Will James Damore’s protest against Google’s corporate program to impose political correctness have as much impact on the fortunes of feminism and political correctness as did the witch hunt that targeted Tim Hunt? Will the impact last as long as did the reverberations of the troubles encountered by Tim Hunt?
It is not a question of the glass being half-full or half-empty. It is – more realistically – that, to a man dying of thirst, a drop of water in an empty bucket may seem as if it will save his life, while, more objectively, the man better try to find more water, as one or two drops will not save him, while even a slow drip of it may be enough, as long as it will produce millions of drops.
It is not that what James Damore did and does is without value. From a realistic perspective it is of as much value as the attention is that was garnered by Tim Hunt’s plight, and that is very little. One swallow does not make a summer, and ripples of adverse public reactions in opposition to a couple of witch hunts directed against specific men will not cause a reversal of the fortunes of feminism, gender “equality” or political correctness.
We are well on the way to becoming immersed in a sea of political correctness and will, weighted down by the chains of feminist totalitarianism, quite likely drown in it. Let’s keep in mind that,
A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.
—Milton and Rose Friedman,
in Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
Last, but not least, keep in mind that Google’s corporate agenda for imposing equality of outcomes is not limited by the boundaries of its corporate structure. Google’s impact on all of humanity is real and massively far-reaching. It manifests itself through wide-spread and escalating censorship, through constraining what is being made visible and accessible through Google Search and many other tools provided by Google for public use.