The Mozilla mess

So Mozilla CEO Brendon Eich stepped down this week because of internal backlash over his political contributions to a group that supported a state-level ban on gay marriage:
The decision to remove the man who invented the web scripting language JavaScipt did not sit well with many customers — many of them pelted Mozilla’s website with a surge of negative feedback. 
On Friday, 94 percent of the sentiments registered on the site were “sad,” while six percent were “happy.” That translates to about 7,000 negative responses, compared to nearly 500 positive responses. 
“Your abject and pathetic condemnation of an individual’s right to hold and support their own view on the world is simply unbelievable,” read one user’s feedback at the Mozilla site.
Eich’s hiring last month generated outrage from Mozilla contributors, called Mozillians, over Eich’s past support of Prop 8, which passed in California with 52 percent of the vote. 
Outsiders protested Eich’s hiring as well, and likely served as the tipping point for his removal.
The matchmaking website OkCupid posted a letter which greeted Firefox users informing them about Eich’s political contribution. It urged them to find another web browser to search for dates.
Vox has been all over this one right from the moment it happened. His commentary is far better than mine could ever be, so all I'm going to say on the subject is that I completely agree with the argument that Eich should have taken the fight to his opponents. Instead, he backed down and gave in, and by making it clear that he wouldn't even fight at all, ceded the battleground completely to his opponents.

The way to stop this sort of stupidity is to destroy it, root and branch, until there is nothing left of it. The Left has always made it perfectly clear that it will tolerate no dissent to the monolithic insanity that it preaches. The Eich case has drawn the battle lines with perfect clarity. It is time for every leader in any organisation confronted by similar stupidity to choose a side. Either you choose to cede ground to the blind stupidity of valuing adherence to the party line over true talent, or you choose to stand and fight against this madness by firing, at will, any employee who publicly questions your earned right to do what you want with wealth and income that you have built. The Eich case has now made it clear that if your employees have the right to demand your head for your private activities which have nothing whatsoever to do with your work, then you have every right to do the exact same thing to them.

And there is one added benefit to this approach: remember, the rabbits will always choose to run rather than to stand and fight.

That horrible "oh s***" feeling...

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