OKCupid CEO should apologize to Brendan Eich

Apparently the saying “ye who is without sin throw the first stone” didn’t translate well into “he who has not supported traditional marriage politicians be the first to attack those who have.”

According to Mother Jones,  Sam Yagan, the CEO of OkCupid, donated money to the campaign of a Utah politician who, among other things, supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage and legislation that prohibits homosexuals from being able to adopt children.

As the magazine pointed out, Yagan’s views may have changed since he made the donations in 2004, but one can’t help but find it highly suspect that he remained silent on the matter while using his company to attack another man in a similar position who ultimately loses his job for making a donation only a few years after that. And, unlike Yagan, Eich clarified his position.

The truth of the matter is that few companies actually care about any of these issues either way. To them, it’s about two things: One, remaining within the constraints of Approved Social Thought set down by our cultural Ephors; two, money. If they feel they are going to lose money by either taking a position or remaining silent, they will go with whatever side keeps the profits up.

Ironically, most of the time they end up shooting themselves in the foot, like A&E did in the Duck Dynasty fiasco. Their reversal on the decision was only and purely about the bottom line.

I don’t fully understand the logic behind this thinking. When you go to buy a new car, you don’t ask the dealer’s owner what his political views are or if he’s funded movements you don’t like. We don’t impose a litmus test on the thousands of transaction we make each day.

The libertarian anarchist solution would easily remedy this problem. Simply remove politics out of the equation and make all interactions voluntary. That way people won’t have to worry about whether they are buying goods or services from someone who supports legislation that violates their rights.

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