American Consequences - August 2017

that began in the 1990s has morphed into something much more malicious. The titans of Silicon Valley are not seeking converts, they’re hunting political heretics. And unless there is a counter-movement, based on facts and free inquiry, the problem will keep spreading... from boardrooms to mom-and-pop stores on Main Street. There will be a culture of forced groupthink and pressure on government to pass even more federal regulations and laws to make the workplace a “safe space.” The Damore firing has sparked this debate, and it’s high time we all had it. Silicon Valley and its unique culture of progressivism is incredibly influential, and the public should be aware how left wing that enclave overwhelmingly is. Americans tend to think of Google, Facebook (FB), and Amazon (AMZN) as apolitical utilities, but they are corporations run by people with their own views and agendas. George Orwell famously wrote, “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” James Damore told the truth and got fired for it. Whether he is a victim, martyr, or hero will be up to the rest of the country... as will whether we can finally have an adult conversation about politics and free inquiry in the workplace.

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