You see, the tiresomeness of it all is for your own good. And besides, escape is forbidden.
Update, via the comments:
Readers may, I suspect, have reservations. But do bear in mind that ostracising people and engaging in petty workplace spite – calling them Nazis, for instance - is so much easier when you know who they voted for. And do take a moment to consider the oppressed in this equation, by which, of course, I mean the needy and neurotic, those whose status and self-worth hinge on mouthing - and being seen and heard to mouth - the most fashionable political opinions. Now, imagine these poor souls being denied the opportunity to bore others with them, at eye-watering length, during office hours.
That the owners of Basecamp, a web software company, should find themselves having to officially ask employees not to use the workplace, work networks, and working hours for “political advocacy” – and explaining that angry exchanges about politics, i.e., leftist identity politics, “can’t happen where the work happens anymore” – i.e., stop behaving like spoiled teenagers who are still on campus - is quite a thing. One has to marvel at how they’re essentially having to explain to their woke and quarrelsome employees the concept of a workplace, as a thing that’s not in fact interchangeable with a protest march or a student union bar.
Update 2: The drama escalates.
It’s not a coincidence these grand stands against divisive “politics” at work issue down from white male tech executives.
Writes Taylor Hatmaker at TechCrunch. In a not-at-all-loaded and totally non-divisive way.
Why, it’s almost as if fixating on people’s sex and skin colour - and assigning some kind of collective moral defectiveness to the pale and male - were a habit that other, saner people may not find entirely enhancing of their working environment. Just a thought.
Following a controversial ban on political discussions earlier this week, Basecamp employees are heading for the exits. The company employs around 60 people, and roughly a third of the company appears to have accepted buyouts to leave, many citing new company policies.
And presumably taking with them their intersectional prayer mats. Again, if you’ve been hiring people who appear to regard themselves as activists more than employees, and who prioritise their political opinionating – on work time, using work networks, and resulting in a distracting and fractious environment for everyone else, an environment described as “unhealthy” – than perhaps you should reflect on how wise that was.
Update 3: In the comments, CJ Nerd steers us to this:
Tech journalist Casey Newton said about one-third of the company’s roughly 60 employees took buyouts shortly after, with one fuming: “Basically the company has said, ‘well, your opinions don’t really matter — unless it’s directly related to business…’ A lot of people are gonna have a tough time living with that.”
Yes, the kind of vain, unworldly creatures who imagine that their employers and colleagues want, indeed need, to hear their views on “whiteness” and “microaggressions,” and who equate a list of funny customer names with a march towards “genocide.” The kind of overindulged, overgrown children for whom reciprocation would be anathema, a basis for indignation, and who complain that being asked to focus on the job they’re actually paid to do constitutes not being “allowed to exist.” In other words, the ideal end product of an expensive progressive education. And who, having seemingly learned nothing, will presumably go on to disrupt and demoralise some other fool’s business with their pretensions and farcical high-maintenance.
Two employees told me that they had found themselves crying and screaming at the screen.
After all, it just isn’t wokeness without weeping and howling.
Via Garbage Human, via Rafi.
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