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Nick Ing-Simmons
April 4, 2000 14:54
RE: Ugly little beastie
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David Grove <> writes:
>The Perl 5 Porters group is the closest thing that the Perl Community has to
>a governing body. To my knowledge, the only person who can overrule them is

There are parallels with Britsh constitution here - from a century or two 
ago : Larry => monarch, Pumpking => Prime Minister, P5P => House of Lords, 
c.l.p => House of Commons. In the current period of perl history the 
monarch has stopped "running the country" himself and delegated it to 
the Prime Minister who has been nominated by his peers. Monarch retains
the right of veto, and in practice Prime Minister cannot "get away" with
anything serious because the other "peers of the realm" would intervene.
This form of government sufficed to build the Britsh Empire to its height...

>Like it or not, the group has to act as that governing
>body, and put a stop to these problems. 

We will when there are problems, right now there are not. 

>I believe very strongly that
>ActiveState is capable and willing to lead this language and community only
>to corporate domination, possibly under some misguided belief that Microsoft
>will help them get there and then miraculously leave them alone to enjoy
>their dominion. If the porters fail to recognize this, and fail to act

If the "Duchy of ActiveSates" alliance with the "Holy Redmond Empire" does 
not work out that may be bad for the Duke - but is not fatal to the 
Kingdom of Perl. In the meantime the indirect contribution to the 
nations coffers is of benefit to all the citizens, and having Redmond's 
"priests" educate the masses at their own expense is a good deal.

> This group is composed of some of the highest "ranking" members of the perl
>community, none of them willing to take a stand to defend this population
>from corporate monopolization. 

We will when it happens (or looks like happening come to that).

>With that rank comes responsibility, the
>responsibility to care about the community they serve, represent, and are a
>part of. There is nobody else to bring these issues to. Caring means not
>allowing something to be corrupted, nurturing it, and all of it rather than
>just this part or that.

Sounds like what we do.

Nick Ing-Simmons

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