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Silicon Valley's new political reality

Sam Jayne / Axios

The left-coast has found itself in a war with the alt-right. Tension between mostly progressive Silicon Valley and conservatives who feel singled out and marginalized by it has been bubbling under the surface for some time, but that dynamic has been brought into sharper focus by the response from both sides to the Google diversity memo and the firing of its author, James Damore.

What's happening now: Google — and Silicon Valley as a whole — is facing a rising campaign in what's being seen as a turning point in the online culture wars. The debate has only grown as animosity between the right and the left took a violent turn in Charlottesville on Saturday: