Last night on Twitter Scott Adams made this statement via his blog. The whole post is worth a read, as is just about everything Adams writes lately. For me the money quote (figuratively and literally) is this:
Speaking of Hitler, I’m ending my support of UC Berkeley, where I got my MBA years ago. I have been a big supporter lately, with both my time and money, but that ends today. I wish them well, but I wouldn’t feel safe or welcome on the campus. A Berkeley professor made that clear to me recently. He seems smart, so I’ll take his word for it.
First what struck me is the sadness of the situation. Adams is professional comic strip writer and satirist, so he made light of it, but this campus is where he earned his MBA. That is a lot of classroom hours, and a lot of hours networking and relationship building. In addition Scott has spent a lot of time and money fostering relationships with the university post MBA. Here is an archive of Scott’s Berkley page.
OK, Scott is a millionaire and dates Kristina Basham so we do not have to shed that many tears over his emotional state. But this is the severing of a collaborative relationship of a number of years. It was wiped out in a matter of hours over a political election and some blog posts. This is a real sideshow. Adams wants nothing more than to diversify his brand, accumulate wealth and make the world a more efficient safer place, and he was basically blackballed from the campus.
This is why we must build parallel institutions. If someone with the wealth and profile of Scott Adams can be labeled persona non grata at Berkley, what happens to a guy like me at my next alumni mixer? Will I be asked to leave over a Twitter post or this blog? We have to ensure that President Trump is a success and these whining vindictive hypocritical pieces of shit get banished into the political wilderness for a generation.