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Why Google is right, and you should be happy

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Conservatives should take yesterday’s firing by Google of its programmer James Damore as a needed wake-up call, but in more ways than one.

The incident is already being used as evidence of corporate political intolerance. Maybe it is. But that misses several other points, all of which are much more important.

First of all, I will second (or third) the sentiment expressed this morning by both our editor Steve Berman (in The Resurgent) and National Review’s David French, that businesses have the right to fire people without running afoul of the First Amendment.

That’s more important than you realize. Imagine what would happen if businesses could not fire employees for expressing sentiments to colleagues or to customers that were harmful, say, to the company’s bottom line.

What if you ran a business and discovered that some of your workers were outspoken Marxists? And what if the performance of those workers indicated they were subtly undermining or sabotaging performance? What then? Would you be able to fire them?

Or would their political leanings — overtly hostile to the success of your company — give them “safe harbor” from a pink slip?

Would you be forced to retain them?

And how would their hardworking colleagues respond? Can you imagine how destructive these hostile workers would be to morale?

There’s more. The Google story should remind us that oversharing is, for the most part, harmful and risky. We as a society have lost our sense of (and perhaps Millennials have never been taught) boundaries. The workplace is not our home, our co-workers are not our friends — indeed, they are competitors in the same sense as a reality show competition — and our employers are not surrogate parents.

Most of all, we need to learn and remember that we work as employees for the benefit of the employer, not the other way around. We can survive and many can prosper by aligning their interests with the corporate interest; once those interests diverge, the relationship is immediately endangered.

This is not heartless or cruel. It is economically optimal. It explains companies’ difficulties in employee retention.

As for workplace discourse, we must learn that work is not home. Not even if we spend most of our waking hours in the office.

Conservatives’ problems don’t stem only from corporate managments’ ideological rigidity or a prevailing pressure (not necessarily endorsed) to conform.

Primarily, these problems are self-induced. Conservatives and indeed all independent minded thinkers — classic liberals — must now add emotional maturity to the mix.

We must realize that the workplace is not a safe space. Not for anyone, really, but not for conservatives and not for those who wish to be open about their thoughts.

The problem, then, lies in our wrong approach to work. We have made the mistake of thinking that we are entitled to fairness, to the same treatment at work irrespective of politics.

But whether others are able to “get away with it” is to miss the point. Everyone is making the mistake of treating the office space like an extension of the friendly college campus or bar scene. It just isn’t.

In short, conservatives have joined progressives in becoming way, way too comfortable in environments where it isn’t merely inappropriate, but it threatens your paycheck.

Conservatives need to readjust their expectations, not because they’re persecuted right wingers, but because the workplace is the place to make money. Not to test out your debating skills or settle an old argument.

When conservatives grow up and accept reality, they’ll stop blaming the progressives for hostile work environments.

They’ll start owning their responsibilities.

They’ll become more focused on their jobs, their careers and their own ambitions.

They’ll become indifferent to what the progressives say, think or do.

And that’s when conservatives will get ahead.

Now there’s something that will drive the social justice activists nuts.

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Intellectual ammunition: Mythology vs Facts of ‘gun control’

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Intellectual ammunition Mythology vs Facts of gun control

This multipart series eviscerates some of the Left’s biggest lies and fallacies of Liberty Control

In the first of a new multipart series, Gardner Goldsmith @gardgoldsmith of MRCTV addresses the issues surrounding Liberty Control, destroying some of the prevalent mythologies in the process.

He begins demolishing the myth that increased Liberty control results in lower violent crime rates.

Places with strict controls on freedom with high crime rates – that the Left doesn’t like to talk about – that are prima facie indicators of this absurd fallacy.

Worse yet, laws that are supposed to keep people safe have the opposite effect, since they only serve to disarm the innocent to the advantage of criminals and the government. The edged weapon attacks in China show that it’s not an issue of issue of guns nor one confined to the states. Or the attack in Crimea or the recent tragedy in a state with the strictest Liberty control around.

He cites the specific case of the mythology that gun confiscation ‘solved’ the problem of gun violence in Australia or the UK:

As I noted for MRCTV in February of 2018, contrary to the claims of pop media swamis, violent crime actually increased in Australia for three years following its vaunted 1996 gun “ban” and mandatory “buy-back”. This spike included an increase in gun-related violent crime, and the violent crime did not return to 1996 levels until more than ten years later, when many civilians had resorted to the black market to rearm themselves.

And, as I observed in the same article, violent crime, including homicides and gun-related violent crime, increased in the UK following its government “banning” most firearms in 1997.

Further on in the video and the accompanying article he also destroys the fallacy that Prohibition Works.

This is simple. As the experience of the United States during the “Prohibition Era” has shown, statutes don’t stop people from obtaining the things they demand. I teach economics, and this is an economic axiom. Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that if the zones of “prohibition” are widened beyond the crime-ridden-yet-gun-banning cities like Chicago and DC, and applied to all of the US this will stop criminally minded people from obtaining firearms. Prohibition doesn’t work.

But this does not stop gun-grabbers from pushing their proposals, or even misreading the US Constitution to justify their threats to curtail your inherent right to self-defense.

Knowing the propaganda methods of the Left, if there were a real location where their ideas actually worked instead of endangering people, they would tout this ‘gun-free’ domain 24/7. We shall call this mythical realm: ‘Unitopia’ from the combination of the words ‘Unicorn’ and ‘Utopia’, which literally means ‘no place’.

If it truly existed, ‘Unitopia’ would feature broadcast studio’s for every major media source so they could talk about it 24/7. One can easily envision a video feed with the announcer intoning ‘We now go to our anchor in Unitopia – the one place that gun control has kept people safe – to discuss the news on…’. It would be the go-to locale for the discussion of Liberty and self-defense.

Part 2 Will discuss the Constitution and Founders. Their words on the common sense human right of self-defense, as well as detailing the point that only individuals can have rights.

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Pro-Israel group has amazing response for upcoming antisemitic conference at UCLA

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Pro-Israel group has amazing response for upcoming antisemitic conference

We’ve grown accustomed to opposing sides attempting to quash each other. Leftists often do everything they can to prevent conservatives from speaking at universities. Conversely, right-wing extremist groups often show up to intimidate leftist protesters. It’s a sad and dangerous ebb and flow that often seems impossible to resolve.

One might expect a similar reaction from pro-Israel groups when antisemitic groups come to town. Students for Justice in Palestine, a BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel) group that operates on campuses around the nation, is having their 8th annual conference at UCLA from November 16-18.

The response from Stand With Us, a pro-Israel organization, is not what most are accustomed to hearing. Charline Delkhah, Southwest Campus Coordinator for Stand With Us, didn’t call for protests or for the school to shut down the conference as many have done to her organization.

“But because we live in a country where freedom of speech is one of our basic amendments, they’re given the same rights as we would be given those rights to have a conference on any campus.”

As most campus groups work to stifle their opposition, it’s refreshing to see one embracing the 1st Amendment by defending the right to free speech even from those with opposite views.

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Midterm results: Elitism lost

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Midterm Results: Elitism Lost

Beto O’Rourke had $61 million, $19 million more than Ted Cruz and still lost. But not only was Ted Cruz at a financial disadvantage, he was being targeted by many celebrities and large companies. Yet Ted Cruz won.

If we look in Tennessee, we saw Marsha Blackburn win a competitive race against Phil Bredesen. Pop singer Taylor Swift intervened on Bredesen’s behalf calling Blackburn, a woman, anti-women.

In Georgia, Oprah and Will Ferrell knocked on doors for Stacey Abrams. Yet Brian Kemp won. In all three of these races elites of Hollywood and Silicon Valley threw their weight behind a Democratic candidate against either a Republican incumbent or a traditionally red seat.

It’s very clear in these three races that leftist celebrities thought they could use their influence to sway public opinion towards their viewpoints. After seeing the results of Tuesday’s midterm, these efforts were in vain.

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In medieval history, there was the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302. Flemish rebels laid siege to Courtrai. The French forces led by Artois arrived to lift the siege and wreak havoc on the rebels. The infantry units were sent to attack the Flemmish forces. The rebels were being forced back until Artois pulled his infantry back at the beckoning of his noble allies. Instead of allowing the infantry to finish what they started, Artois deployed the knight and noble class so that they can have the glory. They attacked the Flemmish line that was well obstructed against cavalry. The elite knights perished in what is considered one of the biggest blunders in military history. The cause: elitism.

The drain that elitism posed to the overall effort can be observed in this midterm. As our editor here noted: attention that went to Beto O’Rourke was attention that could have gone elsewhere, to a more competitive race. Beyonce, LeBron, Taylor Swift, Oprah, Will Ferrell, Jack Dorsey, and countless others charged believing that their worldviews were superior to the populations of Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee and came up unsuccessful. The influence of these numerous celebrities was wholeheartedly rejected. It could even be argued that the onslaught of celebrity endorsements had a negative effect on the Democrats efforts. This could certainly be concluded from the victory speech of Ted Cruz. Certainly we can observe, in these races, diminishing returns is alive and well. So many endorsements piled up for Beto O’Rourke, that each additional endorsement turned off more voters than it rallied.

Perhaps this will create a lasting precedent reinforcing the idea articulated by Ben Sharpiro about we the people not caring what celebrities think. But by no means can we can expect Democrats to contemplate the negative effects of elitism in 2020 as we can foresee celebrity endorsements of whoever they nominate.

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