Meet The Google Engineer And Occupy Wall Street Organizer Who Wants Silicon Valley To Run The Country
..."I hate the middle class," Tunney told Business Insider. At the time, she had gone through being homeless, health issues without insurance, and had lost her job in both recessions since 2000. The system had failed her again and again, but she didn't want Occupy to simply be about raising taxes on the rich. She wanted a revolution.
Tunney was actually disappointed by the relative calmness of the protests. "I'd rather have them throw a Molotov cocktail through the windows at Goldman Sachs," she says.
"I'd rather have them throw a Molotov cocktail through the windows at Goldman Sachs," she says.
But she didn't do those things herself — she says that she didn't want to get arrested. ...
...There were occasions when the site would go down during a big morning media frenzy and Tunney wouldn't be around to fix it because she was asleep. Others mention Tunney putting up her propaganda posts at 2:30 in the morning instead of during hours when followers were more likely to share. One day she even slept in and missed a radio interview with NPR....
Despite the conflict Tunney faced during the early days of the Occupy movement and the cushy software engineering job she landed at Google in 2012, she's still actively pushing for "regime change" in the United States.
Back in September, she went to Twitter to ask if Occupiers would be interested in raising $1 million to train a "nonviolent militia" for the movement.
Since then, it appears her focus has shifted away from Occupy and towards a vision that could best be described as techno-utopian: basically, she wants the tech industry to run everything in the country.
...As for the Chinese factory workers whose cheap labor enables so much of that excess value creation, Tunney says, "I tend to look at ends rather than means."...