The American Conservative 
Google is Being Evil After  all 
By: Rod Dreher 
August 8, 2017 
Have  you been following this insane story out of Google? James Damore, a 
senior  engineer at the company, unwisely sent out on an internal forum a 
detailed memo  criticizing what he calls the Party’s _“Google’s Ideological 
Echo Chamber.”_ (  If you follow that link, you can 
read  the entire memo. Here is the memo’s summary: 
    *   Google’s  political bias has equated the freedom from offense with 
psychological safety,  but shaming into silence is the antithesis of 
psychological safety. 
    *   This  silencing has created an ideological echo chamber where some 
ideas are too  sacred to be honestly discussed. 
    *   The  lack of discussion fosters the most extreme and authoritarian 
elements of this  ideology. 
    *   Extreme:  all disparities in representation are due to oppression 
    *   Authoritarian:  we should discriminate to correct for this 
    *   Differences  in distributions of traits between men and women may 
in part explain why we  don’t have 50% representation of women in tech and 
    *   Discrimination  to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, 
and bad for  business.
It’s  a long memo, so read the whole thing if you have time. Here are some 
key  passages: 
Neither  side [left or right] is 100% correct and both viewpoints are 
necessary for a  functioning society or, in this case, company. A company too 
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 
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 
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.
We  all have biases and use motivated reasoning to dismiss ideas that run 
counter  to our internal values. Just as some on the Right deny science that 
runs  counter to the “God > humans > environment” hierarchy (e.g., 
evolution  and climate change) the Left tends to deny science concerning 
differences between people (e.g., IQ [8] and sex differences). Thankfully,  
climate scientists and evolutionary biologists generally aren’t on the 
right.  Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of humanities and social 
scientists  learn left (about 95%), which creates enormous confirmation bias, 
changes  what’s being studied, and maintains myths like social constructionism 
and the  gender wage gap [9]. Google’s left leaning makes us blind to this 
bias and  uncritical of its results, which we’re using to justify highly 
politicized  programs. 
In  addition to the Left’s affinity for those it sees as weak, humans are  
generally biased towards protecting females. As mentioned before, this 
likely  evolved because males are biologically disposable and because women are 
generally more cooperative and areeable than men. We have extensive 
government  and Google programs, fields of study, and legal and social norms to 
protect  women, but when a man complains about a gender issue issue affecting 
men, he’s  labelled as a misogynist and whiner [10]. Nearly every difference 
between men  and women is interpreted as a form of women’s oppression. As 
with many things  in life, gender differences are often a case of “grass being 
greener on the  other side”; unfortunately, taxpayer and Google money is 
spent to water only  one side of the lawn. 
The  same compassion for those seen as weak creates political correctness 
[11],  which constrains discourse and is complacent to the extremely 
sensitive  PC-authoritarians that use violence and shaming to advance their 
While  Google hasn’t harbored the violent leftists protests that we’re 
seeing at  universities, the frequent shaming in TGIF and in our culture has 
created the  same silence, psychologically unsafe environment.
_Read the whole thing._ (  
Naturally _Google’s  CEO fired Damore,_ 
  a senior  software 
engineer, while at the same time saying that Google ought to be a place  
where people feel free to speak their mind. He writes: 
At  the same time, there are co-workers who are questioning whether they 
can  safely express their views in the workplace (especially those with a 
minority  viewpoint). They too feel under threat, and that is also not  OK.
Remember  that this guy, Sundar Pichai, fired Damore. Incredible. But this 
is how  diversocrats do it. They deny that they do what they’re obviously 
The  Social Justice Warriors within the company are thrilled with  this: 
Note  especially this tweet, since deleted: 
Which  just goes to validate a big chunk of James Damore’s complaint! Can 
you imagine  working for a company whose managers comb through your e-mail 
traffic looking  for signs of ideological crimethink, and blacklist you? Their 
word: “blacklist”.  [UPDATE: Readers point out that Winter is  not saying 
he goes through employee e-mails, but rather through public  comments on 
Google’s internal communications platforms. Still, that’s cold  comfort. — RD] 
Who  would want to work in a place where the management thinks its virtuous 
to  empower commissars to denounce and punish those within who happen to 
say the  “wrong” thing? Damore should consider himself lucky. 
This  person is not a Google employee, but it reveals a mindset on the  
_It  turns out that Damore is a really smart guy._ 
(  Before 
joining Google, he was 
working  on (or perhaps had completed; it’s unclear) _a PhD in biology  at 
Harvard_ ( . Clearly 
he must be sent to the rice paddies for  re-education. 
Earlier  this year, when asked at the company’s shareholder meeting if 
Google was  welcoming to conservatives in its employee ranks, Eric Schmidt, who 
heads  Google’s parent company, Alphabet, _said_ 
-memo) : 
“The  company was founded on the principles of freedom of expression, 
diversity,  inclusiveness and science-based thinking. You will also find that 
of the  other companies in our industry agree with us.”
This  is cant. If Google really believes in “science-based thinking,” it 
should take  Damore’s argument seriously. Google’s own internal numbers, 
which it posts  publicly, says that _80 percent of its tech staff is  male_ 
(  (and by the way, 92 percent is either 
white or Asian, as is 91  percent of the overall workforce). Is this a matter 
systematic discrimination  against women? If so, eliminate it. But is this 
actually a matter of men  gravitating to this kind of work, and, in general, 
being more interested in it,  and capable of it? If so, then the assumption 
that any and every disproportion  in gender balance of a particular is 
evidence of unjust discrimination is itself  unjust, because science says  so.  
But  you can’t ask that question at Google, according to James Damore. Who 
was fired  for asking that question. So much for “science-based thinking” 
and “freedom of  expression” at Google. 
_Maybe  Lena Dunham should apply for a job at Google. _ 
rican-airlines-cant-substantiate-her-story/)  She tweeted to  American Ai
rlines that she overheard two of the company’s employees making  “transphobic”
 comments in an airline terminal the other day. AA could not  confirm the 
tattletale allegations, and it emerged that Dunham wasn’t even in  the 
American Airlines terminal. Yet she continues to stick by “my truth.” But  see, 
Donald Trump is the one guilty of living in a “post-truth” world. 
What’s  happening at Google is an example of the workplace environment many 
conservative  and religious people face every day at the hands of 
progressive bigots.  “Diversity” is an Orwellian term that means “uniformity of 
progressive thought”  — or else. It is now crystal clear that if you are a 
conservative, or a male of  any political belief, you will be discriminated 
against at Google. Google is a  hostile workplace to people like you — even 
though it depends on your labor for  its success. 
In _The  Benedict Option_ 
F8&reviewerType=all_reviews&sortBy=recent#R2DZKXPNC1E0X0) , I wrote about 
the consequences of this for orthodox  Christians, and how these trends 
within corporate America will make many  workplaces miserable for believers. In 
his forthcoming book _The  Once And Future Liberal_ 
2192958&sr=8-1&keywords=the+once+and+future+liberal) , the Columbia 
University professor Mark Lilla,  a self-described liberal, writes critically 
of “
identity liberals”: 
It  got liberals into the habit of treating every issue as one of 
inviolable  right, leaving no room for negotiation, and inevitably cast 
opponents as  
immoral monsters, rather than simply as fellow citizens with different 
views.  And it also relieved liberals of the patient work of finding out where 
people  stand, trying to persuade them, and building a social consensus, 
which is the  most secure foundation for any social policy. Liberals’ 
approach  created a large opening for the Republicans to claim that they 
were the true  representatives of the demos, which the Democrats  represented 
a caste of high priests. And the image remains in the public  mind.
Americans  are a strange breed. we love to preach, and we hate being 
preached at. In one  hemisphere of our brains the sermons of Cotton Mather run 
an infinite loop;  in the other we hear the echo of Mark Twain’s laughter. 
When the Twain side is  napping the Mather side undergoes a Great Awakening. 
Surges of fevered  fanaticism come over us, all sense of proportion is lost, 
and everything seems  of an unbearable moral urgency. Repent, America, 
repent  now! The country is undergoing such an Awakening at this very moment  
concerning race and gender, which is why the rhetoric being generated sounds  
evangelical rather than political. That one now hears the word woke 
everywhere  is a giveaway that spiritual conversion, not political agreement, 
is the 
 demand. Relentless speech surveillance, the protection of virgin ears, the 
 inflation of venial sins into mortal ones, the banning of preachers of 
unclean  ideas — all these campus identity follies have their precedents in 
American  revivalist religion. Mr. Twain might have found it amusing but every 
opinion  poll shows that the vast majority of Americans do not.
Lilla  writes all this as part of an urgently felt need to shake his own 
side awake  from what it’s doing to itself with identity politics. What Google 
did to James  Damore, and why Google did it, no doubt made some new Trump 
voters, or at least  Republicans. Why should men like Damore (and the women 
who are their wives,  mothers, or siblings) vote for a party whose ideology 
justifies discrimination  against people like them as virtue? 
Look  at what Google has done, and look at the reaction on social media 
from those who  support Damore’s firing. It’s a heretic hunt. Consider what it 
must be like at  Google this morning, knowing that managers can and do go 
through your e-mail and  keep a blacklist blocking your advance within the 
company because they conclude  that you hold the wrong opinions — and you 
never know about it. They make  decisions affecting your career based on things 
they’ve read in your private  e-mail, and never give you the opportunity to 
defend yourself. Anyone within the  company who expressed sympathy for 
Damore on e-mail is now on notice that Collin  Winter will not work with them. 
And anyone who wishes to curry favor with Collin  Winter knows how to suck up 
And  a broader lesson here: if somebody within the company is blocking your 
advance  within Google, you can get rid of them by denouncing them to Human 
Resources as  “anti-diversity”. 
Eventually  reality will catch up with Google, as it caught up with the 
Soviet Union. An  ideology based on a false view of the world, one that 
punishes capable people  and rewards the ideologically pure, cannot succeed in 
long run. But a lot of  people’s careers will be ruined before this 
left-wing McCarthyism runs its  course. 
The reason  I doubt that the political left will take Lilla’s commonsense 
advice is  that identity politics is its  religion. The left tells itself 
that it favors “science-minded  thinking,” free speech, and fairness, but this 
debacle at Google shows what a  sham that all is. But you know, it was 
right there in front of us all along.  Google’s corporate slogan is, “Don’t be 
evil.” Just like a church. The James  Damores of the world aren’t just 
wrong — they’re evil. You cannot reason with  evil; you can only destroy it. 
No  one expected the Google Inquisition. The proles inside the company won’
t make  that mistake again.

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