The Big Brother nightmare described in George Orwell’s “1984” is more likely to come from big technology than it is big government.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson spoke to James Damore, a former Google employee, about a class action lawsuit he brought against the tech giant that had the host declaring that the biggest threat to individual freedom was not big government but big corporations like Google.
“If you’re conservative, it might be difficult to get your head around what is happening in this country, so much has changed. But here’s the bottom line, the federal government is no longer the main threat to your privacy and to your freedoms, you’ve grown up thinking that, it’s no longer true,” Carlson said on Tuesday. “Big corporations are the main threat to your freedom and your privacy. The government doesn’t own your private emails — Google does.”
“Federal employees can’t be fired for their political views, private sector employees are all the time. The Trump administration can’t end your ability to publicly communicate your ideas, Twitter and Facebook can do that and they do it all the time. The Orwellian future is increasingly the Orwellian present and tech barons are becoming our new commissars, liberals who once stood up for free expression and opposition to concentrations of corporate power have been thoroughly co-opted, they’re getting rich from it,” he said.
Damore was fired for a memo he wrote in which he said “distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership.”
In his lawsuit against Google, Damore alleges that the company has a bias against white people and, in particular, white men.
The lawsuit, filed in Santa Clara, California, says that Damore, and others who joined the lawsuit, were “ostracised, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males.”
The tech giant even paid bonuses to employees who attacked Damore’s character after he was fired, Carlson said.
“Google seemed to feel the need to vilify you after you got fired — to discredit you, to attack your character, and to encourage others to do the same. That seems Stalinist,” he said.
The lawsuit claimed that Google’s hiring practices employ illegal means to meet quotas of minority and women hiring.
“Google’s management goes to extreme – and illegal – lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race and/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors, to the detriment of Caucasian and male employees,” it said.
Techcrunch described the lawsuit:
The lawsuit, filed by Dhillon Law Group, says it aims to represent all employees of Google who’ve been discriminated against due to their “perceived conservative political views by Google,” due to “their male gender by Google” and “due to their Caucasian race by Google.”
More specifically, it accuses Google of singling out, mistreating and systematically punishing and terminating employees who “expressed views deviating from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to Google’s employment policies and its business, such as ‘diversity’ hiring policies, ‘bias sensitivity’ or ‘social justice’…”
Damore isn’t holding back any punches here. According to his filing, Google employs “illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates, and openly shames managers of business units who fail to meet their quotas—in the process, openly denigrating male and Caucasian employees as less favored than others.”
The suit also claims that the “numerical presence of women celebrated at Google” was based “solely due to their gender” while the “presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with ‘boos’ during companywide weekly meetings.”