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Breaking Camp

Casey Newton, Apr 29, 2021

A debate has erupted this week at the software company Basecamp after its directors announced an end to social and political discussion in the workplace. The move is viewed by many as ironic as Basecamp was previously known for an enlightened workplace culture and its directors actually published several books on the subject. This serves to "paint a portrait of a company where workers sought to advance Basecamp's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by having sensitive discussions about the company's own failures. After months of fraught conversations, (Jason) Fried and his co-founder, David Heinemeier Hansson moved to shut those conversations down." It's an old story where you can have all the freedoms you want just so long as they don't actually change anything (kind of like academic freedom for sessionals).

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