Axios Shocked Libertarians Move To Texas, For Some Reason

California is the Bear Republic

Axios morning email thingie tells us that Libertarians are fleeing California for the warm embrace of Texas, which has no income tax:

America’s entrepreneurial and technology power is dispersing beyond Silicon Valley and New York — a trend greatly accelerated by two Cs: coronavirus and California.

The big picture: Elon Musk is the latest high-profile business leader to bolt from California because of its governance and cost.

  • At the same time, workers are fleeing the state — and New York City, too — to work remote, often in tax-friendly states or emerging tech hubs, for good.

What to watch: The next wave of cool innovations — 5G, autonomous tech, drones — will unfold in cities, Axios CEO Jim VandeHei writes.

  • It appears a lot of CEOs, companies and talent will head there, too. This could spark a realignment of influence and politics.
  • Palantir, the data-mining giant, followed through on CEO Alex Karp’s complaint on “Axios on HBO” that Silicon Valley is a “monoculture,” and moved to Denver.

And then Axios has a brain-fart of some sort, because when the story is about Tech founders, naturally one’s mind turns to…

Objects in Mirror are actual size

Ben Shapiro, host of the nation’s top conservative podcast, moved his Facebook powerhouse website, The Daily Wire, from L.A. to Nashville in September.

  • Shapiro told me that California “has made it nearly impossible to do business, between their absurd regulatory climate, their insane tax rates, and the declining quality of life.”

OK, quit giggling!

Musk said yesterdayduring a Wall Street Journal CEO Council appearance that the Bay Area “has too much influence on the world.”

  • Musk moved to Texas … Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale moved his venture firm from Silicon Valley to Austin … and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. —a descendant of the firm that Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard famously started in a Palo Alto, Calif., garage,” as The Journal put it — is moving to Houston.

Musk became the second richest person in the world recently and he’s complaining about taxes?

As regular readers know, I am not a fan of any of these boys. Musk is an unusual grifter (ask L.A. what they think of his hyper-loop tunnel that they paid for), and when he launched his Tesla into space for a PR stunt, all I could think was that it was too bad that he was not in it.

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18 Responses to Axios Shocked Libertarians Move To Texas, For Some Reason

  1. Heim says:

    For me only I am always surprised when one hears that Libertarians eschew Somalia.

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  2. osirisopto says:

    Tax them. Tax them till their eyes bleed. Tax them until they whine and cry and whimper their way out of the state then charge a toll on the road they use to leave.

    And next year when they try to come back tax them twice as much just for being stingy shitheads.

    Texas, Tennesee, Pennsylvania, etc. aren’t California. There’s a reason the cost of living here is so high. EVERYbody knows it’s a great place to live.

    Musk, et al will still be paying taxes on their second, third, and twelfth home in Malibu, Santa Cruz, and Hillsborough.
    And my bet is that the Pied a Terre in SF or the penthouse in LA ain’t going on the market any time soon, either.

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  3. ” Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale moved his venture firm from Silicon Valley to Austin “

    Possibly the single most liberal city in Texas.

    And the last battered, tattered, resold, relabeled remnants of Hewlett-Packard are leaving, bearing no relationship to the company that built Silicon Valley.

    Also all the whinging and complaining about California reminds me of the incomparable Yogi-ism: *”Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded!”

    Gonna be fun to watch when Teslas HQ is demolished because some bright Randian desides to build his unregulated fertilizer factory and ware house next door…

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    • tengrain says:

      The HP that is moving to Texas is the bidness services = consulting, like McKinsey & Co. Bet their first recommendation to new clients is to move to a no-tax state like Texas.

      Just guessing of course.




  4. Ten Bears says:

    They figured out how to drink oil?


  5. sos says:

    Just as the swallows return to Capistrano
    the douchnozzles flock to Texas.

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  6. Oh Dog, I followed that Palantir link to Axios:


    blockquote>Karp blamed the “increasing intolerance and monoculture” of Silicon Valley. In recent years, employee action has pushed several large corporations, including Google, away from government contracts that staffers felt violated human rights.

    You named your company for the “All seeing eye” at the Center and Source of Evil in the LOTR, provide your services to the worst despots in the world to oppress their citizens, and you wonder is what you’re doing is right???

    Yes fucking Silicon Valley has a ‘monoculture’ and YOU’RE IT.

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    • Ten Bears says:

      In all fairness to the Palantir, they were corrupted. I’ve been waiting a while to see something like this. Was starting to wonder if I were the only one to make that connection.

      Though with great will, the corruption can be overwhelmed.

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      • Sadly I don’t think there’s a Ranger out there somewhere who is secretly the True Heir of Bill and Dave who can wrest control from the evil ones who now control it. (to mangle the metaphoric ref into near urecognizability )

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  8. This is part of the village’s greatest hits playlist, along with Democrats in Disarray and Soon He’ll Pivot to Presidentiallity.

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  9. laura says:

    Pay your fucking taxes rich dirtbags – all you all!


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