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    Can Silicon Valley Be Politically Normalized?

    The more the tech industry has grown in recent years, the more it’s tempered its laissez-faire libertarianism. But it’s not that simple: While digital entrepreneurs often prefer progressive values, they remain deeply opposed to government regulation — a middle ground that makes them a tough audience for either mainstream political party. This new politics has turned Silicon Valley’s libertarianism into “liberaltarianism.” And despite its category-defying vagueness, politicians like Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna are nevertheless trying to rope Big Tech into a Democratic Party that embraces unions and vigilance over corporate abuses.

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