August, Google senior software engineer James
Damore was fired after he released a memo
revealing the tech giant to be an "ideological echo chamber." He is
the company for gender, racial, and
viewpoint discrimination. A new survey released Friday suggests that
not only do employees at tech companies in Silicon Valley admit
their workplaces are "liberal" or "very liberal," but they admit to
self-censorship on the job -- and conservatives feel less
comfortable expressing their views on the job after Damore's firing.
consensus across the political spectrum that there is a real 'fire'
when it comes to this this issue in tech was surprising," Garrett
Johnson, co-founder of the Lincoln Network, the tech-politics
company that commissioned the survey, told PJ Media. He remarked on
"the liberal bias in tech companies and efforts to silence, to the
extent that even 30 percent of very liberal people are hesitant to
Network survey, taken last December, examined Silicon Valley
employees at Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, Facebook,
Google, Instacart, Intel, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, and Salesforce.
Workers from across the ideological spectrum agreed that their
offices were "liberal" or "very liberal," and many said they could
not "be themselves" at work.
asked "how would you characterize the ideological and cultural norms
in your workplace?" 67 percent of Silicon Valley tech employees went
for "liberal" or "very liberal."
than three-quarters of "very conservative" employees (76 percent)
said their workplaces were left of center, as did most
"conservative" employees (71 percent). Those who identified as
"libertarian" (69 percent) and "moderate" (67 percent) agreed. Even
Silicon Valley employees who called themselves "liberal" (75
percent) and "very liberal" (51 percent) admitted their workplace
was dominated by a left-wing atmosphere.
liberal worker lamented that "there are people who are looking for a
reason to be offended, and any sort of disagreement would make them
wonder if I'm a secret Trump supporter. The idea of 'I agree with
you 90%' is not enough." A moderate/libertarian recalled, "In
numerous conversations, no one ever took the Republican side. The
conversation was always around why Hillary was right."
conservative put it bluntly: "It's a postmodern secularist Silicon
Valley viewpoint. Highly liberal." A moderate agreed, saying, "My
workplace is liberal. And atheist/agnostic."e
asked if they could "truly bring their whole selves to work," most
right-leaning Silicon Valley employees emphatically said they were
"hesitant" to be themselves at the office. A whopping 89 percent of
very right-leaning workers and 74 percent of conservative employees
agreed with the statement, "I am hesitant of being myself at work."
More than two-thirds (69 percent) of libertarians also agreed, as
did half of moderates (50 percent).
of my colleagues will openly mock conservatives, assuming that
everyone within earshot is liberal. Multiple times I’ve had to sit
through cruel mockery of my home state while others nodded and
laughed along," one conservative explained. Another recalled, “After
the election, the head of a department made multiple insinuations we
should fire employees who voted for Trump."
even all Silicon Valley liberals found this atmosphere welcoming.
More than a third of "liberal" employees (36 percent) said they
hesitate to be themselves, and 30 percent of "very liberal" workers
Senior VP of HR, in a company-wide meeting, described the fact that
labor laws prohibit racial discrimination against white employees as
‘idiocy,'" one liberal employee recalled. Another said, “I
witnessed repeated calls from managers and non-managers alike for
people to be fired for the political views they expressed.”
strong conservatives (71 percent), conservatives (64 percent), and
libertarians (66 percent) said the situation involving Damore's
"diversity memo" made them less comfortable sharing their
"ideological viewpoints with colleagues." Even large minorities of
moderates (46 percent) and liberals (30 percent) said the same.
conservative described the incident as "a huge wake-up call." He
added, "Silicon Valley has been for my career left-liberal, but now
it makes me wonder if we've moved from live-and-let-live to an
environment where if you don't go along with the prevailing politics
you're out of a livelihood."
very liberal employees, however, 26 percent said the Damore
situation actually made them "more comfortable" sharing their ideas,
while 14 percent also said they felt "less comfortable" about it.
liberal put it this way: "Hell, Google ain't that liberal of a
place, and even it recognized this guy for being a douchebag.
Were I his line manager or higher in his reporting chain, you bet
your a** I would have fired him."
a third of right-leaning Silicon Valley workers said the ideology of
their workplace gets in the way of their ability to do their jobs.
Sizable minorities of very conservative (47 percent), conservative
(34 percent), and libertarian (30 percent) workers agreed with the
statement, "I feel my ideological views being at odds with my
workplace norms affects my ability to do my best work."
conservative recalled calling in sick after Election Day "in order
to avoid all conversations about the election." Another explained
that "there is oversized internal outrage and support if a leftist
agenda item is 'wronged' by our product, but zero to very little is
done about the mistakes and biases we're responsible for on more
libertarian put it point-blank: "There is a concerted purge of
conservative employees at Apple." Another libertarian recalled, "A
friend at a tech company was nearly terminated when his manager
found out he was a Republican delegate. His manager lied to VPs
about his performance to try to get him fired while telling him that
he was performing well."
moderates (16 percent) and extreme liberals (12 percent) agreed that
ideological differences got in the way of work, while only 2 percent
of those just identifying as "liberal" said so.
surprising number of Silicon Valley employees said they know someone
who either did not pursue a tech career or who left a tech career
due to perceived viewpoint conflicts. While extreme conservatives
(59 percent) were most likely to know someone who rejected tech for
ideological reasons, quite a few conservatives (36 percent) and
libertarians (37 percent) agreed. About a fifth of liberal (21
percent) and very liberal (19 percent) employees reported the same.
have lost multiple talented colleagues who resigned rather than
continue in the face of an increasingly extreme, narrow-minded, and
regressive environment here at Google," one Silicon Valley
libertarian said. "It's terrifying here. A real horror show. Every
day could be my last."
libertarian said, "I refused to consider working for Google after
their reaction to the Damore memo. I no longer consider some friends
of mine who work in the industry people I can trust, after hearing
them publicly discuss their approval of James Damore's firing (as
well as other systematic gender and ethnic issues)."
third libertarian lamented that the "public-facing wing" of the
company proves "shrill and vocal in their radical progressivism."
Due to this, the Silicon Valley employee expressed a fear that the
company "will alienate its narrow user base because of its
uncritical embrace of gender/identity politics."
conservatives might not be surprised at these findings of liberal
bias at companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon. After all, last
August Apple announced a partnership
with the Left-wing smear factory and racket
the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a group known for equating
conservative Christians — and a few reformist Muslims — with the Ku
Klux Klan, labeling them "hate groups." Amazon
excluded a Christian ministry from its
nonprofit program on similarly spurious grounds, and now faces a
the Damore suit revealed a supercharged
embrace of LGBT issues at Google. The Silicon Valley giant
caters to sexual identities like furries and otherkin, and even
hosted a seminar from a "plural being" who sexually identifies
as both "a
yellow-scaled wingless dragonkin" and "an expansive ornate
liberal positions in Silicon Valley may not be surprising, but this
survey helped to make conservative complaints more concrete, and it
also demonstrated that liberals are also uncomfortable with the
assumed right-leaning participants would make this point and was
surprised by the comments offered by left-leaning people who were
willing to call this out," Johnson, co-founder of the Lincoln
Network, told PJ Media. "It provides initial data to prove that most
people are willing to have an honest conversation about this fire,
if given the chance and not silenced by fear of the screaming
mobs on the left or right ends of the spectrum."
blamed leaders at tech companies for "enabling greater tribalization
in our democracy."
Valley needs to seriously reconsider its commitment to a Leftist
agenda, not just for the sake of conservatives, but even for the
liberals who work there.