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What you need to read to understand Silicon Valley’s politics

mage 121 -- Dirigible U.S.S. Macon arrives at Hangar 1, Oct. 5, 1934, from Opalocka, Florida..U.S. Navy Photo.
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The Dirigible U.S.S. Macon arrives at Hangar 1 in 1934 not far from Google's headquarters in Mountain View.
  • Michael J. Coren
By Michael J. Coren

Climate and emerging industries editor

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

If there’s a roadmap to how Silicon Valley developed its particular brand of politics, it starts in the Cold War, wanders through 1960s counter-culture, and goes toward a future dominated by artificial intelligence. The seminal speeches, essays, and books that helped shape Valley politics throughout each of three distinct periods in Silicon Valley’s history are assembled here.

The Pentagon’s Cold Warriors, 1950s-1970s

After World War II, the US military realized its superiority depended on mastering digital technology in warfare. Silicon Valley was their answer. Billions of dollars flowed into the region creating an unprecedented concentration of money, minds, and big ideas about how computers could reshape the future. 

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