Do you really find a right-wing gun-nut more convincing than RMS?
To be blunt; Yes. That "right-wing gun-nut" has at least read and learned from history. RMS is nothing more than a neo-Marxist, and one thing hasn't changed since the classic brand - it works well for bees and ants, but for thinking, reasoning, selfish humans, it's crap.
Don't believe me? Follow this little thought experiment:
You have a choice between a hypothetical Linux-based, closed-source product, and a free, open-source product that does the same thing. You choose the open-source product.
Now the closed-source product is also free, does the same things, and is known to be as stable as the open-source version. You would probably choose the open-source as a matter of "principle."
The closed-source product is now free, has three times the features of the open-source product, and includes a $100 bill. Which do you choose?
You might be sitting there saying "the open-source one," but you're lying. When it came right down to it, you'd be thinking about that advertisement for the 10.2 GB hard drive for $99. Very few people would choose the open-source product, and even THEY would get the closed-source one, just for the free $100. What changed? It became better for you to get the closed-source product.
The same thing is what drives open source. Some people use it simply because it's free. Others, because they like the OS or the feature sets better. And still more because they like the benefits of open source. You don't use it because you have some philisophical belief in open source. You use it because it benefits you to do so. Take away the benefits, and GNU dies tomorrow.
Now comes the big question - why does it matter? Why does that mean RMS is wrong? Why is his brand of neo-Marxism bad? Because in trying to GIVE choice to the users, he's taking it away from the programmers. He doesn't want ANYTHING to be closed source, he wants everything to be free. The Soviet Union wanted everyone to be paid the same, too, and that worked real well. In the US, we have kids from all over the world filing for refugee status with foster families because Mom the doctor and Dad the scientist make less money than the taxi driver down the hall, but the government won't let them charge what their services are worth. That is what RMS would have you do.
That right-wing gun-nut might seem strange to you, who have been deluded by RMS's second-hand pipe dreams. But I'd follow the advice of the gun-nut before pipe-dream, because I can see, I can think, and I can understand what's happened in the past. RMS believes that we can all be free and happy if we'd just put him in charge, just let him determine what we can use and what we call it. ESR knows his history, and he knows that the only true freedom is found where the governed have power over the governers, and that the last, true power is found in the barrel of a gun.
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