Quoted: Aaron Levie on libertarianism in Silicon Valley

“There’s sort of a libertarian bent in the valley that occasionally goes too far.”

Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, talks politics and Silicon Valley, where government regulations leave a bad taste in many people’s mouths. “I would characterize myself as very pro-free market, with a very strong social backdrop, or safety net. That’s because I deeply believe that there’s a lot of inequity that people can’t control,” Levie told the Guardian. A couple of high-profile libertarians in Silicon Valley include Peter Thiel — who as our Heather Somerville wrote wields some political influence with the GOP — and Marc Andreessen. Of the latter, Levie says: He is “incredibly visionary from that respect.” But when Levie’s interview ends, he says, “gotta go and find out if Marc Andreessen has blocked me on Twitter.”


Photo: Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box, in 2013. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


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  • Nabil

    Libertarians who are “very pro-free market, with a very strong social backdrop, or safety net” are what the rest of the world call Liberals.

    It is such a shame that the term Liberal got so butchered in the US and is only negatively associated with social safety nets as Americans who are ‘liberals’ (using the global definition), have no term to unite them or party to represent them. In fact, I would argue that if there were such a party, a true Liberal Party, it would as big as the Democratic and Republican parties.