Corporations are adopting many of the political positions, and the inclination to stifle dissenting views, of the left. From Jim Goad at takimag.com:
As one of the very few writers whose work resulted in a government-sponsored attempt at censorship, I can say quite confidently that the government is no longer the biggest threat to free expression in America.
It’s the corporations.
One of my countless gripes about the grotesquely empty public display of sneering moral condescension that is the modern left is their continued posturing that they are fighting the power rather than representing it, consciously or otherwise. Conveniently ignoring the legions of discrimination lawyers, human-resources hall monitors, and corporate-diversity rectal inspectors, modern progressives are somehow able to maintain the delusion that “corporations” are by definition right-wing entities.
Of course they are. That must be why Google canned James Damore for daring to suggest the world’s largest company was hopelessly biased in favor of leftists. It also must be why it seems that the only people getting banned from social media or fired from their jobs based on nothing more than their opinions are those who are critical of the left.
I’ve speculated that the left seized the dominant cultural power to destroy someone’s life based merely on their beliefs during some murky point in the mid-1970s when Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz was fired after making a joke about how blacks only want loose shoes, tight pussy, and a warm place to shit. In an American culture that had previously been more conservative, Butz would have been ostracized for talking about vaginas and defecation in the same sentence, but that sort of crassness was no longer the sin—now the transgression was to speak irreverently about blacks.
As the left has gradually accrued power it has grown proportionally more censorious. Donald Trump’s unexpected sucker-punch to the entire ideological and political spectrum only led the leftist thought police to more aggressively hunt and antagonize those they wished to silence. After Trump’s election, even relatively harmless clowns such as Milo Yiannopoulos found themselves banned from Twitter and the subject of full-blown riots from brain-dead neo-Maoist fanatics who refuse to accept honest debate because they wouldn’t last five minutes in an honest debate.
To continue reading: The Corporate War on Free Speech