Corporate Ameirca

Rufo versus Disney: An update

Featured image Chris Rufo has doggedly documented the metastasis of Critical Race Theory throughout our institutions. In his May 7 City Journal column “The wokest place on earth,” Rufo reported the spread of CRT to Disney. Yesterday morning, Rufo updated his report via email stating that Disney has backed down: The Walt Disney Company responded to my reporting about its divisive “diversity and inclusion” program with a statement defending the company’s commitment »

Coke to Republicans: Why can’t we all just get along?

Featured image When woke corporations started attacking Georgia over its new voting law, Coca-Cola led the charge. Its chief executive James Quincey went on television to declare the law “unacceptable.” But now, following outrage by Republicans over corporate America’s attempt to do the Democrats’ bidding on state election law issues, Coke isn’t so sure that alienating a large portion of the electorate is a good idea. Thus, as Karen Townsend observes, Coke’s »

United Airlines doubles down on wokeness [UPDATED]

Featured image Fresh off of its announcement of a plan to make women and “people of color” 50 percent of its new pilot hires, United Airlines has taken its wokeism one giant step further. It has “committed to being 100% green by reducing our carbon emissions 100% by 2050.” The airline says it “has invested in ground-breaking technology to make our goal a reality” but acknowledges that “there’s still a long way »

Jeff Jacoby: Charity in the time of coronavirus

Featured image Jeff Jacoby is the sage Boston Globe columnist and author of the email newsletter Arguable, to which you can subscribe (I subscribe and recommend it) here. This is the first item in Jeff’s newsletter this morning, under the heading I have borrowed above, and I am posting it below (minus its many links before the last two) with Jeff’s kind permission: The spreading pandemic is making life miserable in countless »

Corporate America Tilts Left

Featured image It must be disorienting to be a leftist. After decades of railing against big business, leftists woke up one morning to find that big business is–mostly–on their side. We wrote yesterday about Nike’s nixing of the American flag. Here are two similar stories from the corporate world. UnderArmour [Correction: it’s BodyArmor, as the linked article says. They are two different companies.], a manufacturer of sports beverages, has made a commercial »

Anti-Americanism Is Working for Nike

Featured image As Scott noted just a few minutes ago, Nike has pulled a shoe that it was about to introduce which featured the “Betsy Ross flag,” circa 1776. Nike acted in response to a complaint by former athlete Colin Kaepernick, who found the shoe offensive. This, courtesy of InstaPundit, is the shoe: The Wall Street Journal reports: Nike Inc. is yanking a U.S.A.-themed sneaker featuring an early American flag after former »

The Ducey doozy

Featured image Today’s Wall Street Journal puts it this way: “Nike Nixes ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Intervenes.” Citing the Journal story, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has responded in linked tweets beginning with the one below and concluding with the one below that. FOX News reports: “Arizona Gov. Ducey to pull Nike plant incentives over reported Colin Kaepernick, Betsy Ross flag flap.” Thank you, Governor Ducey. Today was supposed to »

Straight talk about China and corporate America

Featured image Sen. Marco Rubio is the U.S. Senator best attuned to and most focused on the problem China poses to the U.S. and the world at-large. At least that’s what I infer from his public pronouncements on the subject. In an interview with the Washington Post, Rubio maintained that a significant part of our problem with China stems from shortsighted American corporate CEO’s. He stated: If you go to China, they »

The Theranos case

Featured image John Carreyrou is the Wall Street Journal investigative reporter who broke the story of fraud perpetrated by the Siicon Valley startup company Theranos and by its founder, Steve Jobs wannabe Elizabeth Holmes. Holmes had supposedly invented a breakthrough blood-testing technology. At one point the company was valued in the vicinity of $9 billion. There was just one problem. The vaunted technology didn’t work as represented. Maya Kosoff mentions Carreyrou’s contribution »

Up from Google

Featured image James Damore is the former Google employee who famously expressed heterodox thoughts while in the employ of the company. Represented by Harmeet Dhillon, Damore and David Guteman filed a class action lawsuit against Google yesterday in California state court under various provisions of California employment law. FOX News reports briefly on the lawsuit here, CNN here, and TechCrunch here. Putting the merits of the lawsuit to one side, and the »

Almost blacklisted by Google

Featured image In a message addressed to us along with Drudge Report, American Thinker, InstaPundit, PJ Media and Gateway Pundit, Leo Goldstein writes: Dear Editors, You might be interested to learn, that your websites have been almost blacklisted by Google. “Almost blacklisted” means that Google search artificially downranks results from your websites to such extent that you lose 55% – 75% of possible visitors traffic from Google. This sitution is probably aggravated »

Getting rich on poverty law, or something

Featured image We’ve had the number of the ludicrously misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center for a long time. It is a vastly influential left-wing hate cult operating in the form of a nonprofit fundraising phenom most famous for its supposed “hate map” and related designations. As such, it recalls the old joke about the Holy Roman Empire. It’s is neither poor nor devoted to law, though I would concede it’s based in »

Hate group hits jackpot

Featured image The ludicrously misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center has become a scam operating as a left-wing hate cult. The SPLC specializes in directing something far beyond the Orwellian Two Minutes Hate to the likes of Charles Murray and Ayaan Hirsi Ali and others it designates for opprobrium as “extremists” or a “hate group.” Where once was Emmanuel Goldstein and his followers is now Murray, Ali and a host of others guilty »

Someone Gets Serious About Leaks

Featured image Unfortunately, it isn’t the federal government. It’s Apple, Inc.: A recording of an internal briefing at Apple earlier this month obtained by The Outline sheds new light on how far the most valuable company in the world will go to prevent leaks about new products. The briefing, titled “Stopping Leakers – Keeping Confidential at Apple,” was led by Director of Global Security David Rice, Director of Worldwide Investigations Lee Freedman, »

Immelt on ice

Featured image My grandfather taught me the adage that “courtesy is cheap and pays big dividends.” It’s a quaint notion nowadays, but it seems to me a sort of democratic equivalent of the golden rule. As a practical matter, courtesy remains cheap and still proves beneficial most of the time. At least it doesn’t hurt. Does it apply in a corporate setting? The question occurred to me when I read last week’s »

Cardiac Arrest: Howard Root unbound

Featured image John recently hosted our friend Howard Root at a packed Center of the American Experiment lunch forum in downtown Minneapolis. Howard told the story of his experience as chief executive officer of Vascular Solutions caught in the crosshairs of the federal government when prosecutors sought to put him in the big house and his company out of business. It was the most powerful 45-minute presentation I have ever seen. Howard »

Dave Carroll was unavailable for comment

Featured image Dave Carroll memorialized his experience as a musician traveling on United nearly a decade ago. He complained in song that United had destroyed his valuable Taylor guitar (video below). The Wikipedia entry on Carroll’s videos has already been updated (footnotes omitted): “On April 9, 2017, #unitedbreaksguitars trended on Twitter. This was following the release of a video that showed United Airlines physically forcing a passenger off a plane in order »