The Silence of the Lambs

[Posting will be light this week due to travel.]

Last week I wrote

Even though the progs seized control of [Google]’s internal social networks, they’re not a majority or even close to it. Approximate guess: 5% are true believers, another 10-15% are happy to score some cheap cheers by going with the dominant political flow. The rest? Keeping their heads down and staying out of trouble.

Democracies confer legitimacy on the majority, and thus everyone claims to be on the side of the throng. We overestimate the number of our supporters and underestimate that of our enemies.

Yet my statement is reasonable, because: No one at Google talks about Social Justice.

They write about it. You can see holy rolling, conspicuous piety, all over the internal social networks.

But no one talks about. Casually. In the office while waiting for something to compile. At the lunch table. Over a beer during happy hour. At an offsite.

What happens when the majority of a population is filled with zeal for some popular project? It’s the default topic of conversation.

Imagine being in the United States in the year 1942. The most likely thing for anyone to talk about would have been the war. You would have no hesitation whatever using the war as an icebreaker, as something to talk about when your brain ran out of clever things to say.

At the end of 2010, the Giants, the local baseball team which had been terrible for years, made a late season run and did well in the playoffs. Again, everyone talked about the Giants. You could start a conversation by saying “how about that Cody Ross?”

The closest anyone has come to speaking aloud to me about Google’s newfound passion for runaway leftism is when one white male friend referred to it obliquely as “all the stuff that’s been happening lately.”

Is it because sexual harassment is a serious subject? World War II was a serious subject. You could start a little small talk about Midway and have the guy down the lunch counter tell you that his son was killed there while piloting a torpedo bomber.

But people talked about the war just the same. Of course unlike us moderns, they lived in a free society. They did not have an official theology.

They were not afraid all the time.

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