[Freedom-misc] What if RMS Really WAS President?

andyprough at gmail.com andyprough at gmail.com
Sun Jul 29 21:37:51 CEST 2018


 >Presidents have power in their country and it limited by the existing laws.  
To change the law usually requires approval from the chambers of law.  
Software companies and users (recall that most users _crave_ to use  
proprietary software) would for the most part oppose changes to the status  
quo and he could not do much, even for his country, let alone for the rest of  
the world.

Not to mention that we would not like to have a chief executive of a country  
with the power to destroy a whole class of software with the stroke of his or  
her executive pen.

That would amount to a tyranny of free software over proprietary. And at some  
point in the future the other side would gain ascendancy, and they would use  
the same executive power to outlaw free software.


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