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Bob Zeidman is a technology entrepreneur, author, and tournament poker player who discusses a variety of topics in this video interview. He starts by discussing his move from California to Nevada, where he enjoys lower taxes and a better quality of life. He then talks about the impact his conservative political views have on his business and personal relationships. He believes that some clients, upon discovering his political affiliation, did not hire him - despite being impressed with his work. 

Mr. Zeidman goes on to discuss the reluctance of some people to have their opinions challenged and how this is leading to the suppression of free speech. He also shares his views on socialism and communism, citing Israel as the only country where socialism came close to working. He hopes to warn people about the dangers of socialist ideologies through his books. 

Mr. Zeidman also talks about the challenge conservatives and libertarians face in Silicon Valley where people are pressured to conform to progressive ideologies. Lastly, he discusses the polarization of politics and the need for people to respect and compromise with each other.

  • 00:00:00 In this section, Bob Zeidman discusses his experience living in California and his move to Nevada. After living in California for over 30 years, he found that the traffic, housing prices, taxes, and crime had all gone up while the standard of living had gone down, leading him and his wife to consider moving elsewhere. They found Nevada to be more hospitable with lower taxes, beautiful scenery, and peaceful neighborhoods. Zeidman also talks about his interests outside of business, including playing poker and getting involved in conservative politics. He notes that it is easier to openly discuss conservative views in Nevada compared to California where conservative individuals were often ostracized.

  • 00:05:00 In this section, Bob Zeidman discusses how his political views have affected his business and personal relationships. While he never talks politics in business meetings, he suspects that some potential clients who discovered his political views did not hire him, despite a positive response. Zeidman also notes that in recent years, he has had friends disappear due to differences in opinions, particularly around freedom of speech. Despite his efforts to engage in discussions and provide evidence, he has found that critical thinking is often missing, and people don't like to debate him online.

  • 00:10:00 In this section, Zeidman discusses the reluctance of some people, particularly those on the left, to have their worldviews challenged. He points out that people are happy to quote research studies that support their point, but they become upset when they find one that goes against it. Zeidman explains that certain opinions are being labeled "dangerous" and are being suppressed to the point of being considered "canceled." He cites universities, big Tech, and the government as the major institutions involved in this suppression. He says that it is particularly concerning when the government is involved, and this leads to an authoritarian or even fascist-like state.

  • 00:15:00 In this section, technology expert Bob Zeidman discusses how tech executives in Silicon Valley live in a bubble and surround themselves with people who reinforce their ideas. He believes that many of these individuals have guilt about their wealth and compensate for it with extreme political correctness. He also suggests that some may not even realize that conservative ideologies exist, as they associate conservatism solely with uneducated people who live and work on farms. Zeidman also touches on Victor Davis Hansen, a recognized intellectual from Stanford who was given a weekly column in the left-leaning San Jose Mercury News and received regular hate mail as a result.

  • 00:20:00 In this section, Bob Zeidman discusses the hate mail that Dr. Robert Bakker received and how he handled it. Although there were letters to the editor, Zeidman believes Dr. Bakker also received personal letters calling him a quack and harmful to society. Despite this backlash, Dr. Bakker let the negativity bounce off of him. Bob Zeidman also talks about his books, which span several genres. His latest novel is a remake of Animal Farm called Animal Lab. He hopes that through these fun and engaging books, he can spread political messages to people who may not typically read from a conservative perspective.

  • 00:25:00 In this section, Bob Zeidman discusses George Orwell's "Animal Farm" and the warning about the evils of socialism in the book. He points out that the catchphrase, "All animals are equal but some are more equal than others," is a way of capturing the evil of communism and socialism, which is that one person or group can easily gain power. Zeidman also draws comparisons between socialism and communism and mentions that Israel is the only country where socialism came close to working due to fighting a common enemy. Zeidman then talks about his book, "Animal Lab," which is his attempt to show a strong warning against what people are calling democratic socialism, and how the animals in the book implement principles of the United States and capitalism, and everything seems to work really well.

  • 00:30:00 Valley culture changes their beliefs towards more leftist ideologies. Zeidman discusses his hope that his book, "Good Intentions," will alert everyday people to the danger of "wokeness" and "Social Democratic Socialism" that he believes is infiltrating universities, government, and big tech. He explains his belief that in practice, socialist and communist regimes have always failed, with the exception of Israel, which abandoned it when it wasn't working. Zeidman argues that the push towards equality and social justice ends up destroying society and creating a few people in power who dictate how everyone else should live their lives. While there are small groups of Libertarians in Silicon Valley and organizations coming out of Stanford University, Zeidman worries that many students are absorbed into leftist ideologies once they start working in tech.

  • 00:35:00 In this section, Bob Zeidman discusses the pressure faced by conservatives and libertarians in Silicon Valley to conform to progressive ideologies in order to advance their professional careers. He notes that while some people have the courage to resist peer pressure, others may succumb to it and compromise their values to get ahead. Zeidman, who invented the field of software forensics, feels fortunate that he has a skill that is in demand and can survive in isolation from such pressure. However, he also acknowledges that it could still pose challenges for those who work in high-level management in high tech. Zeidman emphasizes the importance of principles such as objectivity, high ethical standards, and letting facts dictate decision-making to ensure that clients get the truth, which is a value that clients appreciate. He then goes on to talk about the current divisiveness in politics and how it has affected compromise and getting things done in both parties.

  • 00:40:00 In this section, Bob Zeidman discusses how the polarization between Democrats and Republicans in recent years has led to an inability to work together to accomplish goals. Zeidman notes that Democrats, in particular, tend to villainize Republicans, an attitude he finds dangerous. He suggests that people need to respect each other's opinions and compromise where possible. Ultimately, Zeidman believes that gradually getting the word out and people thinking again about respecting differences may be the solution, although he worries this may take a significant, unfortunate event to occur. Finally, Zeidman talks about potential business or personal repercussions for his views, but emphasizes his belief that these issues are too important to keep silent.

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