Monday, June 10, 2019

Good Piece by Jeff Weiner after 2016 Election

It's over 2 years old, but I just saw this piece today from LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on the 2016 U.S. election.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-thoughts-election-jeff-weiner/


I think it is impressive because it expresses views that are solid and sensible without explicitly being partisan. 

I think we may have a strong suspicion of which side he personally supported, as well as that of most LinkedIn employees, and indeed most people working in tech. But he was able to lament the extreme divisiveness of that election and also convey that LinkedIn will uphold values that are decent and civil, without blaming any one side.

Now, in one way, I am not sure if this is a good thing or not. If it is crystal clear that one side is objectively and overwhelmingly vile and sordid, while the other is just politics as usual, then maybe that side needs to be called out every time? Maybe any mention of them, however minor, without opposing them contributes to normalizing them? I tend to think this.

However there may be times when we have to navigate the waters more skillfully. If and when that need comes up, this piece by Jeff is a good reference.

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