Silicon Valley, once a libertarianism bastion, sees a budding socialist movement

Matthew Pancia, an engineer in Silicon Valley, told Salon that tech workers are generally a liberal group of people, with liberal social views, but they often align themselves with “an overarching and really oppressive technolibertarian vision of Silicon Valley” — referring to the industry’s growing reliance on contract workers and tendency to create incentive packages that largely reward the people at the top.

Mahajan said it became a “very difficult and conflicting problem.”

“You feel like you can’t win either way,” she said. “Either you have this job that you’re trying to put food on your table, trying to keep a roof over your head, trying to pay your bills, trying to have all your other self-realizations and your career goals.”

Still, not everyone who is involved in social justice organizing within tech actively identifies with socialist tendencies.

Tanuja Gupta, the organizer behind the End Forced Arbitration movement at Google, told Salon the movement has made a conscious decision not to be identified with a specific political ideology.