We are too slow and Elliot Kaufman and Mike Rowe are too good. Elliot discusses a NYT article while Mike shows that you can fight the mob and still maintain your independence. Elliot quotes the NYT article gushes:
[A] surprising group of Americans is testing its moral voice more forcefully than ever: C.E.O.s.
Next Elliot tells us about the young adult site:
Vox upped the ante, explaining: “After Charlottesville, CEOs have become our public conscience.”
Of course, this is just appeasement. The CEOs are hoping that the leftist crocodile eats them last. Elliot explains:
The New York Times was right, in a sense. “The C.E.O.s had found their voice,” concluded their fawning article. But top-flight executives are not pre-teen girls who have finally mustered up the confidence to speak; they are savvy representatives of their shareholders’ interests. ESPN, like all the Fortune 500 companies that leapt to boycott or threaten Indiana and North Carolina over their religious-liberty and transgender-bathroom laws, knew that the safest thing they could do was to get out ahead of a left-wing mob.
Do read all of it.
It is the opposite of courage to give into the mob. Business folk, particularly CEOs, are working for their shareholders. It is a reasonable business judgment that it is in their shareholders’ interest to submit to the mob and is a moral judgment in the sense of serving their shareholders but VOX is exactly wrong to call the CEOs public conscience. This is a private and perhaps profitable choice like paying protection to a different mob.
Sidebar: It is an interesting aspect of politics that the left supports CEOs when they do exactly the opposite of what the left wants. The left wants CEOs, somehow, to work for the public rather than profits of their company. In this case the CEOs are working to increase their profits but the left is happy. The left is not the only side to confuse short-term gains with principles. End Sidebar.
Mike, on the other hand, wants to combat the mob without taking political sides. We agree. We would describe it as the fight against violent socialism. It doesn’t matter if it is the national socialists (Nazis) or world socialists, often, without intentional irony, called Antifa. The important word is violent. Here is how Mike takes issue with a commenter that calls him anti-intellectual and tries to associate him with the Nazis. He does this without (entirely) taking a political side:
mikeroweWORKS is a PR campaign for the skilled trades. For the last nine years, we’ve partnered with numerous trade schools, raised millions of dollars for work-ethic scholarships, and called attention to millions of jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. But that doesn’t mean we’re “anti-intellectual.” We’re not even “anti-college.” We simply reject the popular notion that a four-year degree is the best path for the most people. And we’re hardly alone.
Millions of reasonable people – Republicans and Democrats alike – are worried that our universities are doing a poor job of preparing students for the real world. They’re worried about activist professors [R], safe spaces [R], the rising cost of tuition [R&D], a growing contempt for history [R], and a simmering disregard of the first amendment [R]. These people are concerned that our universities – once beacons of free speech – now pander to a relatively small percentage of students who can’t tolerate any political opinion that challenges their own. And they’re concerned – deeply concerned – that millions of good jobs are currently vacant that don’t require a four-year degree, or any of the catastrophic debt that comes with it. [R & D added]
We’ve put R for Republican and D for Democrat on Mike’s list of what reasonable people think. Of course, Mike’s response is being lapped up by conservative sites like TheBlaze, The Daily Caller, and Fox News because conservatives like the list above, are generally pro-capitalism, and and are anti-violence. As Mike shows, the CEOs could have done better.