11.03.20

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If Mr. Biden Emerges as Preliminary/Tentative Winner…

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 2:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: How to secure positive reforms for software freedom (and not prematurely, not when it puts those at risk amid impending election limbo)

THE WORLD is watching closely the events in the US (potential violence, threats, false ‘tweets’ prematurely heralding ‘wins’). We don’t really know which way it’ll go after polls close, but chaos is almost guaranteed and the final result will take weeks if not months to be reached (in the middle of December those things are being sealed by electors, in least in theory as there’s potential for high-level appeals).

“We don’t really know which way it’ll go after polls close, but chaos is almost guaranteed…”Progressives have long said something along the lines of, “vote Biden and then pressure Biden leftwards…”

Richard Stallman insists people should vote Green, except in “swing states” (where stopping Donald Trump is a higher priority than helping the Green Party grow and secure access to future ballots).

“We don’t expect the “lesser evil” (vice) presidential candidate to be “soft” on software.”Our prediction (shared by many who carefully assess the news) is that this coming January Mr. Biden will become President Biden (not just Vice President). The US can have a lady “of colour” (it’s a loaded term, we are aware) as its Vice President.

Then, but only then, it’ll be time to organise and act. We don’t expect the “lesser evil” (vice) presidential candidate to be “soft” on software. These people are already being bribed by software giants/monopolies that produce proprietary software, surveillance, and DRM. They want to guard their territory and maintain their domination.

Assuming our prediction is correct and assuming inauguration is set for (as scheduled) the middle of January it might be wise to not blast Biden and/or Harris too much. They have enough chaos coming their way (if they’re seen as tentative winners) from the extreme right.

“In a better world with a healthier society (not governed by plutocrats) we’d have elections with mainstream candidates who represent ordinary people rather than ordinary monopolies (oil, war, technology and so on).”Here in Techrights we’re likely to focus on software rather than politics for months to come. We’ll observe the situation of course, but we won’t participate in ‘pure’ politics as plenty of sites already do just that (and we link to them in our Daily Links).

USA prideIn a better world with a healthier society (not governed by plutocrats) we’d have elections with mainstream candidates who represent ordinary people rather than ordinary monopolies (oil, war, technology and so on). But for the time being it’s important to keep authoritarianism away. If you think the past 4 years “made America (US) great again,” then this post is not for you (maybe this site isn’t, either).

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