Update: January 27, 2014, 6:43 PM
Venture Capitalist Tom Perkins recently reached new levels of notoriety for writing a three-paragraph argument comparing Kristallnacht during the Holocaust to liberals' critique of inequality in the United States.
"Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the "rich," Perkins, a founding member of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers, wrote in a letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal on Friday. He later doubled-down on the argument, arguing the "racial discrimination" in Nazi Germany manifested itself as "class demonization."
Perkins, on Monday, said he regretted using the word Kristallnacht in his Wall Street Journal piece. He cautioned though that he did not regret the message behind the letter to the editor.
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