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jane coaston

Today on The Argument, should we ban politics from the office? [MUSIC PLAYING] I’m Jane Coaston, and as host of this show, I spend a lot of my time at work talking about politics. My bosses would be pretty mad if I refused to talk about politics. But not all bosses are the same. After the Trump era, a summer of protests over police brutality, and a pandemic that’s been politicized at every turn, it’s been hard not to bring politics to work, particularly when everything from parental leave to marriage benefits can be, well, political. And I’ve noticed that as people spent more time talking about the news in remote times on Slack, which is arguably the worst place to talk about the news, there has been a backlash brewing. Companies are cracking down on political debates at work. Maybe the most famous recent example is Basecamp, where co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, who goes by…

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