Have supposed liberals become the most illiberal of all?
The latest fracas happened at Google. An employee published a note arguing that women and men had different interests and capabilities and that this may account for some of the differences seen in male/female employment in tech companies. The employee has been dismissed.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s Chief Executive, opined that ‘weeding out discrimination was more important that taking a permissive approach to free speech.’ Change ‘discrimination’ to ‘political subversion’ and those words could have come out of the mouths of Presidents Erdogan, Putin or Maduro.
There is much in the memo that one can disagree with. Some of it seems plain stupid (just my opinion). But the suppression of freedom of expression and censorship through enforced political correctness is becoming a hallmark of many who still pretend to be liberals. This is also becoming the norm at academic institutions where speakers with views that do not fit with certain political views are now routinely barred from speaking.
The liberal mantra used to be that while I disagree with what you have to say, I will defend to the death your right to say it. That, it seems, is now a long dead perspective.
Not to mention the hypocrisy and double standards. Under the umbrella of free speech, liberals defended the publication of cartoons that offended some Muslims. But publish anything that might offend or disagree with their own views and perspectives and there is hell to pay. Even political parties that claim to be liberal now suffocate the expression of alternative views.
Maybe liberalism is dead after all and we are headed towards pseudo-liberal authoritarianism with its own thought police and its own intolerance of anyone or anything that might have a different viewpoint.
I know that it’s a futile gesture. But as from today, I have changed my default search engine from Google to Bing.
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