Stansberry Investor Hour co-hosts Porter Stansberry and Buck Sexton interviewed fired Google (GOOGL) employee James Damore. The two had a deep discussion on the tech behemoth’s discriminatory hiring practices, failed mission statements, and why he was officially fired for “advancing harmful stereotypes.”
In August, Damore wrote an internal memo recommending the corporation to strengthen its hiring standards without regard to race, color, gender or creed, citing high-level research that showed Google’s mandates were hurting their supposed beneficiaries. Titled Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber, the document quickly went viral.
“I was really just targeting diversity programs,” Damore said. “I wanted an internal discussion within Google. I set up multiple meetings with HR and code of conduct to ask them if this was legal, and they would always just pass the buck to someone else. I’ve been hearing story after story of other companies doing the same thing.”
Damore questioned Google’s approach to workplace diversity and argued that the tech giant’s left-leaning bias does not tolerate alternative views.
“These diversity programs increase tension among workers,” Damore said. “People don’t want to feel like they’re just minority or diversity hires. It’s a lose-lose for everyone.”
Stansberry, who owns one of the largest private and independent investment publishing companies in the world, chimed in with his own views on the matter.
“I think if you own a private business, you should be able to do what you please,” Stansberry said. “The Constitution gives us the right to free assembly, which means we can hang out with people we choose. If I only want to hire men or women, that should be my prerogative. Society has the choice of choosing whether to support that. By the way, we are in a very competitive space, like most firms. We hire anyone who can get the job done better than the next person.”
Google released surveys to its employees asking what they thought of Damore’s treatise before they fired him. Damore is now using the survey results in a lawsuit again the tech giant.
“Half the people agreed with my document,” Damore said. “Only about 40% of the people thought I should’ve been fired. It’s a vocal minority of people who think that speech is violence. That’s been amplified by social media and the media in general.”
Listen to the episode with James Damore at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9KvQ0bR3NE&t=15s
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About Porter Stansberry
Porter Stansberry founded Stansberry Research in 1999 with the firm’s flagship newsletter, Stansberry’s Investment Advisory.
Prior to launching Stansberry Research, Porter was the first American editor of the Fleet Street Letter, the world’s oldest English-language financial newsletter.
Today, Porter is well-known for doing some of the most important – and often controversial – work in the financial advisory business. Since he launched Stansberry’s Investment Advisory, his string of accurate forecasts has made his advisory one of the most widely read in the world and has helped his readers both avoid catastrophe and make incredible gains.
For example, his dead-on prediction of the mortgage meltdown got the attention of Barron’s, who said Porter’s work was “remarkably prescient… Nothing, as far as we can see, has happened to contradict his dire prophecy…”
At Stansberry Research, Porter oversees more than a dozen of the best editors and analysts in the business, who do an exhaustive amount of real-world, independent research. Together, his group has visited hundreds of publicly traded companies to bring Stansberry Research subscribers the safest, most profitable investment ideas in the world, no matter what’s happening in the markets.
About Buck Sexton
Buck Sexton is host of the nationally syndicated talk radio program, Buck Sexton with America Now, heard on over 100 stations across the country.
Buck is a political commentator and national security analyst who appears frequently on the Fox News Channel and CNN. Buck has also had the distinction of being a guest host for Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity on their nationally syndicated radio shows, and is the only talent to have hosted all three shows.
Buck formerly served as a CIA officer in the Counterterrorism Center (CTC) and the Office of Iraq Analysis. He completed tours of duty as an intelligence officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other hotspots around the globe, and led intelligence briefings for senior U.S. officials including the president. Buck also served in the New York Police Department (NYPD) Intelligence Division working on counterterrorism issues.
A graduate of Amherst College, Buck was born and raised in New York City, where he currently resides.