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Stallman, FSF, MIT, Epstein, Minsky 

and to some extent the structural constitution of the project and the that solely revolves around ' vision of the world and society—with absolutely no room for other opinions—has always been problematic. It's indeed not new at all. It has overshadowed and prevented the development of free software to be more culturally diverse and a more politicised effort. Similarly, his dogmatic attitude has created throughout the years a situation where free software communities are having a hard time to be self critical and are effectively unable to evaluate the nature of their discourse. Ultimately, there has been increasing cognitive dissonance between the values they believe sharing and their actions, with sometimes quite aggressive response to even the slightest form of criticism and critique of anything related to software/user freedom. At best, criticism is deflected by tweaking the terminology and the language used, and if needed new definitions of words are created to defuse problematic statements. Hopefully these kind of exposures and open discussions will help move forward work on software and cultural freedom, in general, and not lead to complete implosion.

re: Stallman, FSF, MIT, Epstein, Minsky 

@320x200

>be self critical and are effectively unable to evaluate the nature of their discourse. Ultimately, there has been increasing cognitive dissonance between the values they believe sharing and their actions

Can you give some examples of these?

Stallman, FSF, MIT, Epstein, Minsky 

@320x200 I’m usually first in line for nuance. But RMS handwaving about his buddy’s banging 14 year old sex slaves is over the line. This is a very bad look, and exactly why FOSSbros have a rep right when we need to expect better. Time to grow up just a bit, kiddies. Maybe even let some icky girls in the clubhouse.

re: Stallman, FSF, MIT, Epstein, Minsky 

@320x200 i was having a conversation with some comrades yesterday about this. rms opted to have at least some kind of political solution or structure to the GNU project, and that was, i guess, in 80s, pretty progressive. unfortunately it is as you have described. it is a little tyranny.

linus torvalds, on the other hand, is your classic engineer. he cares not for politics, or social values etc - and that's another poison chalice.

i completely agree with you. we need some sort of avenue or space in order to make sense of the Free Software movement, so we can pick through the wreckage and maybe find a way forward.

Stallman, FSF, MIT, Epstein, Minsky 

@320x200 I must note however that media coverage supposedly saying that #RMS was involved with this mess is a distraction from the real issues and proven participants/people involved. Please see http://techrights.org/2019/09/15/media-attention-has-been-shifted/

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