Pay will not disappear…

Quote from Stallman:

 “Pay for programmers will not disappear, only become less. So the right question is, will anyone program with a reduced monetary incentive? My experience shows that they will.”

That’s not so much a communistic, anti corporate etc. policy (as Stallman is often depicted) but quite the opposite: Pro corporation/anti employee.

Every corporation would love to cut salaries and staff. The biggest FOSS backers in the industry (IBM/SUN …) had the biggest layoffs too, and most of them before the current crisis.
The FSF gets funded in large parts by those IT corporations, who are the most ardent outsourcers and job cutters:

http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1887779,00.html

FOSS is a good tool to keep your employees in control (if you’re a large company). It is very telling how MUCH Stallman expresses his desire that programmers should get paid less:

Stallman’s quotes on the topic:

from:
http://www.gnu.org/gnu/manifesto.html
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/shouldbefree.html

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“The question, “How can we pay programmers?”, becomes an easier question when we realize that it’s not a matter of paying them a fortune. A mere living is easier to raise.

“The real reason programmers will not starve is that it will still be possible for them to get paid for programming; just not paid as much as now.”

“Pay for programmers will not disappear, only become less. So the right question is, will anyone program with a reduced monetary incentive? My experience shows that they will.”

“People with new ideas could distribute programs as freeware, asking for donations from satisfied users, or selling hand-holding services.”

“What the facts show is that people will program for reasons other than riches; but if given a chance to make a lot of money as well, they will come to expect and demand it. Low-paying organizations do poorly in competition with high-paying ones, but they do not have to do badly if the high-paying ones are banned.”

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Do you know any charity, which advocates lower salaries for certain people? Of all things, lower salaries for the people the charity supposedly CARES ABOUT?!

The last quote is totally telling – corporations which pay high salaries for programmers should be BANNED! How social!

No wonder corporations like IBM don’t have much problems with the FSF. Stallman’s desire is to put programmers on a low social level, barely above burger flippers. This is exactly what big IT corporations would love to see – many low paid workers, willing to do anything for a job.

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