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New poll: Right-of-center Silicon Valley workers feel like they are behind enemy lines

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The leading right-of-center technology group in Silicon Valley released its pilot survey of roughly 400 high-tech employees regarding the openness to political diversity in the northern California technology enclave.

 

“This survey is just the starting point for a broader national conversation Lincoln Network is facilitating to improve work environments, which in turn improves company profitability,” said Garrett Johnson, co-founder and executive director of Lincoln Network.

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“By treating employees with tolerance and respecting differing viewpoints, this allows employees to be more fully invested in their team,” Johnson said.

“Most surprising was the consensus across the political spectrum that there is a real ‘fire’ when it comes to this issue in tech,” he told Big League Politics. “Specifically, the liberal bias in tech companies and efforts to silence, to the extent that even 30 percent of very liberal people are hesitant to engage.”

Johnson said the poll shows even left-leaning respondents understand the hostile atmosphere for conservatives in Silicon Valley.

“It provides initial data to prove that most people are open to having 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,” he said.

“Now the question is can leaders at tech companies step up?,” he said.

“It’s going to be difficult because they are hesitant “firefighters”, based on their performance so far, and some would argue they are also arsons when it comes to enabling greater tribalization in our democracy via the platforms they have built,” he said.

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The most disturbing discovery was how Google’s response to James Damore’s “Diversity Memo” has already discouraged openness, according to the poll’s summary.

“Last year, Google condemned and fired Damore, a senior software engineer, after the viral public response to his internally-published memo,” the summary said.

 

Self-portrait of James Damore (Image courtesy of Damore’s Facebook page)

In January, Damore filed a lawsuit against Google claiming that the company discriminates against white males and conservatives.

“Damore is now suing Google for bias. When we asked our survey respondents if Google’s response has made them more or less comfortable sharing ideological viewpoints with colleagues, 47 percent replied: ‘less,'” the poll summary said.

Another finding from the survey was that technology workers that are right-of-center workers felt “less than comfortable” at work: 70 percent of self-identified very conservative respondents, 64 percent of conservatives and 66 percent of libertarians.

(Chart courtesy of Lincoln Network)

Forty-six of self-described moderates said they felt less than comfortable.

Johnson said the hostile atmosphere for conservatives in Silicon Valley was somewhat like the hostility they face on college campuses, but different.

“Somewhat, but there is less organic informal interaction in the workplace because people aren’t forced to live together. Less opportunities for trust to be organically built,” he said.

Moving forward, Johnson said the Lincoln Network is working solutions for conservatives in Silicon Valley. “TBD.”

In the meantime, he said they need to keep to their truth.

“We are working on thoughtful recommendations we can offer. Overall, be authentic. On a spectrum of silence to soapbox, each approach will be unique.”

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San Francisco Dumps Environmentalism, Bans Reusable Bags at Grocery Stores During Coronavirus Pandemic

Environmentalism is thrown by the wayside during a crisis.

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The ultra left-wing city of San Francisco, Calif. is bailing on environmentalism during a time of great crisis, banning the use of reusable plastic bags at grocery stores temporarily due to concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has issued an ordinance preventing city residents from taking reusable items into the public and using them in essential stores. They believe this will make it more difficult for germs to proliferate throughout the city.

“There is no effective treatment or cure yet for the disease, testing ability while improving remains constrained, and San Francisco’s health care system is at ongoing risk of being overwhelmed. For these reasons, it is imperative that San Francisco not only extend the duration of its stay at home order but also further limit essential activities and extend social distancing requirements outside the home,” the ordinance reads.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has not hesitated to shut down civil society in order to combat the spread of coronavirus. She has effectively tossed environmentalism to the wayside, showing that the frequent leftist bugaboo is not actually a pressing concern.

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“I can’t reiterate enough how important it is for all of us to continue to comply, for all of us to continue to be good citizens, to cooperate,” said Breed, who has issued lockdown edicts that last until at least May 3.

In 2007, San Francisco was the first city in America to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. The leftists on the Board of Supervisors enacted this prohibition to satisfy Mother Earth and potentially start a trend throughout the country.

“I am astounded and surprised by the worldwide attention,” Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said at the time, according to the SFGate. “Hopefully, other cities and other states will follow suit.”

The grocery store lobby in the state came out against the regulation at the time, believing that it would accomplish little to help the environment and only serve to frustrate consumers.

“We’re disappointed that the Board of Supervisors is going down this path,” said Kristin Power, who worked as the vice president of government relations for the California Grocers Association.

“It will frustrate recycling efforts and will increase both consumer and retailer costs. There’s also a real concern about the availability and quality of compostable bags,” she added.

By instituting their emergency measures, San Francisco has demonstrated that environmental concerns are not particularly important in the grand scheme of things. These lofty goals are put on the back burner when a real crisis, such as the coronavirus panic, takes precedence.

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