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Tech Companies Defend Diversity against Trump, but They Lie

What tech companies defend, in reality, is enforced conformity—just ask Brendan Eich.

While tech companies defend themselves as the vanguards of progress, investors have stopped believing in their value in the last few days. The Drudge Report posted a story yesterday about how they are losing value. According to Bloomberg,

The stock market’s post-election bifurcation sharpened Monday as technology shares extended their worst performance since the start of the bull market on speculation Donald Trump’s trade and immigration policies will translate into lower earnings.

Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc. led the S&P 500 Information Technology Index down 1.7 percent for the biggest retreat since September. The group stands out as the only industry that normally benefits from a rising economy not to rally on speculation Trump’s policies will stoke domestic growth. Tech stocks in the benchmark equity gauge have slumped 3.1 percent over four days, trailing the S&P 500 Index by 4.2 percentage points, the most since May 2009. Small caps in the Russell 2000 Index surged 1.2 percent to an all-time high.

Conservatives should find this news wonderful. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving hive of scum and villainy. For proof, you need look no further than this NPR All Tech Considered story:

Besides the direct attacks on tech companies — Trump’s protectionist trade policies, threats to impose tariffs and deport millions of immigrants, and his affiliations with groups widely seen as racist all put him at odds with most tech company leaders.

“We try as much as possible to embrace and take advantage of the fact that the diverse perspectives bring better innovation, better ideas, and this campaign very much has at times been against that set of principles,” says Aaron Levie, the CEO of Box, a company that helps businesses securely share and store information.

Levie supported Hillary Clinton, and he says he will continue to work and lobby for what he believes.

“Whether that’s LGBTQ rights, whether that’s having fair immigration policies, whether that’s racial or gender equality issues,” he says, “all of these topics are incredibly pertinent and relevant to building out a technology company and those are the things that we want to ensure are protected and maintained going forward.”

These people claim to value diverse perspectives. That is a lie. Just ask Brendan Eich who was fired from Mozilla for the crime of supporting California’s initiative to define marriage as one man and one woman. The initiative passed in California by the self-styled “liberals” at Mozilla considered voting the wrong way a hate crime.

Philosophically, I actually agree with the tech companies on the economic issues. But culturally they are the real deplorables. I hope Donald Trump sticks to his guns and hurts them badly. And I dearly hope he will actually mention Bendan Eich on Twitter to respond to their sanctimonious hypocrisy. They are just typical blacklisting progressives and they deserve to be publicly humiliated for their pretense to respect diversity while doing all they can to eliminate it.

The Donald Trump victory was a good start, but they deserve more pain. Otherwise, more people like Brendan Eich will be fired and marginalized as tech companies defend DNC orthodoxy.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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