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He needs to be punished. He is being rightly punished.
Yeah, he needs to be punished but only in an ideal world where the rest of the world is filled with holy saints who've committed no wrongs. When we have a POTUS like Donald Trump and a judge like Kavanaugh who brush aside actual allegations of sexual misconducts, not just have opinions about it, you need to have practical considerations of whom to punish and stop nitpicking on everything.
It depends on you really, do you want to be led by a thick skinned guy like Trump or a morally sensitive guy like Dr. Stallman? The actions you take will determine the leaders your country will get.
He is losing his mental faculties and has come out in support of a complete insane proposition.
Just a point of disagreement. This isn't him losing his mental faculties. He's always been like that. He has Vulcan-way of approaching problems and reasoning. He was always oblivious to social convention.
Just scroll through his site (stallman.org) and you can see that. His resignation note also exemplifies this.
It wasn't him that changed. He's the same old Stallman that he has always been. It's just that now tech is big business (so no more room for unrefined dinosaurs), and we live in a much more puritan time.
I deeply respect what Stallman has done for the software community, and his commitment to freedom. But can we please not pretend this is some baseless hit-piece against him? He's come right out and said that he thinks a pedophile's victim was most likely willing. If there's any speech at all that should come with serious social consequences, it's defending child rapists.
Stallman is a relic from another era when computing was a niche industry. Computing isn't a niche industry anymore. There is no place for unrefined dinosaurs like him in tech anymore. We're going to get exactly what we're asking for: slick, inoffensive politicians that run foundations like FSF - who can talk a lot but say nothing and offend noone, attend all the best high-society parties, and raise big corporate money for the foundation. You'll never see those guys play the "bongos" for
Open Source Free Software: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sJUDx7iEJw
The change was going to happen but I'm going to miss the old days.
This is a really poor article. It doesn't even attempt to address the criticism aimed at RMS and just spends its entire length uncritically shilling for him. Supporting free speech and free software doesn't mean defending his shitty opinions.
Also, the author is clearly incapable of understanding what the term "free speech" means, because it definitely doesn't mean "ability to say anything you want with zero ramifications".
agreed awful article. he makes the point that trump isn't phased by sexual assault accusations against him because he has "thicker skin than that", as if it's a good thing to not have people forced out of positions of power for being rapists. if Stallman was accused of the same stuff as trump I'd hope he'd be held liable.
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