Liberals are under pressure from their progressive base to make Silicon Valley hire more minorities and women.
Progressives wonder why West Coast techies cannot unionize and sit down for tough bargaining with their progressive billionaire bosses.
Why are high-tech profits hidden in offshore accounts?
Why is production outsourced to impoverished countries, sometimes in workplaces that are deplorable and cruel?
Of course, Silicon Valley’s critics should be wary.
They wonder whether the golden tech goose can be caged without being killed.
Some wore jeans, sneakers, and T-shirts, making it seem like being worth $50 billion was hipster cool.
But the billionaire-as-everyman shtick has lost his groove, especially when such zillionaires lavish their pet political candidates with huge donations, seed lobbying groups and demand regulatory loopholes.
Local community groups resent the tech giants driving up housing prices and zoning out the poor from cities such as Seattle and San Francisco.
Behind the veneer of a cool Apple logo or multicolored Google trademark are scores of multimillionaires who live one-percenter lifestyles quite at odds with the soft socialism espoused by their corporate megaphones. Instead of acting like laissez-faire capitalists, the entrenched captains of high-tech industry seem more like government colluders and manipulators.
Both liberals and conservatives are just beginning to ask why internet communications cannot be subject to the same rules applied to radio and television.