Unfriended by Facebook

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I’m old enough to remember when the Silicon Valley was thought of as vaguely libertarian. Good times. If true, they certainly didn’t last:

Facebook Inc. executive and virtual-reality wunderkind Palmer Luckey was a rising star of Silicon Valley when, at the height of the 2016 presidential contest, he donated $10,000 to an anti-Hillary Clinton group.

His donation sparked a backlash from his colleagues. Six months later, he was out. Neither Facebook nor Mr. Luckey has ever said why he left the social-media giant. When testifying before Congress about data privacy earlier this year, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg denied the departure had anything to do with politics.

Internal Facebook emails suggest the matter was discussed at the highest levels of the company. In the fall of 2016, as unhappiness over the donation simmered, Facebook executives including Mr. Zuckerberg pressured Mr. Luckey to publicly voice support for libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, despite Mr. Luckey’s yearslong support of Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the conversations and internal emails viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Welcome to the monoculture which can’t tolerate even one person thinking differently than the collective. It is both surprising and dispiriting that people whose technological and business success depends on often thinking outside the box and doing things differently are anything but when it comes to everything else in life. Thanks to that philosophy of groupthink and intolerance, the tech industry is now as bad as universities:

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unisdonations(source) I sometimes hear an argument along the lines that “well, we on the left don’t complain that for example the military is overwhelmingly right-wing”. Firstly, it’s not nearly as politically unbalanced as tech companies, universities, or for that matter the entertainment industry. Secondly, the military are the people we send overseas to die for our country; they have virtually zero impact and influence on the domestic political scene and indeed everyday life in general. By contrast, the left-dominated industries and institutions are the ones which educate children and young people, shape the popular culture, provide news and information, and indeed create the whole new worlds in which we interact and communicate. Monopolies are unhealthy, including the intellectual ones.

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