Torvalds on politics

A recently written blog post by Linus Torvalds provides a detailed sentiment about the common concept of thinking in either black or white, focusing on the topics of Richard Stallman, GPLv2 and the President Elect Barack Obama. In essence, Linus expresses the uneasiness most of us feel about black and white thinking, or rather single-issue people.

In regards to FSF and GPLv2, understandably, Linus’s sees Richard as a one-sided figure or element that, in his mind, is not particularity useful. He explains that Stallman, among others view issues with a very closed mind. The fact is, there aren’t just two sides to any issue, there’s almost always a range or responses, and “it depends” is almost always the right answer in any big question. And not being even willing to see the other side makes for bad decisions.

More importantly, on the focus of the posting, Linus feels the same for the recently defeated republican party down south. He appraises Obama for not falling into this category.

I’m certain that what Linus sees in Obama is what many others see as well – looking beyond his experience of making policy in the US, his ability to think and analysize all situations are rather positive. Even though one might consider his views “indecisive”, it’s a good thing.

Linus explains that one must not be 100% all gung ho towards a particular issue, one must always analysize and evaluate.

Linus makes a great point here, “I love seeing people who are really passionate about what they do, and many people have something they really care about. It’s just that when that becomes something exclusionary, it often gets ugly. It’s not passion for something, it becomes passion against something else.

Without getting into a political debate; as a Canadian, I can only assume that the awareness of those who see this problem, discovered that John McCain (an honorable person) did not inspire leadership and consistency; thus a close minded individual.

Nothing in life should be ‘black’ or ‘white’.

Overall, reading his recent posting offered wise, thoughtful and insightful words for these confusing times. The posting touched on areas of open source but primarily focused on the politics down South.

Linus Torvalds blog can be found here



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