The Google Revolutionary Brigade has reportedly offed an anonymous employee who had the temerity to pen a 10-page memorandum suggesting that Google’s diversity policies were based on bad science and worse political bias. Instead of responding to the memo with an explanation of why the employee was wrong, or pointing out that the employee should have addressed his concerns through proper channels, or pointing to a viewpoint-free standard of behavior that this employee violated, Google simply offed the guy.
According to Bloomberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that the post had 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.”
“Not OK” is code for “take him out to the stake at dawn and light a fire.”
Here’s the problem: Pichai’s statement isn’t an accurate depiction of the memo. At no point did the memo author claim that women working at Google were somehow less than men; he suggested that disparity in hiring and pay could be due not to discrimination, but to differences, on average, between men and women. That was not a castigation of any individual women.
James Damore, the author of the memo, told Bloomberg he had indeed been fired on grounds of “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” Which is weird, since gender stereotypes are the basis for Google’s “diversity policy,” which suggests that more women must be hired in order to enrich the workplace. If men and women are identical, no such diversity policy would be necessary or praiseworthy.
All of this proves that Damore was absolutely right that Google has a blindered view of politics that hinders their capacity to engage in business. Google has been accused in the past of biasing search results toward the Left, and they’ve long been accused of promoting political leftism as opposed to a free and open diversity of thought.
Google is a private corporation; they have every right to do what they want. But if dissenting from the company political line at a supposedly non-political company is enough to get James Damore and Brendan Eich of Mozilla fired, polarization of our corporate culture is only going to get worse. And that polarization will one day lead to completely parallel worlds for Left and Right that will exacerbate differences to the point of open conflict, as it has on college campuses.