The libertarian engineering sentiment that built Silicon Valley has given way to a PC ethos defined by busybodies and safe spaces. It’s a damn shame.
This is not a simple, “a private company can do whatever it wants” situation. Many of these big tech companies, Google particularly, are huge government contractors. They get piles of taxpayer money and seek to manipulate policy to their ends in Washington DC. And sadly they have become bastions of intolerance and indulge repression in management ranks. The PC Brigades are not only given safe harbor at many Silicon Valley giants, they are given power. And this is dangerous. We should not be subsidizing the thought police. We should not be subsidizing anti-intellectual sensitivity platoons.
(From The Daily Caller)
A class action lawsuit filed on behalf of former Google engineer James Damore and other right-of-center Google employees describes a culture of censorship and discrimination: managers openly discuss blacklists “meant to encourage and coordinate the sabotage of promotions, performance reviews, and employment opportunities for those with conservative viewpoints,” Google employees are pressured to undergo one-sided “Bias Busting” re-education sessions focusing on white male privilege, and employees risk their careers by speaking out against progressive orthodoxy, the lawsuit states. The suit claims that Google illegally discriminates against white male employees as part of the company’s diversity efforts.
Internal messages included in the lawsuit reveal employees openly conspiring against Damore after he shared a memo criticizing the company’s diversity polices and calling for more tolerance of conservative viewpoints. “You know, there are just certain ‘alternative views, including different political views’ which I do not want people to feel safe to share here,” one high-ranking Google employee wrote on a company message chain. Added another employee: “If Google management cares enough about diversity and inclusion, they should, and I urge them to, send a clear message by not only terminating Mr. Damore, but also severely disciplining or terminating those who have expressed support.” Damore was fired shortly afterward.
These people are totalitarians straight up. This isn’t about “diversity”. This is about oppression and suppression of the truth. Shame on Google for letting this seep into its soul.
These totalitarians are nuts and need to be confronted. (Peacefully of course.) They are bullies and they will continue to bully so long as they are tolerated.