America is divided. So it’s no surprise that Silicon Valley is divided as well: between Hillary and Bernie however. Not Hillary and Trump. A New York Times article details how many of the young tech workers in Silicon Valley – burdened by mountains of student debt – are fervent supporters of Sanders, who is not liked or even known very well in the tech community.

That is, the community of tech owners, managers, and innovators. And investors of course. Not the community of your average entry-level employee. Who may be well-educated, but are barely beginning to chip away at their accumulated debt load.

What does the technocracy want? Expanded H1-B visa programs to displace older, well-paid employees with substantially cheaper foreign workers from East and South Asia mostly; expanded trade agreements so Google and Uber and Facebook and everyone can sell more in China; fairly open immigration laws in general – apparently over 40% of recent tech start-ups were founded by immigrants. And Trump’s call to boycott Apple because of the encryption face-off with the FBI is an affront to many tech owners. They are the innovative meritocracy where science trumps (unavoidable) civics every time.

These are not Trump-friendly policy options, to say the least. But the division between tech and Trump goes further than that. Trump’s campaign has given hope to lower-income, white working-class voters. Yes, people call them all sorts of other names. And the average Trump supporter, by the way, is not lower-income but closer to upper-middle income, according to the wonks at fivethirtyeight. But tech lives in an alternative universe compared to an under-employed coal miner in West Virginia.

So while tech elites will vote and fundraise for Hillary, while many tech employees will hope Sanders keeps fighting right to the convention, there is a core (but maybe not an overwhelming majority) of Trump supporters who see their relative – and even absolute in some cases – incomes falling and who have lost a lot of hope in the ruthless tech-heavy world they are trying to survive in. Their concerns are not just opposed to much of Silicon Valley’s political agenda, they exist in a far different world. Hostile resentment faces off against dismissive aloofness.

Yes, Trumpkins can be angry and even threatening. But Silicon Valley would delete a good measure of America’s civics, understood as the duties any employer has, and some of its sovereignty, in the name of innovation and it’s endless iterations. Which are no longer justified in terms of their effects on average citizens, but rather because they can lower costs.

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