Implementing a Tech New Deal

Implementing a Tech New Deal. By Jeremy Carl.

Big Tech’s globalism is a consequence of its obsession with frictionless worldwide markets. Its interest in anti-constitutional projects like speech control is part of its overall leftist and globalist orientation — almost none of Big Tech’s biggest markets have the same protections of speech and expression that we prize in America. And they are anti-Western in no small part because “personnel is policy.”

Big Tech has relentlessly imported foreign software engineers — many quite talented, but many others mediocre H-1Bs or others whose primary “virtue” is that they work more cheaply than their American colleagues.

As a result, a disproportionate number of those at work in Big Tech today have few roots — or in many cases none at all — in this country, its values, and its traditions. Partially as a result, there has been a massive net exodus of native-born Americans from Silicon Valley over the last two decades, even as the Valley’s overall population has grown substantially.

It is important to note that this situation was not some essential aspect of building a tech powerhouse. The original Silicon Valley, while always having a significant immigrant presence, was a fairly conservative place — one that sent several Republicans to Congress (most recently Tom Campbell, who served until 2001). But it was Big Tech’s incessant demand for cheap immigrant labor that swung the Valley overwhelmingly left.

That explains a lot. The change had started when I worked in Silicon Valley around 1990 and later became a flood.

Even then, smart native-born Americans were no longer becoming engineers in the same numbers, because then they had to compete with cheap imports. Better to become a lawyer, because lawyers cannot be imported.