We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Silicon Valley’s Political Perils

10th September 2018

Read it.

Last week’s news underscored growing concerns over the politicization of tech companies. With his inimitable style, President Trump claimed on Twitter that Google shows political bias by skewing the news found in online searches. Relatedly, a group of some 100 conservative-leaning Facebook employees formed an online community to escape the strictures of a “political monoculture” and provide themselves a “safe” place for “ideological diversity” among their 25,000 co-workers.

Good luck with that. They’ll get what James Damore got.

It’s a truism that Silicon Valley leans left, but the average tech millionaire is not easy to pigeonhole ideologically. A revealing, if little-noted, 2017 study from Stanford University compared more than 600 “elite technology company leaders and founders,” 80 percent of them millionaires, with more than “1,100 elite partisan donors” of both political persuasions. The distinctions are revelatory for anyone interested in mapping the future of American politics. “Increasingly, technology entrepreneurs are using their personal wealth and firms’ power to exercise political influence,” the survey’s authors observe. “For example, recent federal candidates have referred to Silicon Valley as a ‘political ATM’.” The study found that 80 percent of tech millionaires overwhelmingly donate to Democrats over Republicans; hardly a surprising finding.

Indeed. The Democrat party is the party of the new clerisy, the establishment upper class, and all of their ‘soak the rich’ rhetoric is just virtue-signalling. The reason that they’re getting involved politically is that they’ve learned the Microsoft Lesson, that if you don’t have guys in Washington and Sacramento looking out for your interests you’re going to be pillaged by the Willie Browns of the world. Modern political life consists of the eaters and the eaten.

Comments are closed.