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The Silicon Valley elite have rejected the Democratic politics of their parents in favour of an aggressive individualism. Paulina Borsook looks at the ideology of techno-libertarians

By Paulina Borsook   November 1996

I grew up in Pasadena, California, among children whose fathers worked at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The parents of my classmates were, to a man, good liberals. They voted New Deal Democratic; they were the grateful recipients of all the money the American government had poured into science, post-Sputnik; they had a sense that the government could do and had done good things, from building dams to pulling off the Manhattan Project and putting a man on the Moon. As beneficiaries of government largesse-from the GI Bill to the expansion of government funding for research and development (R&D)-they…

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