Freedom alone was never enough. For freedom to be worth anything you have to care about people, understand their experiences, know the limits of your own perspective. You have to understand the ways in which people are vulnerable where you are not.
Freedom that doesn't care about other people is simply Ego.
FLOSS's future, if it has one, is as an implementation of socialist ideology. It can help us imagine and actualize a future in which humanity survives capitalism in its current form. FLOSS belongs to the world. It belongs to women, to queer people, to the poor. We must hand it to them over the objections of the spoiled, blinkered manchildren of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.
one last thought: RMS was outspoken and uncompromising. but there are many ways to be those things and some of them are a lot more effective and inspiring than others. look at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. she is fighting for someone besides herself. RMS is fighting to be the most morally pure person in the room. FLOSS needs more of the former. it doesn't need any more secret handshakes (eg inscrutable jargon, complicated build systems, version control systems you need a CS degree to understand)
@jplebreton I met RMS about 15 years ago. He was living in the fucking clouds, completely removed from reality and the people around him.
At one point he asked everyone around him to stop walking so he could go into a pet shop and play his flute for a parrot. I'm not making this up.
The FLOSS world will be much better without him at the forefront
@jplebreton Exactly this. The logical conclusion of "people should be in control of their computers and free to make changes to how they work" is "we need radically accessible & flexible computing environments"
rms definitely believes everyone will learn emacs lisp and be happy, and nope, sorry, you are only fighting for a certain class of person when you take that stance
@jplebreton Well. A main reason for issues like these that I think I see these days is that there is a lot of activists standing for a lot of different causes. Each of these causes in itself is perfectly valid, but things get messy in situations in which it's about communication, understanding each other, finding compromises and things that get people together. RMS is part of, but he's not the only one with this problem, and neither is this an issue specific to the FLOSS community.
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