Some weeks ago, I was criticized on KDE Cafe group on Telegram because, when I see that after months of inputs some people still have a very enormous misconception of EU, I insisted on informing them.
It happened the same to Jonathan Riddell’s post about EU: some people have repeated endlessly that it was not the place to talk about it. Let me explain why I disagree.
Free Software is a political movement.
KDE, FSF, Mozilla and many others aren’t groups of simply geeky people. They are made by people that do a political choice: it’s named Free Software. When you use, develop and promote Free Software you are doing a real political choice, stronger than voting.
Politics is about choices, not institutions
You do politics when you decide to buy a product instead of another. When you decide to boycott a corporation. Because of ethics, social impact, Environment, for workers, for humans, for non-human animals. It doesn’t matter the reason: that choice is the real politics, not the debates about candidates.
In KDE we are friends first of all
Sometimes, some KDE members (I consider members also users of KDE software that simply express thoughts on the web) seems to think that KDE contributors are hired by them: they pretend contributors work without express thoughts on topics different from KDE software. This would be OK as relationship between workers and who hire them, but not for a community like KDE, where we are friends first of all. It seems that when a contributor has contributions to do he’s appreciated, when not he is left alone, like in the worst corporation: “talk about that out of the office” or “talk about that out of Cafe channel or KDE Planet” sound too much similar to me.
Compartmentation is one of the worse problems of our present society.
Reality is not made by compartments: politics, ethics, economy, research, health, education, Environment are not isolated topics, they continually intersect. The same for Free Software, freedom, culture, privacy, ethics, education etc. I know you are bored by politicians and you think politics is a totally different thing, but this is how they prevent you from getting interested in real politics. They make you hate politics, make you thought you can’t do political choice every day. They want movements like the free culture, Environmental ones and many others don’t collaborate, they them isolated, not exchanging thoughts. Compartmentation is not only this. It’s also about distinguish history and geography in education, and many other subjects because we shouldn’t make the connections. Connections mean awareness and awareness is what save people from dictatorships. In sociology the compartmentation is also what makes mass crimes possible, like extermination of the Jews and atomic bomb: everyone do his/her job without caring about the other links in the chain, because if they do, they will see the entire crime. This is also what let people eating meat: they delegate some workers to make grow animals, torture them, kill them and bring them to their tables. If people had to do it by their-selves, including kill animals, the number of meat eaters will strongly decrease.
There is an emergency in Europe.
Someone think that EU is an institution made by people from different countries. It isn’t. It’s based on an idea: the free trade or neo-liberism or anarcho-capitalism is freedom, it will make social equality, it will distribute resources equally. Because of this idea, people are suffering, people commit suicide, live in poverty. This is not collaboration between countries, this is a dictatorship by corporations made legal thanks to EU treaties.
Luckily KDE is made by people with great variety of thoughts.
I left the Cafe on Telegram because of comments like “I don’t know how public debt is made, I know how commits are made”. I don’t pretend you do a revolution. I don’t pretend you study the entire history of EU year by year. But I pretend respect: I pretend respect for those people that committed suicide and the ones are currently suffering. Me, my friends, my family, as a lot of Italians, in the last 5 years talked continuously with people, we organized conferences, in some case we convinced desperate people to resist, explaining how this crisis is made, how fight against it. Why and how to evade taxes, to survive. So it’s important that people with an Internet connection informed themselves how the public debts are artificially made and all the other mechanisms of neo-liberism, to save people don’t understand why they bankrupted, explaining why it’s not their fault.
I wanted to totally leave KDE because I thought it was mostly made by geeky people without empathy. Luckily some KDE members contacted me privately. Some of them are friends, but also others I didn’t knew and they contacted me just to say I was right about EU and that KDE is full of people with the same thoughts.
I don’t want to start a blogpost series on KDE Planet about EU. Instead I’m planning some Plasma Tricks posts, because I have tricks I can’t keep to myself, I have to share them. But I encourage you to understand me, Jonathan and many others that don’t care about compartmentation and do what they think it’s better.
Thanks to people that care about politics, ethics, society and friends. And thanks also to who commented against Jonathan’s post, you expressed your thought and it’s always appreciated.
That’s all, thanks for attention.