Today another posting with a far more widening perspective - including the technical aspects later on: So what is a correct fitting and believable criticism towards capitalism? There are different possibilities but from my experience and knowledge just only a few being really without intolerance, harassment, dogwhistle politics and schemes full with structural antisemitism and literal hatred. Simple as that: Start with yourself. We are all into this and we cannot make ourselves free from any kind of responsibility. With little steps you can start analyzing your own consume, your own issues and be aware of: You will run into mistakes! Meaning also don't think at anytime that you have fully understand all social and political aspects coming up.
You want an example? Here take this: Do you think of corporations and companies doing something just intentional for being "evil from the roots"? Think again: There are human beings into this and everyone has own goals to reach. The result maybe of course very problematic, but this is not done intentional. Same with ideologies running around these days thinking of political actors doing something out of "evil" or being "evil". Well, no - okay not in the first place? Most time we as human beings do something out of different actions and reactions. Sometimes of course intentional, but having any "great plans" behind something, some "evil groups" getting into politics is just the first failure of many to follow afterwards as this is a dark road with darkest outcomes later on. What do you think can extend out of this? The mob running around with fire and weapons on the streets for searching some individuals or groups being "responsible" for whatever. Another simple but very fitting viewpoint: Just have a look onto human history itself, just look onto the ways disturbing opinions get holding the global society and just get a step back looking onto yourself. There you have the first and only being responsible. Yes there are many things coming out out of capitalism being harmful, being not fair and literally the other way around for living in peace and harmony. But getting "peace" with hatred doesn't sound like a rational concept. Getting people to know and discuss about alternatives, about free soft- and hardware for example is not done throughout carrying the water bucket behind them into proprietary services or communicating throughout these. And nevertheless Microsoft is nothing about an "enemy" or the "greater / lesser evil". Just another company as so many others. Well, okay: I don't like Microsoft and I don't like what they do. Do I "hate" the company? No, I don't and I won't write something like this down. And I won't search for intentional deeds for Microsoft literally destroying "free software" as greater plan. The outcome can be this, yes. But ask yourself: Who is responsible? The one offering some semi-free or proprietary services, firmware-blobs, frameworks, drivers and projects? Or the one using this because of convenience? Just look onto Phoronix for example and the comment section under some articles for GNU/Linux-libre. There you have the major issue as many individuals being just into this ignorance (no, not Phoronix itself in the first place and of course not all users and individuals behind comments, as this is what they all are - also at Microsoft: INDIVIDUALS), Making a difference for being believable and remember not to follow shortened phrases and descriptions, they can be harmful enough, ending just in real bad consequences. And that's about it: The consequences, not just for you, not just for me, for everyone. it is all about arrogance and ignorance: If you just see yourself and to follow some ideology making only others responsible you should think again. Even though many harmful things started as "good intention" back than, and afterwards? Be aware of that even behind the callout for "peace" there can be even more. Peace for which people and beings exactly? For everyone? Okay. Not for everyone? Not okay, definitely not okay.
And I know: This is all far more complex when looking at the blue planet in a whole. But just start with yourself and question your own actions as first step. Look behind the phrases, search for wordings and phrases as they define our reality. Hateful speech, harassment - therefore I name most platforms anti-social - has also consequences we can literally see for now. Stop that for yourself, criticize companies, groups and individuals? No problem. But with reasonable arguments and even though it is reasonable that somebody just don't want to use something. Systemd is too big and too complex for handling own modifications? Okay. No personal insult given, rational of course for own individual ways. And besides that: You can also look for projects like Hyperbola getting more input for the community here, so everyone else reading here has also information shared doing for example PKGBUILD-scripts. A perfect situation and no need for some faulty projections coming up from anywhere.
There is the best way to discuss and challenge ideas being worth as they are inclusive.
But let's get deeper into capitalism and WHY exactly this cannot be part of a free culture (from my point of view): From structural thinking and theories ahead capitalism is not able as "system" to react towards progressive and inclusive changes, so talking about "free soft- and hardware" we can see many examples for this out there. Just the company "Purism" is a very good example: Yes, there are some progressive thoughts but in the end it is just more about some marketing-picture itself "Purism" is up to, not about real progression, not about real inclusion and exactly not about criticism. Even though if one company is willing to do - remember the individuals as every human being counts - in the end just numbers and financials are the real deal up to. Same with Microsoft: Loving "open-source"? Okay, but when it comes to financials the best ones, the best arguments are driven out when money comes into and investment is needed. Same also with "Red Hat": Best intentions, but it's all about numbers, not about ethics. Therefore we should have organizations being critical towards this, having questions and also have a look onto declarations. A kernel full with proprietary firmware-blobs? Well, okay FSF-certified distributions don't have this, but there is much work to do and this won't be easier in the near future. Is the community prepared for this? Is the community clear looking behind problematic services? Or is it more about shortened phrases coming up from FSF or FSFE? Capitalism as systematic approach doesn't understand a "free culture", sharing information and knowledge without any other purpose to get something back. But that's even not the whole truth as free culture gets back many things as society itself can tryout for progress, being progressive and reflective in the same ways, not getting back into darkest ways and reactions (all to read in human history and events). I have doubts that the communities (plural here noted) are prepared and the ever ongoing discussions about restrictions won't help as egoism is nothing helping here. Restrictions needed to give modifications back, not making some fork out of it and share exactly nothing (there is the BSD-problematic mentioned). I have doubts and I have hopes, of course there are thoughts not finalized into here, of course I have not everything right taken as fact mixing up wishes and perspectives. But this is also an important point at the end: The situation is complex as society itself is, so we can go only through this as society and community, not alone. And after all we have also to look onto democracy itself as highest value for political and social participation, inclusion and not exclusion. As "freedom of speech" is not becoming a danger of itself: It has its boundaries, to respect others and not to try harassing them, to exclude beings for whatever reasoning - which is fact is inhuman. Exclusion for anti-democratic reasoning? Yeah, possible but better to give reasoning why something is reasonable inhuman and against living in peace. And please: Stop trying to give reasoning that nationalism or harassment of minorities in any form is reasonable or same opinion as any other democratic viewpoint! This is wrong, terrible wrong and harassing others is part of egoism, which itself is part of capitalism. Only very hateful projections as in the end: You win because others lost something. That's the price I've mentioned in the beginning, so our consume has consequences and we have to reflect about that as this is an individual responsibility. It is about suffering and illusions working, as suffering is the way taken for many beings on earth without ever having any kind of choice for them and illusions is the named part of ignorance and arrogance thinking that capitalism is the only choice we have to live in peace and liberty. Ask yourself: How big is the price we have to pay now and how big could this become for others to come after us? For later generations growing into hateful society, literally mountains of waste for older devices no one longer seems to want / need and a system where it tends back to where someone is born into, because knowledge is "restricted" behind paywalls. Is this a peaceful future for humans, for beings on earth? Doubt it!
GNU/Linux had the chance of changing as many older devices were supported. But nowadays that's even lost more and more: What's next? Well just "progression", but that's for a price throwing old out and getting more newest hardware and software - without any kind of questioning. You name it: systemd and others were created with this in mind. NVidia has never opened their drivers, AMD does the same and just getting the illusion of having some kind of opened framework around doesn't make this better. Firmware-blobs needed having 3D acceleration, that's it. Wifi, bluetooth and many more only works for proprietary reasoning. And now just more people cry out for throwing 32bit out of the kernel: More and more distributions getting behind that. Arch Linux? Ubuntu? You name it. Is GNU/Linux the place to be when looking onto all of this? Better to freeze the situation now and Hyperbola is one further chance we have.
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!