because they don’t have to drive cars for money.

The interview continued on (no softball questions for you, Mr. Kalanick), and before long the subject once again turned to insinuating the wealthy businessman is really just looking for ways to exploit his employees until they are no longer necessary.

Colbert: Here’s another thing. I know you talk about how good this is for drivers, but you said you want like self-driving uber cars. That’s not for the driver. That’s just — we’re employing robots at that point. How is that helping … drivers at that point?

Travis Kalanick: Google is doing the driverless thing. Tesla is doing the driverless thing. Apple is doing the driverless thing. This is going to be the world. And so the question for a tech company is, “Do you want to be part of the future, or do you want to resist the future?” And we feel that, in many ways, we want to not be like the taxi industry before us. That’s how we think about it.

Colbert is the type of guy who probably lamented the invention of the internet because the music industry changed and it forced all those Tower Records employees to get a different job and possibly learn a new skill set. Today, however, he probably loves listening to Spotify on demand.

The good thing about The Late Show is that viewers get to see the “real” Stephen Colbert. The downside (for him) is that he can no longer hide his economic ignorance behind false personas.

Colbert treats feminist Anita Sarkeesian like delicate flower on GamerGate; liberalism exposed

Colbert Anita SarkeesianFor those who have followed GamerGate, Wednesday was a great day. Stephen Colbert interviewed feminist Anita Sarkeesian and, ironically, treated her like a delicate little flower. For the entire interview he offered up softballs down the middle of the plate, which Ms. Sarkeesian only managed to hit for singles instead of home runs.

Regardless, the most telling moment came when Mr. Colbert attempted to discredit what GamerGate is all about — an industry of liberal activist journalists who are so buddy-buddy with one another that they ultimately hurt the gaming community they’re supposed to support.

Colbert: “What about the accusations of collusion between designers, feminists and journalists? Do you understand how important it is? Why are talking about ethics in gaming journalism. Do you understand how huge that is? What if there was no ethics in Hollywood journalism? If we can’t trust Entertainment Tonight or TMZ, where would we be? Is that what you want for gamer journalism?”

Anita Sarkeesian: I think that is a compelling way to reframe the way that this is actually attacks on women. Ethics in journalism is not what’s happening in any way. It’s actually men going after women in really hostile aggressive ways. That’s what GamerGate is about. It’s about terrorizing women for being in this industry, for involved in this hobby.

The reason why Colbert tries to tear down accusations of media collusion is because he too is an activist who has made a nice life for himself saying the right things, making the right friends, ignoring inconvenient truths and sending out marching orders as prescribed by his powerful liberal friends in media and politics.

Like clockwork, Ars Technica, Gawker, Salon, The Huffington Post and all of the usual suspects were there to write fawning stories over the segment. Indeed, if one were to believe Ms. Sarkeesian, then the GamerGate community is all about men who want to “terrorize” women.

In the real world, most fair-minded individuals know that if you take to social media and say really dumb things to instigate people (e.g., calling Rainbow 6 misogynistic because it has a female hostage), then out of the millions upon millions of gamers, some of them will respond in a rude — or possibly threatening — manner.

Taking heat from random internet jerks, many of them teenagers, is completely different than, say, having the director of big-budget Marvel Studios films liken you to a member of the KKK because you disagree with him. Yes, that’s right, Joss Whedon lumped the GamerGate community together with one of the most infamous racist organizations of all time. Stay classy, Mr. Whedon.

Joss Whedon GamerGateIn the real world, having to suffer the slings and arrows of immature jerks online is expected. What isn’t expected is that a writer for Gawker would call for those who disagree with him to be bullied. Yes, that’s right, that was Sam Biddle who wanted to “bring back bullying” like Justin Timberlake wanted to bring sexy back.

Sam Biddle GamerGateIf Colbert wasn’t a liberal activist, then he would talk about women like Helena Horton — a writer who has worked for Ampp3d, Vice, The Guardian, The Mirror, and Gay Times —who thinks society needs to “kill all men.” But he doesn’t. He gives feminists like Ms. Sarkeesian the floor to talk about all the mean, nasty, and sexist men out there who live to “terrorize” her.

Helena Horton GamerGateHow many gamers grew up idolizing Stephen Colbert, only to find out yesterday that he has utter contempt for them? How many Joss Whedon fans thought that they were liberal until they found out that liberal “tolerance” is only extended to those who parrot the precise talking points of the day without question. Disagree with the likes of Joss Whedon, and you’re a racist. Disagree with Ms. Horton, and you apparently need to die. Disagree with Ms. Sarkeesian, and you’re a terrorist.

If you are a gamer who has suddenly found yourself on the receiving end of personal attacks from the so-called “journalists” that you trusted for years, then take note: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, The Huffington Post, and most of the websites you’ve relied upon to stay abreast of world events are of the same mold as Joss Whedon. If you are a gamer who now realizes that gaming “journalists” lie to you on a regular basis, then it is time to think long and hard about the worldview you’ve been shown by men like Stephen Colbert.

Editor’s Note: If you want to get an honest appraisal of GamerGate, then check out The Main Event’s YouTube page. His coverage of the issue since the very beginning has been superb.

Colbert cannibalized by liberals for joke using Asians: The thought police always turn on its own

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Dutiful liberal Stephen Colbert decided to wade into the Washington Redskins debate by making a joke on air and over Twitter, which has now highlighted quite nicely where you end up when you follow that worldview to its logical conclusion: the land of livid thought police.

Colbert’s tweet — “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” — sparked the ire of our old friend Suey “only white people can be racist” Park, and now #CancelCobert is trending on Twitter. Sadly, Mr. Colbert, for some weird reason, still doesn’t understand that his own ideology breeds intellectual cannibals. Conservatives have the same problem, but the difference between a liberal and a conservative is that the conservative doesn’t want an all-power federal government — and the weapons at its disposal — filled with thought police. The conservative just wants to be left alone.

Suey Park and her “allies”? They want power and control.

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But the great thing about Suey Park feminists is that they never miss an opportunity  to burn bridges. Disagree with them and you’re not an “ally,” which means that although her venom is typically spewed towards white people, she has a way of also turning off fellow Asians, black people, and any other minority who isn’t a political radical.

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Poor Haichi only wants to fight real racists. I guess he’s not one of Suey’s allies.

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Ditto for Oliver. It looks like his eyes are starting to open. Keep going, Oliver! Suey Park is the face of liberalism, and it is totalitarian at its core.

Oliver WillisDon’t believe me? Look at her feed. Suey Park and her fellow leftists are angry and they have no intention of engaging in civil discourse. Due to her scorched earth campaigns, which take out large numbers of people she needs in order to build a real movement, she is mostly relegated to throwing online temper tantrums that go nowhere. News outlets get the clicks, the marketing department is happy, and Suey gets to feel as though she did something productive for “the cause.” That said, you can see that the seeds of violence are there. In the right political climate — if a perfect political storm occurs — people like her sometimes come to power.

For a good example of what happens when raving socialists get control of the wheel, see Venezuela.

 

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Ultimately, Stephen Colbert will survive professionally. The left likes him too much to ever make him pay for any transgression he might be guilty of in the eyes of its fringe elements. Bill Maher also knows this all too well. Given that, I believe the best way to take advantage of this moment is to reach out to your independent (but left-leaning) friends and family, and explain to them how those who claim to be the most “tolerant” among us are, in fact, totalitarians in training.

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Update: Suey Park recently went on Huffington Post Live and demonstrated just how self-destructive her worldview is. She can’t even go on a show with two liberal men for over five minutes without ensuring that they’ll never want anything to do with her again, if possible.

Suey Park
Hi, My name is Suey Park. I like to go on liberal shows and complain about liberal white men. I wish the world wasn’t so structurally white, whatever that means. If only it was more structurally Korean we could all enjoy North Korean-inspired gulags and dance to K-Pop Asian women doing their best sex-doll imitations.