Why the creator of VKontakte and Telegram smashed the film Dudya
Durova made a move to take up a pen film about Silicon Valley of another idol of “advanced” youth – Yuri Dudya. In the film, emigrant entrepreneurs talk about the benefits of moving to the United States. Durov, claiming that he is personally acquainted with many heroes of the film, writes that he “noticed a contrast between what they declare on camera and what they talk about in private conversations.” Like, from all the familiar entrepreneurs from the plot, he “repeatedly heard about the downsides of life in the United States.” “Now one of them spends half of his time at home, the other has actually returned to Europe for several months, the third has become disillusioned with the Americans and is building“ little Russia ”around him,” says Durov. As the heroes of the film “demonstrate one very American trait – to avoid sharp corners and concentrate on the positive sides.” He considered it his duty to tell “about America’s shortcomings” and to warn the new generation of entrepreneurs from repeating the mistakes of their predecessors.
The first thing that Durov singled out is America, despite the image of the country of freedom, it is “a tough police state, which is the leader in the number of people in prison.” And even one of the heroes of the film, Dude, “suffered from the unjust actions of US law enforcement agencies and the surveillance organized by him.”
Here, by the way, Durov can be understood – the US regulatory authorities did not allow him to launch his cryptocurrency.
Durov then writes that the US has an “inefficient and expensive” healthcare system. That in Silicon Valley cultural life is extremely limited, and “San Francisco is the only place in the history of my travels where I was attacked during the day in the center of the city.”
The quality of secondary education in the United States is lower than in other developed countries. And “all the winners of the world programming championships who stand for eminent American universities are ethnic Chinese who were educated in Chinese schools and moved to the United States.” And even despite this, “the USA takes first places at these competitions much less often than China or Russia.”
In addition, the US has high taxes – “successful California residents give more than half of their earnings to the state.” And in general, “the United States is the only state in the world that continues to demand income tax from its citizens even after they left the country.” And “a United States passport is economic serfdom.”
Also, Silicon Valley is a place of high prices not only for real estate, but also for high-tech business. The American market is an overheated and regulated segment of the global Internet. “Even 10 or 20 years ago it seemed that all global projects could be launched only from Silicon Valley, and this was justified.” And now, “the biggest success stories in social media are emerging just outside Silicon Valley.”
In conclusion, Durov writes that “the United States is not the best place to live or conduct an IT business,” and that “human rights and freedoms are much better protected in the countries of Northern and Central Europe, and economic growth in the 21st century is concentrated in Asian countries “.
Many such a break in the template and the destruction of the pink dream offended, some were pleased. For example, Senator Alexei Pushkov agreed with the words of Durov and said that it was clear from them that “a tired hegemon is losing the drive.”
The famous political scientist Ekaterina Shulman commented on the statements of Pavel Durov for MK:
– He spoke out on a very narrow and directly related issue. That is, it’s not easy – is it worth living in America, is America a good country, is it worth moving to America, is America not a world hegemon and will it cease to be. Is it profitable to move to America if you want to engage in the IT sector. He calls the reasons why there are better options. He knows better. He knows more about this than anyone else. Here, it seems to me, it makes sense to understand that there is no good country at all, or a bad country in general. Everyone should relate to their own goal-setting. Especially when it comes to moving, emigrating. This is a traumatic, costly and potentially dangerous venture. If you decide on it, then it makes sense to calculate everything as much as possible. In general, no dream country exists. There are countries that are better for one thing or better for something else. If you are an academic, I will say from my sixth, then the country is not important to you at all, but the university is important. If you want to work hard for agricultural work in the season, then you look where apples are grown or strawberries. Durov’s arguments are reasonable. He says that America has high taxes, that the social support system is not as developed as in northern Europe. It’s true. The Scandinavian countries are the countries of the socialist dream that has been realized, although the taxes there are even higher. And migration policies in these beautiful countries are tougher. America attracts people by the fact that it accepts them. As for the statement about America as a police state. It also depends on who you are and what state you are going to live in and what you are going to do. America has a really brutal prison system. Ferocious, completely criminal law. The vast and growing, by the way, unlike us, the prison population and the deadlines. But who does this concern? I do not want to say that this mainly concerns the poor black population, but the statistics speak for themselves. Who mainly inhabits American prisons is known. Does this have anything to do with an IT professional who is going to live in California? There the legislation is more liberal and the population is smaller. So, everyone should apply criteria to themselves.
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