Women's rights and Feminism

The Google memo and real bias


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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