The ascendancy of libertarianism in Silicon Valley
The average American looks to the West and assumes that Northern California is populated by roving packs of Prius-driving, weed-farming, granola-eating, deodorant-despising, left-wing Marxists.
For certain pockets of the Bay Area—Berkeley comes to mind—this is probably a fairly accurate description. But when it comes to Silicon Valley and the tech community more broadly, the political sentiment here is not so easily put into a left-right, Republican-Democrat box.
In fact, over the last few years, I’ve seen something much different happening here—a rising tide of libertarianism in a community that is increasingly taking on the mantle of ethical capitalism, free-markets, civil liberties, limited government and personal responsibility.
Silicon Valley’s political reawakening and realignment away from the two major parties towards a philosophy of economic liberty and social tolerance has come not a moment too soon, at a time when crony capitalism is at an all time high (Solyndra), faith in government is at an all time low (11% Congressional approval rating), the economy is in a sluggish state of perpetual malaise (2% GDP growth) and civil liberties are being eliminated at the stroke of politicians’ pens (NSA Prism).
If the greatest revolution that comes from Silicon Valley isn’t a device but a change in political ideology…interesting. Well written post here.