No politics at work.
We’ve got these tabulating machines to send to Hitler.
Talking politics doesn’t get us paid.
There are plenty of companies withdrawing into their shells of privilege because the founders are scared of getting uncomfortable.
If you want a more uplifting picture of what happens when you talk politics at work : you save lives.
Whatever the antecedents of the recent wave of decisions to ignore people’s lives by “not talking politics”, the effects are defiantly anti-union, anti-women, anti-BLM, anti-trans and pro-christian-conservatism.
Even at companies who may have introduced these policies as a reaction against actual fascist viewpoints on their internal discussion boards (which I haven’t seen is the case, but I have heard some justify it that way), banning all politics supports the fascists.
It chills the speech of the oppressed, and gives fascists ammunition that “our free speech is under attack”.
There’s plenty of policies that allow you to talk about maternity leave and single payer healthcare without allowing blood and soul nationalism.
Companies that ban all politics are companies that have weak leadership who only want to align with the prevailing winds, in the most conservative way possible.
Companies, especially tech companies, can change the world. But too often they just reinforce the status quo.
Even companies that want to liberate us from the office, or liberate us from fossil fuels, or liberate us from Earth, still reinforce the power structures that led to the problems they claim to want to solve.
To summarise this, and other points,
“we’re uncomfortable with you having a life outside work”
Follow the prior discussion on twitter:
No politics at work.
We've got these tabulating machines to send to Hitler.
Talking politics doesn't get us paid.23:48 PM - 26 Apr 2021
@developerontour @IanColdwater It's frustrating reading that after I reflected last year how disconnected the agile signatories were from the problems of inclusion in tech, and then thinking from their book that they had a better way. 🤬
dev.to/craignicol/whe…22:19 PM - 26 Apr 2021
Lauren Kelly ✨ #UnsafeToBeMe@thejsa_omg that basecamp post is really smth
[image— repost with alt text of @freezydorito’s very accurate interpretation, original qt’d] twitter.com/freezydorito/s…21:09 PM - 26 Apr 2021laura bananas @freezydoritomy goodness yall were right the basecamp post already starts bonkers and then it only gets worse and worse https://t.co/Z8J6fF6p3A