I'm surprised that there has been no thread on the firing of James Damore, the Google employee, for expressing mildly controversial opinions, because I view incidents such as that one as interrelated with the events in Charlottesville. Why? Simple really. For over a decade now, there has been an attempt to harass, to silence, to intimidate, to fire, and to eliminate dissenting viewpoints from the so-called "marketplace of ideas". It started sometime around the lead up to the Iraq War with the Dixie Chicks, quickly escalated to the universities, and now continues to migrate into almost every area of our lives. Predictably, this has been a complete and abyssal failure. Rather than winning debates on the merits, these tactics have only radicalized certain segments of the population, in particular young white males like these idiots in Charlottesville.
James Damore, the author of the Google "manifesto", doesn't particularly strike me as a white nationalist radical, but he was all but portrayed as one in the media this past week, and was subsequently fired. If even honest attempts to debate are met with the intent to destroy one's livelihood, is it really a surprise that this would breed hostility, anger, and radicalism?
Sadly, I've seen little to no attempt by the hard left, which is basically the entire Democratic party these days, to come to grips with their complete intolerance for dissent. Having won the culture war, they've decided to shoot the survivors. For instance, it wasn't enough to shutter a business, a $135K fine HAD to follow for a family with several kids to feed. http://www.oregonlive.com/business/inde ... orego.html"The owners of a shuttered Gresham bakery must pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for refusing to make them a wedding cake, the state's top labor official said Thursday.
State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay the women for emotional and mental suffering that resulted from the denial of service. The Kleins had cited their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage in refusing to make the cake."
If rather than using debates and words to settle differences we are now to use blunt force and the ruining of people's livelihoods, then certain unsavory elements of the country will use violence in response. And sadly, I don't expect it to get better - I've seen nothing to suggest otherwise. What has not been acknowledged is that we are actually in the midst of a cold Civil War. Do you think this is exaggeration? Consider:
No he was a Trump voter, and he hasn't a single racist bone in his body.
100.00%, every single
Trump voter, without exception, knowingly voted for a man who had said horribly racist things and who had openly courted Neo-Nazis.
That means that every single
Trump voter is a racist. No exceptions. #YesAllTrumpers
Sorry if that hurts your feelings (no I'm not), but I just don't care about your feelings.
Here we have someone I'm sure would describe themselves as a "moderate" Democrat declaring that EVERY SINGLE PERSON that voted for Trump is a racist without exception. In other words, nearly half the country. I don't really see how this cycle ends without more violence. When the country decides it is ready to settle its differences with words and debates, then things will cool down. But I don't see that day on the horizon anytime soon, so in the meantime, the violence will continue.
I am not a Trump voter and am happy to condemn this incident, but what does difference does it make? There will be more like it to follow. As long as both sides continue to believe they have a monopoly on reason and virtue, and believe that their political opponents are all evil, nothing will change. When even educated, supposedly "sophisticated" people like Doc fall into the same traps as some redneck yahoos do, it's hard to feel optimistic. Humans are a tribal bunch and social media only encourages further tribalism.