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Elon Musk leads shift to right in Silicon valet

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Since assuming control of Twitter, Elon Musk has openly embraced right-wing politics, challenging the notion that Silicon Valley is predominantly liberal-leaning and aligned with the Democratic Party.

Once viewed as politically neutral, Musk has adopted a staunchly conservative stance, utilizing his platform, now dubbed X, to amplify themes commonly associated with Fox News, conservative talk radio, and far-right movements.

In a recent instance, Musk echoed a conspiracy theory from far-right circles by suggesting that President Joe Biden was facilitating migrant influx for political gain, invoking comparisons to the September 11 attacks.

Speculation is rife about whether Musk, the world’s second-wealthiest individual, will throw his support, both financially and influentially, behind former President Donald Trump’s bid to reclaim the White House.

Reports of a meeting between Musk, Trump, and other Republican donors in Florida have fueled rumors, especially as Trump lags behind Biden in fundraising efforts.

While Musk has publicly denied direct contributions to either presidential candidate, concerns linger among Biden supporters about potential indirect support or funding channels benefiting Trump’s campaign.

Musk’s rightward pivot reflects a broader trend among Silicon Valley elites, with figures like Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, actively championing conservative causes and opposing progressive agendas.

Andreessen, once aligned with left-of-center politics, now advocates for a techno-optimist vision, vehemently opposing “woke” ideologies and advocating for less government intervention, particularly in emerging industries like cryptocurrency.

The growing influence of this right-leaning faction is evident in tech discussions, podcasts, and even within major companies like Google, where criticisms of “woke” biases in AI algorithms have garnered attention and forced public acknowledgment and corrective action from company leadership.

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