George Orwell once wrote: “The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” You can see this plainly unfolding in society today: if you dare commit the societal offense of independent thought, be prepared to suffer the consequences. The penalties can include unemployment, a sullied reputation, and a life shattered.
Google’s Ministry of Truth – er, that is Diversity, Integrity & Governance – was displeased with software engineer James Danmore, who penned the now-viral ten-page memo entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” on a company forum on Friday night. Google quickly rid itself of Mr. Danmore’s dangerous ideas – so much for white male privilege.
Despite the outrage crowd decrying Damore’s memo as sexist and insulting, it was rife with facts and logic – something the iniquitous social justice mob can’t stand. Damore even makes it clear at the very beginning of his memo that he disapproves of sexism:
I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem.
He proceeded to make a series of points, utilizing studies and research, that note two important things: Google’s corporate culture is one of authoritarian silencing and men and women are, on average, different – which could explain why there isn’t a 50% representation in tech and leadership. He also highlights that discrimination should never be accepted:
Discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business.
Moreover, he dared to defend unpopular – that is, conservative – ideas by urging the company to “stop alienating conservatives” and “confront Google’s biases.”
Ultimately, the software engineer’s conclusion was this: treat people as individuals, maintain a meritocracy, women are different from men, and Google needs to modify its corporate structure. This is just plain common sense, correct?
His premise of women in tech can be condensed into this illustration:
— lauren (@LilMissRightie) August 7, 2017
The tech behemoth’s first step was to respond to his memo. Danielle Brown, Google’s new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance, wrote on Monday night:
Many of you have read an internal document shared by someone in our engineering organization, expressing views on the natural abilities and characteristics of different genders, as well as whether one can speak freely of these things at Google. And like many of you, I found that it advanced incorrect assumptions about gender. I’m not going to link to it here as it’s not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages.
Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate. We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and we’ll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul. As Ari Balogh said in his internal G+ post, “Building an open, inclusive environment is core to who we are, and the right thing to do. ‘Nuff said. “
For a company that has primarily white and Asian males on its staff, the hypocrisy is hilarious.
The next step was to fire Damore. According to Bloomberg, CEO Sundar Pichai gave Damore the pink slip for ostensibly “perpetuating gender stereotypes”:
[He violated] the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace. To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.
In addition, the salivating and fatuous Twitter outrage mob went after the engineer, many even confessing that they would assault him if he were their co-worker. Here are some of the Twitter replies:
Why bother having an argument when you can just violently attack people for having a different opinion?
It's progressive! 😀 pic.twitter.com/A5HZWwxF2i
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 8, 2017
James Damore is the Google engineer who wrote the meritocracy/accept diversity of ideas memo. He's being strung up. pic.twitter.com/1rVsW3Jddm
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 7, 2017
Ah yes, because free speech= inherently "nazi."
You low IQ moron. https://t.co/qPt9i2itu0
— Gab (@getongab) August 8, 2017
Fighting for free speech is apparently Nazism in the leftist mind.
All of this, whether by Google or by the Twitterati, confirms one thing: anyone who is outraged did not read the memo. They simply heard about it from someone on Facebook or read about it on BuzzFeed.
Let’s be honest: Google is a private corporation. If Google wishes to quash conservative viewpoints at its offices or on its search engine, then it can do so. If Google wishes to fire employees because they swayed from Groupthink, then it can do so. If Google wishes to maintain a corporate culture that fuses Animal Farm and 1984 together, then it can do so.
But Google can’t prevent the free market, common sense, or logic from fighting back. The multi-billion-dollar corporation’s actions have already inspired an unforeseen backlash. A wide array of hashtags is forming on Twitter: #JeSuisJamesDamore, #IStandWithJamesDamore, and #GoogleManifesto are just a few.
The market is gradually responding to Google’s diversity bullying. Those disgusted by the website are encouraging others to use search engine alternatives, such as Duck Duck Go and Bing, and to find video substitutes, like Vid.me or Dailymotion.
Mike Cernovich, a prominent conservative journalist and commentator, is urging the Department of Justice to subpoena each tech firm for their political party registration.
Google and the rest of Silicon Valley may be the paradise of the leftist mentality, but if the company’s bottom line were to take a hit, even in the slightest, then it may alter its course. (Alphabet shares are down 0.20% at the start of Monday’s trading session.)
It appears that many employees are in agreement with Damore, or, at the very least, agree that the memo should have been shared. What happens when more Google staffers start veering away from being told what to think? Is there going to be a great purge similar to what is happening to conservatives on YouTube this year? According to an internal mailing list survey, more than one-third of employee respondents concurred with the sentiments behind the memo, and around 12% were “neutral.” Although Google may have preferred it be tossed into the Memory Hole, the same survey found that more than half disagreed with the statement, “The document is harmful and shouldn’t have bene [sic] shared.”
Here are the results:
People don't seem to realize that internal backlash against James Damore isn't universal. Attached survey is from a Google mailing list. pic.twitter.com/i0vwlnqno7
— Sonya 🌐 Mann (@sonyaellenmann) August 8, 2017
It seems that there are plenty more James Damores and Winston Smiths than Google would like. At least some tech firms and media organizations aren’t terrified of hiring independent-thinking professionals. Gab and WikiLeaks announced that they want to hire Damore. Julian Assange is right: “Censorship is for losers.”