In short, wiki projects existence itself is a political act.
Furthermore, it's a "liberal" (in wide sense) political act: you may
attribute values as free and universal access to knowledge to various
political factions, but these values are the founding principle of this
virtual place.

Also, even neutrality is a political act. Without bringing Orwell into our
small mess, *aiming at* saying the truth (or whatever it might be) becomes
a revolutionary act.

I may agree some wordings/choices are questionable in consideration of
WMF's mission but neutrality is not algebraic zero. Actually neutrality
implies protecting our interests.


2017-03-02 14:55 GMT+01:00 David Gerard <>:

> On 2 March 2017 at 13:30, Peter Southwood <>
> wrote:
> > It is not possible to get away from politics while remaining in contact
> with civilisation. Politics follows you around. It is possible to ignore
> politics only until they affect you directly.
> Well, yes. Who are these people with lives of such privilege that they
> don't have to think about politics?
> Literally everything Wikimedia has ever done is heavily political.
> Here in 2017, the following are political:
> * scientific fact
> * acknowledging scientific fact
> * spreading knowledge without permission
> * the fact of education
> * availability of education
> That's just going off what's come out of the White House in the last
> month, off the top of my head.
> There is no such thing as "no politics", there is only "I am not
> personally reminded of the discomfort of others".
> - d.
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