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Re: Support for RMS and criticism of the "bottom-up"/"social contract" p

From: Dmitry Alexandrov
Subject: Re: Support for RMS and criticism of the "bottom-up"/"social contract" power grab attempt.
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2019 14:34:50 +0300
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Marcel <> wrote:
> On 10/31/19 4:11 PM, Dmitry Alexandrov wrote:
>>> On 10/31/19 3:01 PM, Dmitry Alexandrov wrote:
>>>> Marcel <> wrote:
>>>>> What I do see are volunteers trying to opportunistically derail the Free 
>>>>> Software Movement at a moment of perceived weakness for RMS.  I read 
>>>>> concerns about the eventual death of RMS to the survival of GNU, yet RMS 
>>>>> is not dead yet, and these detractors are trying to push him out while 
>>>>> he's still alive. I have deep concerns about the day RMS stops being 
>>>>> involved in the Free Software Movement, but that is hardly an argument to 
>>>>> push him out while he's still active and involved.
>>>> When heʼs dead, it may be too late to discuss anything.
>>>> History teaches us, that a lifework of great leader, who neglects an 
>>>> opportunity to step aside and let his successors to display themselves 
>>>> while still keeping an eye on them, might go rack and ruin in a moment.
>> You donʼt try say, that when ‘detractors’, that want to derail free software 
>> movement (whoever you mean), wonʼt need to push him out first, because heʼs 
>> already dead, it will be any better, do you?
> I don't understand the rest of your statement, so I cannot respond.

Your point, as I understand it: the discussion on the future of GNU shall not 
be held because: (1) there are ‘detractors’ who want to derail free software 
movement, and (2) RMS is still with us.

My point: your point is invalid, because the situation will never be better 
than that: (1) ill-wishers to the free software will exist in any foreseeable 
future, while (2) RMS is not.

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