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Re: gr_lenny vs gr_socialcontract

Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 09:54:08AM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >         I did not mean this to be argumentative. A rhetorical flourish,
> >  yes.  The quote is from a US politicial, and the analogy between the
> >  constitutions and bill of rights was amusing.
> Uh, surely it's obvious that following any example from a political arena
> is going to be much more argumentative than necessary?
> Politics is the art of making people who disagree with you look stupid
> and immoral. [...]

I hope any debian developer who is also a local councillor (or
higher?) would disagree with that.  Further, I suggest this sort of
belief is one reason why the debian project government seems
relatively nasty, noisy ineffective when compared with my small
village's council, despite both having about the same budget.  There's
a distrust of politics in the debian project, which is understandable
given the bad actions of some politicians towards freedoms most DDs
hold dear.  However, if certain rhetorical flourishes (including "Uh,
surely it's obvious that...") get left at the door, we could get more
good stuff done.

That said, as someone unfamiliar with US politics, I didn't get that
reference at all.

Also, I'm off to other stuff.  This thread appears to have stopped
being useful and I've voted already.

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