Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Sep 2009 13:35 UTC, submitted by Hiev
Mono Project If you don't like personal, blog-style reporting, you might want to skip this item. A few days ago, during a speech at Software Freedom Day in Boston, Richard Stallman has, at least in my book, crossed a line that I thought he would never cross.
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Sigh. This is, as I pointed out above, absurd. RMS does not have the power to 'oppress' anyone. Stating that he thinks what they're doing is wrong does not equate to oppression.

Indeed. It's interesting how so many people fall for this little trick where the big guy frames the little guy as the oppressor and everyone just laps it up - it's a widely-used political media technique that should be familiar to most Americans and lots of other people besides.

Of course, should one point such manoeuvres out, it has been known to upset the occasional drive-by agitator/astroturfer:

After all, one cannot manufacture public opinion while others point out the absurdity of one's illusions.

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