Facebook’s Conservatives Find Their Courage

Conservative Facebook employees finding their courage? I agree here (with the often disagreeable) David French that this could be huge:

An internal revolt provides hope for real change.

In my many years of traveling the country, speaking at universities, litigating against universities, and interacting with conservatives who live and work in the most seemingly uniform progressive enclaves, I’ve come to understand three key truths:

First, there are more conservatives in virtually every major progressive institution than people realize.

Second, they tend to be scattered across the company or university and theregore perhaps feel more alone and isolated than their true numbers would suggest.

Third, they’re afraid of reprisals if they attempt to organize in any manner similar to their progressive colleagues.

The resulting sense of isolation and lack of collective action renders them increasingly vulnerable, reinforces the sense that one has to keep his head down to survive, and builds in the Left a false sense of unanimity that only reinforces their view that all sensible people share their views. Progressive activists interpret silence as agreement, and the lack of dissent only spurs more activism.

It takes real moral courage to break the isolation, declare your beliefs, and seek to organize like-minded conservatives (and sympathetic liberals). It also happens to be the single most effective way of breaking groupthink and initiating internal reform. As I’ve written before, it’s the internal mob that matters — especially when dealing with immense progressive institutions that hold commanding market positions. Harvard and Google care far more about their employees’ positions than they do about the political beliefs of customers who largely either have nowhere else to go or desperately seek the credential that only that institution can provide.

And that’s why the internal conservative revolt at Facebook may — just may — represent one of the most consequential news developments of the year.

Read more: National Review

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