Meg Whitman: Beyond Good and Evil


If Meg Whitman clinches the Republican gubernatorial nomination, who will be on the ballot – Good Meg or Evil Meg?  Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster recently testified that are two Meg Whitmans – one good, the other evil.  Whitman’s EBay and Buckmaster’s Craigslist are engaged in an internet giant legal death-match.  But, is Buckmaster right or is this a politically-motivated smear on a hated internet rival?

EBay (the ubiquitous internet flea market) is suing Craigslist (the ubiquitous internet advertising bazaar for purveyors of adult services and flea-infested castoffs), claiming that Craigslist diluted its stake in the company.  Craigslist is likewise suing EBay, claiming that Ebay used its Craigslist board seat to acquire confidential information in order to launch a rival ad service, Kijiji.

Craigslist’s Buckmaster claims that an EBay deal-maker warned him there are two Megs – a Good Meg and “another Meg, an Evil Meg … [who] could be a monster when she got angry and frustrated “.  The EBay deal-maker in question denies the allegations.  Is Meg Whitman a prickly, thin-skinned, fire-breathing monster (like her political mentor, John McCain)?  Or is the otherworldly Buckmaster and his Craigslist staff “definitely from another planet” (as one Ebay executive described it)?

Perhaps this is petty politics.  The SF Chronicle notes that Buckmaster is “a San Francisco guy …  the anti-billionaire, ride-the-bus-to-work, Noam Chomsky-reading, type”.  And Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is a frequent donor to Democrat pols.  Perhaps Nietzsche was right. “The time for petty politics is past”, he said in Beyond Good and Evil, “[The twentieth] century [has brought] the struggle for mastery over the whole earth”.  If so, then Whitman (neither good nor evil), whose EBay has brought forth a global market for Zhu-Zhu Pets, may bring just what California needs – a flea market to sell its assets and pay its creditors.


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