When I was studying for a Masters degree in Professional Ethics, the lecturer raised a wonderful conversation point: “If you have a deep ethical aversion to shooting people, what should you do if you’re in the trenches of World War 1 and the enemy is charging towards you?”

The answer, of course, is that if you have a deep ethical aversion to shooting people, then you should not join the army in the first place. The time for ethical deliberation was when you were signing up to enlist, not when the enemy was running towards you.

Charles C W Cooke applies this very obvious principle to the staff who work at Spotify with respect to Joe Rogan:

There are many vocations in this big and rambunctious world, and there is no good reason whatsoever that the ones that demand a commitment to foundational cultural liberalism should be staffed by tinpot despots. If, upon earnest reflection, the current staff of Spotify are unable to perform their duties while a man with whom they disagree remains featured by their employer, then it is time for the powers that be to thank them for their help, to dissolve their contracts, and to set about finding a new crew, capable of discharging its role without bursting into tears at the first sign of a new idea.

If Spotify’s Staff Can’t Cope with Running a Content Library, They Should Find Another Job

This seems very powerful. If you don’t want your employer to host podcasts, then you should not work for a podcast host.

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.