Being clear in principles also means: Being clear in the political way, for human rights and diversity including equal rights. And free software was always about politicial positions. But they were clear. Now with the on-going failure of many institutions including people and names there are demagogues coming up. I don't like it, but to mention that: You know about the political third position? The one telling being some kind of apolitical? Okay, with this mindset everything is possible and while being for "freedom" now this can be changed furthermore in the future as mind- and ruleset are "fluid". The demand for having FSF and GPL failing is coming up from the same people. The point being? Look into history: For every fast opened revolution there were participants searching for just one thing named "power". Should I demonstrate it?
Starting with: Just a little bit of "power", for some small amount of time when everything is "fluid" and after that this all will be clear.
And after that "amount of time": Oh okay, not cleared up? Let's take another period. But after that it will be ready. We / I just need MORE power and influence.
Guess what: The sentence is going to repeat for long, either being replaced by any other escalation or nothing further. Perhaps I'm drawn into a just darker picture? Well, could be. But phrases like "Revolutions tend to eat their children!" don't come up from nowhere. To be clear enough: I don't think with this mindset anything can be created and instead this is just one further nail into the coffin. Let go FSF and four freedoms? And then what? Creating political power? Wow, and some jump directly on this train: Power won't end up good cause nobody should have it and instead it should be shared. If this is the future of "free, libre software" and "free culture": Please don't count on me. No power for anybody as I thought this should be instead the major issue we have to overcome and being clear onto principles like having freedom of choice, not becoming "social influencer" in some way. Teaching people to think on their own, fight for others and to show solidarity under different circumstances. That's the opposite of bearing and creating "power" and "influence". Instead getting away from this failed imagery, this nice hearing but bad clearing fairy-tale with "good ending" for most of history shows up the contrary. People died in fighting for equal rights for beings on earth, we are at a point we have to be clear about that. Or is this information overflow of the global network too much? You can search everytime for the consequences. Perhaps under just a complete other system with other rules this could work. But global politics are just dirty these days and making compromises end up also nowhere, just more of the same: systemd is not that kind of bad ... one sentence, and another following the one before because companies pretending being for "freedom" and the founded political movement is going to do what? Well, more of the same. Ending with (free) citation of Snake Plissken: The more things change, the more everything stays the same!
How fatal could it be? Very! With this concurrent situation of policy this is going to fail and why thinking to repeat what others took over the edge and into the ground of failure? The misbelief of "doing it better"? For the greater good? Oh, things with human rights work "so good" these days - no, even not near the actual situation. That's a daily fight and on every good news another bunch of bad is following. So there is much work to do and some of "us" are thinking about being a political movement? Good thought, later on, very much later on. Perhaps if "we" can make it in the next fifty years or better a hundred years without destroying everything or creating more suffering? Fight for equality today to fight for freedom, security and privacy in the future. Not with false, shortened claims today AND in the future more lies! Because what about projects like Hurd? Being honest: The microkernel is one good idea, but where is it now? And why is there no further statement from the FSF or the GNU-project itself while the "Linux-kernel" is in some way always claimed as "alternative"? That's good joke, isn't it? Projects like Hyperbola have problems with interest and donations, but hey let's build a political movement on something sounds like "freedom" - for now. I don't get that: And what about trademarks? The situation with licenses? The foundations behind many projects - Mozilla, Linux and many more? In some ways for "freedom", but with capitalistic approach. But the demagogues are in telling us more about it: Full political movement is a new buzzword, let go the old ones ... just another. I've said something similar but with a complete other mindset getting people completely independent in their rights for information and software. Not building another failed concept and I can't believe it having those readings again on some websites about "free, libre software". Clear up the projects and make the real freedom for a choice reality. After that you are more believable! A real compromise respecting all sides within is helpful and I don't want to destroy but question those shortening phrases and wordings as they do nothing helpful instead spreading more really bad consequences and regarding that making compromise just out of accommodativeness or some sort of operator convenience stays a problem, undermining basic principles.
In an utopian view we get it to overcome capitalism. Won't happen now and doubtful if humans can let go of greed and power. But better with all in instead!
Human being in favor with clear principles and so also for freedom in soft- and hardware!
Certainly anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices: For a life of every being full with peace and kindness, including diversity and freedom. Capitalism is destroying our minds, the planet itself and the universe in the end!