Sometimes when reading a piece in a paper or magazine, I get the impression that the reporter is not necessarily 100% on board with the official editorial position, particularly when it is ripely insane, as is so often the case nowadays. I figure that there must have been many examples of this in the East Block, back in the day: although you were dicing with death if you tried it with Stalin. I wondered about this after reading a bit by Farhad Manjoo, about Peter Thiel, in the New York Times:
“Though Silicon Valley has well-known problems with diversity in its work force, people here pride themselves on a kind of militant open-mindedness. It is the kind of place that will severely punish any deviations from accepted schools of thought — see how Brendan Eich, the former chief executive of Mozilla, was run out of his job after it became public that he had donated to a campaign opposed to gay marriage.”
You could almost suspect that Manjoo was teetering on the edge of crimethink.
Stalin, by the way, didn’t have this kind of worry: he was free to say that that Pavlik Morozov was ‘a rotten little shit, ratting on his parents like that.’