Google is Com­mit­ted to the Sup­pres­sion of Free Speech

Trillions - - In This Issue - By Paul Craig Roberts

The Google en­gi­neer, a Har­vard PH.D., who raised ques­tions about the non-fact-based ide­o­log­i­cal cul­ture within the Google or­ga­ni­za­tion has been iden­ti­fied and fired.

Sun­dar Pichai, Google’s CEO, said that the em­ployee in ex­press­ing his views had vi­o­lated Google’s code of con­duct and had crossed “the line by ad­vanc­ing harm­ful gen­der stereo­types in our work­place.” The em­ployee, James Damore, con­firms that he was fired for “per­pet­u­at­ing gen­der stereo­types” by ex­press­ing his views.

Hav­ing fired Damore or per­mit­ted Google’s Thought Con­trol Czar, Danielle Brown, to fire Damore, Sun­dar Pichai de­liv­ered a car­i­ca­ture of hypocrisy. Sun­dar ad­dressed Damore’s “co-work­ers who are ques­tion­ing whether they can safely ex­press their views in the work­place, es­pe­cially those with a mi­nor­ity view­point. They too feel un­der threat, and that is also not OK. Peo­ple must feel free to ex­press dis­sent.” In the face of fir­ing Damore for ex­press­ing his opin­ion, Sun­dar af­firmed: “we strongly sup­port the right of Googlers to ex­press them­selves.” Sun­dar says that “many points raised in the memo — such as the por­tions crit­i­ciz­ing Google’s train­ings, ques­tion­ing the role of ide­ol­ogy in the work­place, and de­bat­ing whether pro­grams for women and un­der­served groups are suf­fi­ciently open to all — are im­por­tant top­ics. The au­thor had a right to ex­press their (sic) views on those top­ics — we en­cour­age an en­vi­ron­ment in which peo­ple can do this and it re­mains our pol­icy to not take ac­tion against any­one for prompt­ing th­ese dis­cus­sions.”

https://www.re­code.net/2017/8/7/16110696/fir­ing­google-ceo-em­ployee-penned-con­tro­ver­sial-memo-on­women-has-vi­o­lated-its-code-of-con­duct

How­ever, Googlers must not ques­tion fem­i­nist ide­ol­ogy.

We should not be sur­prised that Google is op­posed to free ex­pres­sion. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Google works hand in hand with the NSA and CIA to ex­pand un­con­sti­tu­tional spy­ing on ev­ery­one ev­ery­where and to sup­press in­de­pen­dent and dis­sent­ing thought and ex­pres­sion.

For ex­am­ple, on July 31, the World So­cial­ist Web Site re­ported that “Be­tween April and June, Google com­pleted a ma­jor re­vi­sion of its search en­gine that sharply cur­tails pub­lic ac­cess to In­ter­net web sites that op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently of the cor­po­rate and state-con-

trolled me­dia. Since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the changes, many left wing, anti-war and pro­gres­sive web sites have ex­pe­ri­enced a sharp fall in traf­fic gen­er­ated by Google searches. The World So­cial­ist Web Site has seen, within just one month, a 70 per­cent drop in traf­fic from Google.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/ar­ti­cles/2017/07/31/ goog-j31.html

Writ­ing in Global Re­search, Gra­ham Van­ber­gen lists 13 web­sites ar­bi­trar­ily branded by Google as fake news or con­spir­acy sites whose read­er­ship Google has man­aged to re­duce be­tween 19 and 67 per­cent:

• wsws.org fell by 67 per­cent

• al­ter­net.org fell by 63 per­cent

• glob­al­re­search.ca fell by 62 per­cent

• con­sor­tium­news.com fell by 47 per­cent

• so­cial­ist­worker.org fell by 47 per­cent

• me­dia­mat­ters.org fell by 42 per­cent

• com­mon­dreams.org fell by 37 per­cent

• in­ter­na­tion­alview­point.org fell by 36 per­cent

• democ­ra­cynow.org fell by 36 per­cent

• wik­ileaks.org fell by 30 per­cent

• truth-out.org fell by 25 per­cent

• coun­ter­punch.org fell by 21 per­cent

• thein­ter­cept.com fell by 19 per­cent

It is com­pletely ob­vi­ous that none of th­ese sites are fake news or con­spir­acy sites. Th­ese sites are un­der Google cen­sor­ship be­cause they ques­tion the of­fi­cial lies that are used to con­trol the ex­pla­na­tions given to the peo­ple. With the print and TV me­dia and NPR un­der its con­trol, the rul­ing oli­garchy is now mov­ing to shut down all In­ter­net ex­pla­na­tion that dif­fers from the of­fi­cial lies that are used to keep peo­ple firmly locked in The Ma­trix.

Google is a mo­nop­oly. Be­fore mo­nop­o­lists turned US anti-trust leg­is­la­tion such as the Sher­man Act into dead-let­ter laws, Google would have been bro­ken up. To­day Google is pro­tected not only by the demise of anti-trust laws, but also by its use­ful­ness to the US Po­lice State. With­out Google’s ac­tive co­op­er­a­tion, it would not be pos­si­ble for the NSA to com­plete its to­tal spy net­work, a net­work that serves not na­tional de­fense but sup­pres­sion of dis­sent from the agen­das of the rul­ing oli­garchy.

Google abuses its power in many ways. For ex­am­ple, Wik­ileaks re­ports that among the Podesta email leaks, there is one from Google’s Eric Sch­midt to Ch­eryl Mills of­fer­ing Google’s abil­ity to spy on Amer­i­cans to help the Democrats win the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

http://www.ze­ro­hedge.com/news/2016-11-01/wik­ileaks-re­veals-googles-strate­gic-plan-help-democrats-win-elec­tion

Ap­par­ently, Google has cho­sen to be a mon­ster com­mit­ted to up­hold­ing lies and ide­olo­gies in the place of truth. Un­less an­other coun­try with the courage to stand up to Wash­ing­ton cre­ates a ri­val search en­gine, truth will dis­ap­pear from the face of the earth.

Photo by Philippe Masse, CC

Im­age by ago­ral­i­bros, CC

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