Rockets GM Daryl Morey might be fired for speaking his mind. That’s the case for workers in every industry in America
Worker speaks freely. Employer gets mad at what the worker has to say. Worker gets fired.
It’s a common story in the United States, a proud capitalist democracy (capitalist first, democracy second). We might value speech and expression in the public sphere, but we take for granted that we labor at the leisure of our bosses. Even with the Civil Rights Act, it’s perfectly legal to fire someone for what they say and who they associate with, even if it happens off the clock.
Bhaskar Sunkara is the founding editor of Jacobin magazine and a Guardian US columnist. He is the author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality