Last year, a Google engineer named James Damore triggered an entirely unnecessary and ultimately unproductive controversy after his internally published 10-page memo decrying “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” became a matter of public record. Damore, who more or less used the pretense of science to imply some of his coworkers may be unqualified diversity plants, was fired for creating a hostile work environment—though not before trying to earn himself some cred on in the right-wing media circuit.