As usual, @brainwane's writing on a complicated topic are clear, thoughtful, direct, and bring the receipts to the table: "Not The First Time We Tried (FSF, GNU, RMS, etc.)" harihareswara.net/sumana/2021/

@cwebber
It's the thing that gets me with the support for RMS, You can point at this, and Bradley's and Matthew's posts and some folks will see it as a corporate conspiracy leading a mob. Rather than wonder if the environment drove people elsewhere. Nearly a week later and I'm still stunned at it happening and the way it was handled. If the FSF can't change then we need to move on.
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@onepict @cwebber @brainwane The open letter made it a lot easier to defend Stallman. If it was about the issues mentioned in this blog post, there would be a lot less resistance. Instead, they accuse Stallman of having "shown himself to be misogynist, ableist, and transphobic, ...", and petition for his removal based on "his hurtful and dangerous ideology". But there's sparse public evidence for these accusations, and in at least one case, his supposed transphobia, there's ample evidence of the contrary. People will interpret these inaccuracies as character assassination and discredit any genuine issues with him based on these.

@acuteanniemay @onepict @brainwane Have you read this post? arp242.net/rms.html

It acknowledges there have been some mischaracterizations, analyzes them one by one, but still clearly identifies what *did* happen and comes to a conclusion about this decision to surprise-reappoint him and how it was clearly a bad idea.

@cwebber
It's an interesting article, I think we also have to consider the considerable frustration that open letter comes from. It's from years of RMS being enabled. I don't think comparisons to be autistic are helpful either. But that's because I have family who were diagnosed. I see this as years of his behaviour being excused, and when people tried to explain it to him to help him change, he didn't take it on.
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@onepict @acuteanniemay @brainwane I agree with everything you've said. The letter spoke in simplified and direct language, which can be valuable, and clearly got a powerful response... I support that approach. But I also understand how many people need to hear a post that speaks to, and breaks down, the specifics. Which is why I linked the forementioned one. (I don't agree with everything in it, and I would have chosen a different title, but I'm glad it is there.)

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@cwebber
Yeah I think some respectful discussion is good in this. In any debate if you are on the extreme opposite side there's a futher path to being willing to see the oppositions POV. Plus it also excludes those in the middle who either don't want to take a side, or can't afford to take a side.
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