Silicon Valley's shameful purging of Peter Thiel

The tech world is turning up its nose at a Trump supporter in its ranks, and showing its double standard in the process

Silicon Valley has been ruthless toward Peter Thiel.
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If there are saints in the church of secular progressivism, the Hollywood Ten are surely among them. These are the individuals who worked in Hollywood and were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer the question, "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" — thus becoming political martyrs.

In its popular form, the story of the Hollywood blacklist has been distorted somewhat. While the fear of Communist agitators — a fear not wholly removed from fact — working in Hollywood was used by Sen. Joe McCarthy for opportunistic political motives, the movement was originally launched by private individuals genuinely interested in removing Communist influence from Hollywood, and they did this through peaceful, "non-coercive" means: naming and shaming, boycotts, and threats of boycotts.

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