Silicon Valley is A famous left-leaning place.As we all know, technicians will spend their wealth Promote gender equality Or eradicate Homeless, And occasionally even propose to impose higher taxes on very wealthy people——In other words, they themselvesThese generous allowances recently came in the form of supporting California Governor Gavin Newson, who is currently facing a September recall. Special electionNot surprisingly, Newsom received donations from an elite circle of tech celebrities including Marissa Mayer and Eric Schmidt. Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings (Reed Hastings) donated $3 million to the Committee to Stop the Republican Party’s Removal of Governor Newsom.In contrast, the California Democrats have so far Contribute USD 2.15 million.
Although donations from the technology and media industries strongly oppose the recall-according to statistics, between 5.6 million and 233,000 US dollars. California Affairs-A small group of technocrats are trying to drive Newsom and show a different kind of California. Some people, such as Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, are well-known Republicans, but others support more progressive politics and even donated money to Newsom’s 2018 campaign. Now they see his politics as the enemy of the booming technology industry.
Venture capitalist and former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya recently described California as a “culture that is not conducive to innovation” because of high income taxes and strict government oversight of business. Palihapitia, who previously supported Democratic candidates such as Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, donated $100,000 to the California Rescue Team, which is one of the main organizations behind the recall. (He also created a website chamathforca.com that details his political agenda, but clarified that he is not actually running to replace Newsom. “To be honest,” he said in his podcast, “I haven’t Get ready to do any of these.”) Venture capitalist David Sacks supported Newsom in the 2018 bid, and he also donated to rescue California.Open TwitterHe pointed out that “Newson’s complete failure in blockades, schools, crime, homelessness, and fires” was the reason for his change of position. (Neither Palihapitiya nor Sacks responded to WIRED’s email.)
Although Palihapitiya and Sacks seem to be outliers in the spirit of Burning Man in Silicon Valley, their views are quite representative among a wider group of people. In 2017, Stanford University researchers Studied the political attitudes of tech elites And found that they are “completely different from any other group.” Neil Malhotra, who led the study, said that wealthy entrepreneurs are often progressive and international, pushing issues such as same-sex marriage, gun control, and free trade. They also tend to support economic redistribution and support social services. What distinguishes technicians is their strong aversion to government supervision, especially in terms of labor. Although they do lean to the left in many ways, Malhotra said that technocrats are not liberals, but “liberals.”
For decades, the CEOs of technology companies have been staunch Republicans — “the financially conservative and socially free types no longer exist,” the political historian Margaret O’Mara (Margaret O’ Mara) said. Code: Silicon Valley and the reshaping of the United States, Wrote in the email. But since the Clinton era, most technologists have allied with the Democratic Party, and they have performed well in this industry. A smaller group is still more determined liberals.
“Silicon Valley is as impatient with politics as it always has, but its leaders and donor class are usually divided into two camps,” Omara said. In the first camp, those who believe that “government is necessary, but need to be improved through Silicon Valley-style innovation” are more likely to be consistent with the Democratic Party. In the second camp, those who want the government to stay out of the way are more aligned with Republicans. In the past, these camps were sometimes blurred or acted according to their own set of rules: Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley’s most famous liberals, Donated 57,400 USD Newsom’s 2019 election campaign. (The founder of PayPal has since moved to Miami.)