From the “Huh?” file: Google shareholder warns of return to dark ages

by Ryan Streeter on June 22, 2012. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

A group of Google’s shareholders is urging the search giant to drop its U.S. Chamber of Commerce membership. Here’s what one of them, speaking for San Francisco-based Social Equity Group, said:

This may sound overly dramatic, but it is really about what this vitally important company can and must do to strengthen our democracy before we descend back to a future where employees have no rights, women are treated as second-class citizens and science itself is placed on trial like a modern-day Galileo before the Roman Inquisition.

No, it doesn’t sound overly dramatic. It sounds wacky.

Women outnumber men as college graduates these days and, according to Gallup,¬†are more professionally ambitious. Except for when scientific progress raises legitimate concerns about whether it’s trespassing deeply shared views of the self or personal liberty in specific cases, most Americans embrace it and many celebrate it. And workers who no longer have collective bargaining rights aren’t exactly protesting their newfound freedom to choose whether or not to pay union dues, however much the union bosses wail and rend their garments.

Several commentators have recently made the point that progressives in America increasingly sound like outdated defenders of the status quo. It sounds like Google’s got some “progressive” investors fighting battles in a war that already ended.