Women's rights and Feminism

The Google memo and real bias

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Les Hearn

James Damore, the recently (and perhaps unjustly) fired Google employee, criticised in an online memo what he sees as the “left bias” of Google which has created a “politically correct monoculture” which “shames dissenters into silence”.1 This left bias translates as “Compassion for the weak; disparities are due to injustices; humans are inherently cooperative; change is good (unstable); open; idealist.” A right bias would hold views such as “Respect for the strong/authority; disparities are natural and just; humans are inherently competitive; change is dangerous; closed; pragmatic.”

There is bias in Google, and in the job world in general, but it’s against women and minorities, not against white men.

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