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Jaw on the floor. Just wow. I've seen geeks in positions of respect and influence taken out using exactly the accusation inflation that Stallman was rightly criticizing, and which has now forced him to fall on his sword. This is fucked. I don't know whether to feel angry, or scared about the implications if literally nobody is safe from the narcissistic clowns that cluster around voluntary movements seeking attention and drama, and using diversity issues as a cover.
news.slashdot.org/story/19/09/

I just want to emphasize that I accept the importance of social movements being inclusive, including taking special actions and running special projects to address and reverse past exclusions of anyone, because of something about them that's different (and not harmful). All I'm saying is that I've been seen people get away with some terribly destructive behaviour in social movements where any action can be placed above criticism just by claiming it's somehow promoting diversity.

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@strypey @bob @mike It's really a question of margin. Look at who is being given enormous bending-over-backwards-with-excruciating-wordplay benefit of the doubt and who is being pretty much disregarded entirely.

@bob All I've seen is a single email from a much longer conversation. perhaps you've read something I haven't. Because deriving that conclusion from a single decontextualized email is drawing a long bow, to put it politely.
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@strypey @bob

All you have to do is read other comments and actions by Stallman over the years. Pedophile apologist until last year. Sexist.

Most of the condemnation of Stallman's most recent statements were not, "This lone despicable assertion must not stand!", they were "This is the last straw, and we should have acted years ago."

This is from women and men in the GNU project and MIT.

@mike *sigh* we've covered the pedophile thing. Making a mistake about ethics while trying to be principled - even when that means going against common sense - is not a hanging offence. "Sexist" is a matter of opinion, but even granting that's it's obviously true because he's a man in a patriarchal society, and one born in the 1950s to boot, that's not a hanging offence either. If those claims have the same substance as this one, I'm not impressed. Smoke doesn't always mean fire.
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@mike but what is interesting is that you are implicitly admitting that there are people who have been gunning for him for years, waiting for the ideal opportunity to assassinate his character and marginalize him. I don't see the success of people who work like that as a cause for celebration.
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Hopefully, Stallman bowed out because he was happy to pursue his own projects without the weight of MIT and the FSF on his shoulders. But he hasn't said that publicly, that I know of.
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