What the furor at Google should make clear  to everyone is the fact
that the social ideology of the political  Left is a massive failure.
"Should make clear."  But it won't,  not to anyone already infected
with that ideology. Because, in our "post  religion" world, ideology
has become a substitute for faith and an  ideology necessarily is believed 
almost as tenaciously as any religious  orthodoxy you can name.
So we get not only an echo chamber effect  within the hallowed walls
of Google but in the wider society at  large.  Just watch the evening news.
Each talking head parrots the Google party  line with  -at most- a
tip of the hat to some one or other point  made in James Damore's essay.
People on the Left are unable to  think some other way, just as libertarians
are unable to think that anything could  possibly be wrong with 
laissez faire economics or "anything goes"  nihilistic philosophy.
What is true is what the ideology says is  true, objectivity
means precisely nothing.
But there is a silver lining: I now realize just how much
I despise Google and hope to see the  implosion of the company.
Washington Examiner
Google's 'tolerance'  requires repression
Michael Barone
August  10, 2017
Would a fair society have exactly the same percentage  of men and women, of 
whites and blacks and Hispanics and Asians, in every line  of work and 
occupational category? If your answer is yes, and you think that any  
from these percentages must necessarily result from oppression, then  you 
qualify for a job at Google.
If not, forget about it. 
In your own life, you may have observed that few occupational categories —  
certainly not that of Google engineers — have such gender and ethnic  
percentages. You probably guessed that this results in part from people with  
different characteristics tending to have different interests, talents, and  
But you're not allowed to say that out loud, as Google  engineer _James 
Damore_ (http://diversitymemo.com/)  did last month in an internally  
circulated ten-page memorandum entitled Google's Ideological Echo Chamber. He  
the conclusions of neuroscientists and psychologists that measurable  
differences between male and female brain structure result in different 
and preferences. 
"The memo was fair and factually accurate," writes  Canadian neuroscientist 
_Deborah Soh_ 
w.theglobeandmail.com&)  in the  Toronto Globe & Mail. "Scientific studies 
have confirmed sex differences in  the brain that lead to differences in our 
interests and behavior." If you  believe in evolution, it's easy to see how 
it could make women more nurturing  and interested in working with people 
and men more aggressive and interested in  working with things. Which they 
tend to be. 
Paradoxically, non-discriminatory societies may see wider  differences. 
"Research has shown that cultures with greater gender equity have  larger sex 
differences when it comes to job preferences," Soh writes, "because  in these 
societies, people are free to choose their occupations based on what  they 
That's apparent in today's medical profession. Fifty  percent of medical 
students are women: equity. But as psychiatrist/blogger _Scott Alexander_ 
points out, male and female M.D.s tend to choose  different specialties: 75 
percent of pediatric residents are women, 72 percent  of radiology residents 
are men. Pediatricians work with people, radiologists  work with things. 
Damore's memorandum became public August 6 when Gizmodo  labeled it an 
"anti-diversity screed." Similarly _inaccurate_ 
6181/?utm_source=twb)  and _slanderous_ 
 characterizations were 
published by the Washington Post,  CNN, Time, The Atlantic, Forbes, The 
Post, Vanity Fair, ABC News, Fox  News, the BBC, NBC News, Fast Company, and 
Slate. "I cannot remember the last  time so many outlets and observers 
mischaracterized so many aspects of a text  everyone possessed," wrote the 
Atlantic's _Conor Friedersdorf_ 
twb) . 
Far from lamenting diversity, Damore called for letting  it flower. He 
criticized Google's diversity programs as counterproductive and  suggested 
alternatives. But he doubted that the tradeoffs required to boost  Google's 
engineer employees from the current 20 percent women to 50 percent  would be 
worth the cost to the business. 
In other words, he rejected the dogma that a fair society  must have gender 
equality and proportionate ethnic representation in every  occupational 
The punishment for heresy is of course excommunication.  Damore was fired 
"Part of building an open, inclusive environment," said  Google's vice 
president "for diversity, integrity and governance," "means  fostering a 
in which those with alternative views, including different  political 
views, feel safe sharing their opinions. But" — key word — "that  discourse 
needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in  our Code 
Conduct, policies and anti-discrimination laws." 
Similarly, Google's CEO said Tuesday, "We strongly  support the right of 
Googlers to express themselves. However" — key word —  "portions of the memo 
violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by  advancing harmful gender 
stereotypes in our workplace." 
George Orwell would recognize this doublespeak. We  totally support free 
speech except when we call it heresy. Tolerance requires  repression.
Ironically, for a company that makes money by  transmitting information, 
Google's position is intellectually incoherent. What  its CEO dismisses as 
"harmful gender stereotypes" are the conclusions, after  years of painstaking 
research, of serious neuroscientists. 
And Google's tacit endorsement of the quasi-religious  dogma that a fair 
society must produce gender balance and proportionate ethnic  representation 
is at war with both experience and logic. 
Defenders of that dogma say that rejecting it would  justify gender and 
ethnic discrimination. But that's exactly wrong. Just follow  James Damore's 
advice: "Treat people as individuals, not just as another member  of their 
The dogma is needed to justify the elaborate apparatus  of gender and 
racial quotas and preferences and the lavish campus and corporate  diversity 
bureaucracies to enforce them and stamp out heresy. As a reliable  transmitter 
of free thought, Google seems headed down the path toward the  Spanish 

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