Damore’s and Gudeman’s lawsuit against Google reveals an Orwellian world in which intolerance = tolerance and intellectual diversity = thought violence.
One of the things that made George Orwell such an extraordinarily good writer was that he put clever, memorable phrases in the mouths of tyrants to expose the vast hypocrisy underlying totalitarian thought, all of it expressed through folding, spindling and mutilating language:
“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
When not writing in character for his novels, Orwell’s essays described what totalitarian “thought leaders” were doing and the consequences flowing from their linguistic manipulation and misleading slogans:
“Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
“Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
I won’t belabor the point. You get the drift.
I mention Orwell because Google, a company that has a disproportionate hold on the flow of information in America and that willingly misrepresents and censors information caught in its net, is a company that has achieved Orwellian perfection among its upper echelon employees. This is not guesswork on my part. I know this because I took the time to read the 161-page complaint that James Damore and David Gudeman filed against Google claiming workplace discrimination against them based upon race, gender, and diversity of thought.
The complaint does not make for pretty reading. That’s not the fault of the attorneys who wrote it. For attorneys, they did a very good job.
The reason it is such a disturbing document is because it’s very clear that a significant majority of Google’s upper management — and it goes without saying that these employees are all products of modern academia — are hard Leftists and vigorous Social Justice Warriors. They subscribe enthusiastically to a world that uses censorship in the name of “freedom,” “peace,” and “knowledge.” [Read more…]