Kyle E. Mitchell on confusing open source license terms.
Why not simply deprecate all these troublesome terms? Or push for more “correct” definitions? Because that doesn’t work… It’s all as self-limiting as…calling the Kindle the “Swindle”… The difference between the names we use and the names everyone else uses are merely unintentional lists of our clear political losses.
Many activists rely on ideological purity over more nuanced tactics, as the latter requires rigorous self reflection.
Having a simple playbook makes it easier to define for new members, and makes clear when the in group is performing their dogmatic duties.
These are real benefits to organizing. The problem: it doesn’t work well for achieving actual change.