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Power and the workplace

Ethan Marcotte wrote about why tech workers should unionize:

The Basecamp story’s been a difficult one for me to follow. It’s a story about employees volunteering time to improve their workplace; it’s a story about racism and white supremacy in that workplace; it’s a story about company leaders mishandling a delicate situation, and to such an extent that a third of their employees left en masse.

I’d like to suggest it’s also a story about power.

Mandy Brown followed these notes to their next logical conclusion in her excellent newsletter:

When we talk about politics belonging outside the workplace, we reduce democracy to an extracurricular instead of a core part of our lives. Democracy cannot be sustained by annual visits to the ballot box—it isn’t something we have, it’s something we practice.

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