A Look Behind Basecamp’s Controversial Employment Policies

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Basecamp CEO Jason Fried announced some changes at the remote working platform company on Monday. The most significant change seems to be the one over political speech:

No more societal and political discussions on our company Basecamp account. Today’s social and political waters are especially choppy. Sensitivities are at 11, and every discussion remotely related to politics, advocacy, or society at large quickly spins away from pleasant.

As companies have become more involved in politics–and some companies facing scrutiny not for speaking up–the culture becomes tense. Fried’s memo seems to attack that problem by saying we just aren’t going

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