As a transplant to the Silicon Valley area, I do have to say, as much as most people who’ve moved into the area are liberal on a political level, most of America still prefers Donald as their upcoming elected President. Since most people in the state of California were either mostly into Hillary or Bernie, they forgot how the election process goes. What would influence people as a whole on the USA east coast and central states, will determine who will be leading the country. Any states, including Alaska and Hawaii have no say in the end since the process is based on the majority as a whole.
So if the majority of Silicon Valley companies are operated by a bunch of foreign born liberals, women, and LBGTQ people, what would it mean if a conservative dictator with homophobic ties came into power? For the most part, most companies would have to literally start packing and leave the USA! Where will these companies even go? They can’t go to England due to the Brexit issue of 2016! The middle east isn’t female friendly and they’re government is extremely homophobic as well. What are the options for American based tech companies? South Korea, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, …oh wait, the options just got even smaller! Europe is out of the question due to the bombings all over that continent in recent times.
Tech doesn’t fail, it’s the governments that try to control them that do! The people who run all the tech giant names come from all over the world and all of them have at least two or three facilities operating in various parts of the USA, mainly in Silicon Valley of California. Tech companies in general don’t support the conservative politics from first world countries. It doesn’t help that most Silicon Valley companies heavily rely on having employees from other countries such as India and certain parts of China, where the average salary is much less and the labor for IT is cheaply paid. If a conservative person comes into power in the USA, Silicon Valley will have issues due to most of their employees having to rely on work visas to keep the tech giants afloat.
When Reagan was President of the USA, tech was new then. Facebook rose into power halfway during when Bush Jr. was President. Technology has really expanded quickly ever since Obama has been President since he’s been actively involved in tech projects on a political and personal level. Whether people agree with Obama politically or not, it’s safe to say that he’s definitely a tech savvy person, plus he frequents tech companies. If Trump were to come into power, would he be tech friendly other than his hateful rant on Twitter? There’s a 50/50 chance that tech companies will stay around or move.
Ideally, Silicon Valley will have their fate determined soon. Silicon Beach in the Los Angeles area will be back to being Silicone Beach! There would be a high chance that all the work visas Silicon Valley relies on, will not be granted anymore and the majority of the employees will be deported to their homeland. The average American lives and breathes on the vanity of social media but most don’t know how to put it together! Will people continue to expand on their ideas and be backed up by the political system happening in their lifetime? If political leaders are personally unknowledgeable about technology and how it operates, the continuation of advancing will come to a temporary halt.
Politics divides people, technology unites people. It doesn’t matter what race a person is or what religion they were brought up in, technology has brought people closer together than ever before. Political views for certain policies and regulations has caused some people and groups to take extreme measures in an act of terrorism because of their lack of good while using new technology. Only in recent times, have organizations such as Anonymous and Edward Snowden have been able to expose government corruptions. Conservative politics have and will keep people as a whole separate from the rest of the world, just as Putin has done with Russia and Kim in North Korea.
If another ignorant person becomes President of the most powerful country in the world, expect more problems financially and technologically.