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Re: python.el changes in emacs-24

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: python.el changes in emacs-24
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:26:58 +0900

David Kastrup writes:

 > At any rate, I am distrustful of any argument relying on the
 > catchiness of buzzphrases.

You mean like "Free as in speech"?

There is *nothing* but buzzphrase (an "emotionally attractive axiom",
if you prefer[1]) that distinguishes the Free Software Movement from
the Open Software Movement.  You would do well to remember that.

On the contrary, Tim's argument, while expressed in buzzword-like
terms, is well-founded in human psychology and the expertise of
marketing (without relying on the distasteful aspects of marketing).

The issue here is simply that on this list, the "economic" arguments
characteristic of open source advocacy are considered at best
incidental, and at worst harmful because they could (at least in
theory) lead to conclusions that contradict that axiom.

[1]  "We hold these truths to be self-evident."  Unfortunately,
"self-evidence" is at the root of the most extreme arguments for
applying capitalist principle to ideas, as well.  "A is A", as John
Galt would say.

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