Re: Meeting reminder - Free Software Manchester - tomorrow 7pm
On Nov 12, 2007 3:10 PM, Noah Slater <nslater@...> wrote:
> I am going to draw a comparison that is clearly blown out of
> proportions - but in doing so I hope to illustrate the fallacy of such
uhm, the problem I see here is that you are trying to make people
realize that they are "guilty" of something. Similar to certain RIAA
arguments... You don't persuade a criminal to get "legit" by telling
him he's morally wrong, but by painting crime-free life like a better
option (no fear of capture, access to social services, more respect
from people, etc etc).
I think we should spin it in a more positive way, like (i'm
improvising) "yeah, but by using/developing FS, you don't just feed
your kids, you help people in economically disadvantaged areas" or
"you'll probably find more help to deal with problems" etc...
just my 2p
> If you spoke to someone who was involved with organised crime, drug
> dealing and prostitution and told him that you thought it wasn't an
> ethical way of life can you imagine him turning around to you and
> "But I have a wife and kids to feed!"
> Just because something pays money does not mean it is ethically correct.
> No one is compelled to earn money in any particular way - if you feel
> strongly against the ethics of something you cannot plausibly continue
> doing that thing under the pretence of "earning a living". At least,
> it makes no sense to me.
> Noah Slater <http://www.bytesexual.org/>
> "Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so
> far as society is free to use the results." - R. Stallman
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