May 27, 2021 Basecamp emerges from its awakened corporate culture
Base camp, an internet-based organization and storage platform, lost a significant portion of its staff when company management announced that the company would not use itself as a political tool or create a environment hostile to freedom of expression.
It all started when Basecamp CEO Jason Fried wrote that “societal and political discussions” would be banned from the office. He explained:
Every discussion remotely related to politics, advocacy or society in general quickly becomes enjoyable. You shouldn’t have to wonder if staying out means you’re an accomplice, or if diving into it means you’re a target.
A report of 30% of Basecamp staff leave in protest.
While there will be obvious short-term difficulties for Basecamp, playing the long game is probably a very wise decision. As Free business project (FEP) Deputy Director Scott Shepard explains in town hall remark:
The founders of Basecamp undoubtedly looked a few months into the future and saw the tsunami of discrimination lawsuits that will befall companies that have embraced critical racism and sexism in their workplaces, and thus made these workplaces hostile to men and whites, and all those who want to be judged on the content of their characters and the quality of their work. And they decided in response to move the vulnerable beachhead to the broad, sunny highlands of true non-discrimination.
It also can’t hurt when it comes to making investors happy with their engagement. Basecamp is not yet publicly traded, but putting it in the perilous position of becoming a left-wing political entity before trying to reach out to profit-driven capitalists would obviously not create the best view:
They know full well that the sensitive community of this country and its ultimate investors (as opposed to the middlemen of the investment houses who themselves play quickly with the law) want nothing to do with enlightenment. And they know that as more and more attention is focused on the issue, the opportunities for disaster abound.
But there is more ! The response from those whose only interest in Basecamp is the desire to perpetuate the culture of revival cancellation has been harsh (for what it’s really worth). Overall, what he really did was expose the veracity and complicity of the mainstream media in perpetuating a radical political agenda.
In the commentary, Scott also notes that Bloomberg’s coverage of business news about Basecamp’s impending job fair provided good reasons not to pay for Bloomberg content. Relying on Twitter outrage (already questionable considering how that platform silenced conservative voices), Bloomberg reporter Ellen Huet appeared to have “hand picked responses that confirmed his personal political biases and signaled them as if they meant something, ”Scott writes.
If any lessons are to be learned from this, Scott suggests that it is that “there is no way to navigate successfully in wake-up mode”:
Someone is going to be insulted by anything you do, and once you give in to the premise of awakening, there is no way to resist the mad outrage. The only sensible path is to reject fully awake. And practically nowadays that means keeping it – and all politics – out of the workplace.
Basecamp is still working. By dipping their toes into the neutrality pool, Basecamp management has proven to other companies that water is good:
To my knowledge, there are no active center-right public enterprises. But Basecamp joins Coinbase by publicly declaring new commitments to political neutrality in their workplaces and for their companies. Other companies appear to be backing down after a quieter awakening. This is the right decision for their companies, for their employees and (dare I say it) for all the stakeholders who are not so ideologically engaged that they are anxious to see our economy and our society torn apart, which may be the only result of awakening.
At this year’s shareholder meetings, the FEP asked CEOs of large publicly traded companies about their political positions on highly controversial issues, including support for discriminatory equality law and opposition to social measures. electoral integrity that protect voters’ ballots. When in a hurry, these leaders tend to warp and equivocate. Discover the EFF website to read these stories.
And click here to read Scott’s comment – “Basecamp heralds a move to political neutrality” – in its entirety on Townhall’s website.