#HatTip to #GeoffGreer for that update, which was added to the bottom of his excellent summary of what happened to Stallman and why it's so disturbing to anyone who cares about natural justice and due process:
@strypey Yes, RMS has made an outstanding positive contribution to the world. He has also made a series of negative ones.
That article is selective in how it reports "the incident", including reductively defining the whole thing as "an incident" in the first place. Other people are characterising it as the final straw, where no-one expects that "the straw" in and of itself was significant, but that the accumulation of straws over time has become intolerable.
There don't seem to be many people who are discussing the whole issue without bias, which is to me a much more disturbing trend. Once again we have only "two sides" to a situation, with all the implied hostility that brings. There are many many more than two sides to anything.
However both he and the WaPo failed to mention the long-term dissatisfaction with RMS's non-Free behaviour. I don't think the Gnome Foundation's ED asked FSF to drop him because of this incident alone (or more specifically, not because of the inaccurate press surrounding the incident).
I agree with @strypey on what I think his position is (assuming it's "this incident is not serious enough for the outcome"), but I suspect that the outcome is probably justified when looking back at the long list of "offences".
Partly I guess the dropping by MIT was more related to them having put themselves in an untenable position over the years. But the FSF presidency seems like a reasonable change.
> I suspect that the outcome is probably justified when looking back at the long list of "offences".
This seems relevant:
"There is an underlying current of fear in my activist communities, and it is separate from the daily fear of police brutality, eviction, discrimination, and street harassment. It is the fear of appearing impure. Social death follows when being labeled a “bad” activist or simply “problematic” enough times."
@yojimbo and fron the same piece:
"And yet, grace and forgiveness are hard to come by in these circles. At times, I have found myself performing activism more than doing activism. I’m exhausted, and I’m not even doing the real work I am committed to do. It is a terrible thing to be afraid of my own community members, and know they’re probably just as afraid of me. Ultimately, the quest for political purity is a treacherous distraction for well-intentioned activists."
@yojimbo also this:
"But when dictates aren’t followed, a common procedure of punishment ensues. Punishments for saying/doing/believing the wrong thing include shaming, scolding, calling out, isolating, or eviscerating someone’s social standing. Discipline and punishment has been used for all of history to control and destroy people. Why is it being used in movements meant to liberate all of us?"
It's an insightful piece, and worth reading in full.
"Notice the tactics. X has made a remark/ has behaved in a particular way – these remarks/ this behaviour might be construed as transphobic/ sexist etc. So far, OK. But it’s the next move which is the kicker. X then becomes defined as a transphobe/ sexist etc. Their whole identity becomes defined by one ill-judged remark or behavioural slip."
- the late #MarkFisher
I do not think this is about tactics, but about lousy community management. FsF should have applied basic democratic organisation since a long time, they did not despite feminist around asking them to do so . Its very sad that the passation of power did not happen in better conditions and before, but I guess the white males who had the power to make this happen did not do their job at the right time. Rms being called a sexist is nothing new, rms supporting minor's rape is nothing new.
As a rule of thumb, every organisation (would it be social or corporate) should renew their leadership positions, we cannot do anything about corporate dynasties, but at least we can set a model of democratic debate in our organisations . It is very urgent that FsF puts in place the means for an open debate about leadership.
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