Did Google Just Choke On Its Woke?

www.investors.com | 8/9/2017 | Staff
Free Speech: A 10-page weekend memo by a former Google engineer called for a rethinking of the company's "extreme and authoritarian" culture of "diversity and inclusion." His reward? He was fired, of course, proving his point.

Autoplay: On | OffIf you need any further proof that what software engineer James Damore said was true it was in the immediate reaction on Monday by Google to his screed. Damore said he had been fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes."

Plea - Individual - Damore - Anyone - Names

In making a plea for being treated as an individual, Damore wasn't ranting, calling anyone names or making claims that couldn't be sustained by simple recourse to a biology text or, even, to personal experience. Even so, his anodyne comments were treated as extreme ideological anathema, and he was instantly banished from the company for making them. Fired.

Be clear on this: Damore was only asking for tolerance of different points of view, including those of conservatives. He described himself as a "classical liberal," which means he believes in reason, tolerance, freedom of conscience and the right of individuals to their own beliefs.

Google - Culture - Workers - Value - Diversity

He was careful to note, too, that he is not inimical to much of what Google's authoritarian culture now imposes on its workers: "I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don't endorse using stereotypes." What he did oppose was the one-size fits-all culture of victimhood and deified diversity that the company, like much of the rest of Silicon Valley's tech culture, forces its employees to adopt.

He didn't demand acquiescence to his own views. He merely asked for an "honest discussion" of the fact that we are not all mere emblems of different victim groups, but rather individuals, and deserve to be treated as such.

Google - Bias - Freedom - Offense - Safety

"Google's political bias has equated freedom from offense with psychological safety, but shaming into silence is...
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