In 1984, George Orwell’s overly optimistic vision of what the future totalitarian progressive state would be, he calls the government agency in charge of propaganda, the Ministry of Truth and the Ministry of Love was the agency whose job it was to terrorize and punish the citizens into believing that truth. In the real world, where things are much worse, instead of just the government, each corporation has now combined those functions into the Human Resources department. They provide you with the loving truth and you had better pay attention when they do.
Last week on one of my posts someone commented his reply to his employer’s corporate “conversation” about anti-black racism in America. To say he gave them the straight dope would be an understatement. He gave them both barrels. And he did this without anonymity. That’s amazingly brave. Recently Cisco had a similar townhall meeting to air opinions about the same topic and when some employees said things like “All Lives Matter Not Just Black Lives Matter” they were promptly fired. LinkedIn had a similar meeting but allowed anonymity and after they received similar answers, they promised to never allow anonymous replies again. Here’s MSN’s article describing these two events. Being Microsoft, the article takes the view that the employees got what they deserved.
Now normally I prefer not to quote people I do not respect but for once I think I’ll use Barack Obama’s favorite phrase. Let’s look at this as a “teachable moment.”
What do we see here? American corporations pretending to encourage open discussion of a divisive position on race relations that the company has taken and when the employees provide nuanced reasonable opinions that oppose the company’s position, they are declared racists and fired.
What should we learn from this? First of all, if an American company says they want your opinion, really what they are telling you is what your opinion must be. Namely, the same opinion as theirs. Period. In fact, what they’re expecting you to do is virtue signal just how much more you believe in something than even the company does. If the company says it’s going to donate a half percent of profits to BLM you should declare that you’re going to donate a full percent or even more of your paycheck to BLM. If you want to keep working at the company the least you are allowed to do is just stay silent about your true opinion. And depending on how “woke” the company is, even that may get you fired.
Secondly, corporate America has knuckled under either willingly or unwillingly to the progressive agenda, lock, stock and barrel. Unless you happen to be a protected class, you are at best a second-class citizen and most likely someone they would rather see leave.
And finally, the way this should get fixed is by a Justice Department investigation that prosecutes one of these companies for civil rights violations at a monetary level that puts the fear of God in every board room in the country. And the only way that happens is if the President, the DOJ and the Supreme Court are all on our side and want us to be free citizens again. Whether that is likely to happen sooner or later is hard to say.
But I had a funny idea, call it a thought experiment. Since the BLM/Antifa model of direct action is apparently perfectly acceptable to the governments of the various states involved would it be equally okay if a mostly peaceful protest showed up in Mountain View, California and burned Google’s headquarters to the ground. Or maybe CNN or The New York Times or even Harvard University. Nothing violent or wrong just a mostly peaceful protest where people took direct action to let the country at large know that they were unhappy. Now, my guess is that the executive office of every big corporation in America would have a very long meeting about that occurrence but I also guess there wouldn’t be any Human Resources townhall about it. I’ll bet they won’t state their opinion at all. But they may stop telling Americans what they have to believe in order to work at their company. Just a thought.