This really fucking hurts, this person is fucking right. I won't abandon the free software movement, but still, I will reconsider a lot of things.
@avalos I don’t think the movement is over, not by a long shot. The thing that defines the movement is the idea behind it, and as long as the idea will live, so will the movement. That’s not to say its current shapes or forms are always desirable, but if we find that they’re not, we ought not to leave the idea together with the shape. The author has ceased to support the FSF; I can understand their reasoning if they found their way of fighting for software freedom inefficient, but if their conclusion is that the idea is not worth fighting for, I have to disagree. Worthy ideals will forever remain worthy; the best ways to live up to them may vary wildly.
It’s dangerous to think that you have to sacrifice everything for freedom or else you have failed. That makes sense for the FSF and for people who dedicate their entire lives to freedom, but not so much for others who need to care for other things, too. It works better to view each decision to use or avoid non-free software in isolation. If you give up two times out of ten, it does nothing to invalidate the other eight times you’ve succeeded. You may view those two times as your personal failures, but then you have eight personal successes to be proud of.
you might say they probably weren’t real friends if they forgot about me so easily. but they were real to me. try it yourself, and see what happens.
As a matter of fact, I do refuse to use Discord and other non-free platforms. And I did fall out of touch with some people because of it. I still consider them friends, and they are very real to me, but we have barely ever talked in the last few years, so practically we may as well not be friends any longer. Which is a shame, but it might be for the better. There are others who’ve been willing to use free software to talk to me. And I’ve made some new friends who had been accustomed to free software already.
Willingness to suffer slight inconvenience for the sake of another’s fundamental moral values should be a core element of friendship. I don’t want to go making significant sacrifices every day for someone refusing to make an insignificant one for me; it feels needlessly self-destructive, and I’d rather keep my conscience in tact for all the other things that matter to me in life.
If someone’s priorities are different, it makes sense they’d give in and use Discord. Maybe someone has friends who can’t use free platforms for reason more important than momentary convenience or slight preference; in that case, it makes even more sense to use Discord for talking to them. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to use Discord to talk to everyone else who uses it. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on freedom in any other decision you make. It’s not about you being as pure as snow; it’s about society taking little steps to that goal. Just do the parts you can and want to do.