[License-discuss] "Ethical open source" and the Persona Non Grata clause.

Jim Jagielski jim at jimjag.com
Tue Feb 25 13:34:14 UTC 2020

> On Feb 24, 2020, at 8:44 AM, Eric S. Raymond <esr at thyrsus.com> wrote:
> With whatever moral authority I still have here, I say to all
> advocates of soi-disant "ethical" licensing not just "No" but "To hell
> with you *and* the horse you rode in on."

FTR, I find the final part of that sentence uncalled for. I also disagree with the idea of "ethical open source", but it adds NOTHING to the debate and discussion to disparage those who are speaking their PoV for it. I, for one, can certainly understand and appreciate what their goals and intents are, and in some way, I even agree with them. But on one hand to damn them for speaking their mind, while at the same time defending (for lack of a better word) those using our software to oppress fellow human beings by "allowing" them to continue using our software to do so seems hypocritical. Please show better restraint.

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