Drama unfolded this weekend as news of ideological dissent leaked at Google. But first a little context. In case you haven’t noticed, social justice group think has infected Silicon Valley. No really, it’s bad (see Google, Facebook Restrict ‘Fake’ News Sites. After Hillary’s Defeat… and SEXISM? Whiny Female Engineers Accuse Facebook of ‘Gender Bias’). Not everyone is a fan. Apparently a fed up Google employee (James Damore) stepped out of the hive and penned an anti-SJW memo. His tech overlords were none too happy about it.
Predictably, “reasonable” leftists are out in force today ready to draw blood. There are buckets of rage to be had, but we’ll get to that part later. The memo itself turned out to be rather rational and centrist. The author even went out of his way to make sure it wasn’t taken as sexist, and to take jabs at conservatives as well.
Neither side is 100% correct and both viewpoints are necessary for a functioning society or, in this case, company. A company too far to the right may be slow to react, overly hierarchical, and untrusting of others. In contrast, a company too far to the left will constantly be changing (deprecating much loved services), over diversify its interests (ignoring or being ashamed of its core business), and overly trust its employees and competitors.
Only facts and reason can shed light on these biases, but when it comes to diversity and inclusion, Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence. This silence removes any checks against encroaching extremist and authoritarian policies. For the rest of this document, I’ll concentrate on the extreme stance that all differences in outcome are due to differential treatment and the authoritarian element that’s required to actually discriminate to create equal representation.
You can imagine the left’s reaction.
You’d think a search engine company would be happy to share in such objective discussions. But then again, this is the same Google who’s currently working with leaders around the globe to censor the internet.
Anyway, here’s a bunch of OUTRAGED! responses from people who didn’t actually read the manifesto.
Google manifesto in a nutshell:
"Women are inferior to men. Oh hang on don't overreact I just want to debate why won't you debate me?"
— Beth Elderkin (@BethElderkin) August 6, 2017
Google Manifesto is every financially secure, smart, smiling white dude at parties/workp who thinks not making racist jokes is "censorship"
— Tauriq Moosa (@tauriqmoosa) August 6, 2017
Guy who can't work if there's a naked shoulder in the office, says women don't have the mental discipline for engineering. #GoogleManifesto
— Bits (@Bitwise_XOR) August 6, 2017
When You’re Accustomed to Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression. #GoogleManifesto
— LisaSea (@LisaSeaFL) August 6, 2017
Man in tech: *10 pages on women as biologically bad for tech*
Others: "I wonder why women feel uncomfortable in tech"#GoogleManifesto
— Lexi G (@galantlex) August 6, 2017
And then there’s this:
— Casual John Barbee (@HelloJohnBarbee) August 7, 2017
The left, including his coworkers and peers, has wasted no time tarring and feathering this guy as a neckbearded Reddit troll. But in reality? James Damore boasts a credible record. He has a PhD from Harvard and has been published in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Twice. You might say he knows a thing or two about a thing or two. For further insight as to what kind of person this is, also maybe actually read the memo.
Of course, encouraging liberal diaper wads to read is clearly asking too much of them. Their response has been to lob accusations first and be reasonable never. The official Google statement repudiating him acts as though he advocated for mass murder of handicaps.
The moral of the story? Super duper don’t do this. I wish I were kidding. If you work in tech – or any industry the left has in its clutches – speak at the risk of a lost job and marred reputation. In the world of leftism, one can be right or one can be gainfully employed. Conform or be destroyed.