In recent weeks, uproar over Silicon Valley’s alleged bias against reactionaries has intensified–from Project Veritas secretly filming Twitter employees to burnt Google engineer James Damore suing his former employer for allegedly discriminating against whites, males, and reactionaries at a company that is 69 percent white and 56 percentage male.
Now Lincoln Network, a right-leaning political group for tech workers, wants to enter the fray as a voice of reason–armed with data.
“I think everyone agrees that this topic is not going away, ” says Lincoln Network cofounder Garrett Johnson, a former Rhodes Scholar who sold his Y Combinator-backed messaging startup in 2016. Johnson says Lincoln Network wants to “constructively engage in this conversation, ” in hopes of improving the work environment at tech companies.
Over the past couple of months, Lincoln Network conducted an online survey of 387 employees of corporations like Google, Facebook, Apple, Uber, and Salesforce, plus one-on-one interviews with 23 respondents who agreed to speak anonymously. Respondents volunteered to take the survey after find the link online or on internal meetings at corporations like Google.
The survey observed employees who identify as conservative or very conservative are increasingly uncomfortable at work. Two-thirds or more of all those people who describe themselves as libertarian, conservative or very conservative “says hes” feel less comfortable sharing their ideological opinions with colleagues since Google burnt Damore in August. But simply 30 percentage of liberals and 14 percent of people who say they are very liberal was of the view that way.
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