KMO reads and responds to the 1995 essay by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron, The Californian Ideology framing it in the Colin Woodard's lexicon from American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. Barbrook and Cameron describe the ideology of Silicon Valley as a mix of hippy idealism and free market libertarianism, but Colin Woodard's take sheds light on it as being the amalgamation of the Utopianism of New England Yankees and the rugged individualism of the Appalachian borderlanders. It's also helpful to incorporate the roles that the defense and intelligence communities had in creating the internet as described by Yasha Lavine in Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet which is summarized in the Baffler.
It is election day, 2018. Political and partisan tensions are high, and voter turnout looks to be high as well. In this episode, KMO shares conversations with Vermont's Lt. Governor, David Zuckerman, libertarian writer Joshua D. Glawson, and political commentator Steve Lamb. KMO also riffs on ideas lifted from the writing of Caitlan Johnstone and Yuval Noah Harari to consider the idea that Democracy's limitations are not necessarily flaws.