I have some experience with the Silicon Valley culture. It is a place where the PC indoctrinated go to make a living. It was in San Francisco that for some reason the waiter had to give me the provenance of the sea bass I ordered. “It was sustainably netted” he assured me. I told him I just wanted to know whether it was good. It was in San Fransisco that a junior copy editor, whom I’d encouraged, advised me that using the term “raping the earth” was offensive. I explained that it wasn’t and that it was ridiculous to make such an assertion. It was in San Fransisco that I picked up said junior editor from a multi-million dollar home on the crest of a ridge in the city on the way to a company outing.
It’s a privileged place, and it is a place that seems to have lost some of its, we’ll say, “guts.” This is not the San Francisco of Ken Kesey, the Grateful Dead, and Palo Alto engineers working on technologies in their garages. No that Bay Area died long ago. Now, that wild west spirit, the spirit that initially attracted people like the Beats, gays, cutting edge inventors, and later hippies, has been crushed, at least in very large part. This is what we see in this report from the New York Times. Horse sense has left Silicon Valley for good (?) and has been replaced by the religion of political correctness. Where an accusation of sexual assault from 36 years ago, that can’t be corroborated in any way, is enough in the eyes of some to deny the appointment of a Supreme Court nominee. Where merely supporting one’s lifelong friend through a period of great trial is enough for people all over Facebook to clutch their pearls. “Well, I just, can’t, even…” (Don’t forget the vocal fry.)
Totalitarianism comes in many forms and sometimes it comes from politically correct mean girls. In fact it all too often does these days in this country.
(From The New York Times)
A day earlier, Mr. Kaplan had sat behind his friend, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, when the judge testified in Congress about allegations he had sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in high school. Mr. Kaplan’s surprise appearance prompted anger and shock among many Facebook employees, some of whom said they took his action as a tacit show of support for Judge Kavanaugh — as if it were an endorsement from Facebook itself.