WMF tells Supreme Court it was wrong

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Renée Bagslint
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WMF tells Supreme Court it was wrong

Post by Renée Bagslint » Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:50 am

The WMF has issued its own ruling in the case of the US Government's recently imposed travel restrictions. It seems that the Supreme Court foolishly decided the case on the basis of the law, rather than, as the WMF so clearly put it "the longstanding ideals and values of the U.S. immigration system, and disturbing comments made by the current administration about the religious basis for some of these restrictions." I don't know wat those long-standing ideals are, perhaps those exemplified by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, or the Geary Act of 1892, or the Immigration Act of 1917, or the Emergency Quota Act of 1921, or the Mexican Repatriation during the Great Depression, or the Hart-Celler Act of 1965, or the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

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Interesting that the WMF is concerned only with the movement of Wikipedians into the United States, and not any other country. Let's consider Saudi Arabia as an example. You need a visa to visit that country -- not surprisingly. If you are not a Muslim, you will be denied entry to certain ports at certain times of year. If there is an Israeli stamp in your passport, you will be denied entry. If you are a woman, you must be accompanied by a man or be met by a male sponsor at the port to vouch for you. Where is the WMF in all this? Could it be that the WMF's outrage is more connected with US domestic politics than with the rights and freedoms of Wikimedians?
I wonder what the answer will be?

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Re: WMF tells Supreme Court it was wrong

Post by Auggie » Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:08 pm

Maher is politicizing the WMF. Not a good plan.

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Re: WMF tells Supreme Court it was wrong

Post by Renée Bagslint » Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:58 am

There are several reasons for the WMF to be politically active in this way. Firstly, it reflects Katherine Maher's personal views, which seem to be somewhere around the Democratic Socialist point on the spectrum. Secondly, it is popular with the staff and thirdly it is popular with the volunteers -- I group these together because they tend to come from a similar demographic, and indeed the sinecure jobs at WMF are there to reward particuarly loyal cult members. Fourthly, it is popular with the big Silicon Valley companies, some of which are among the big donors. Of course the big employers want the USA to keep sucking in trained technical people from around the world -- it keeps up the supply and keeps down the price, and gives them a competitive edge over their international rivals. Because there people are educated at the expense of other, poorer, countries, it keeps down the taxes in the US that these big employers occasionally deign to pay. So it's entirely rational for Katherine to position the WMF in this way, and it certainly doesn't do her any harm either. After all, she's spending someone else's money.

I noticed an interesting point about the blog post, by the way. It mentions "disturbing comments made by the current administration about the religious basis for some of these restrictions" and references Al Jazeera. Passing over whether that's a Reliable Source in the jargon, we see that the story is dated March 2016 and explicitly states "Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has called for a "total and complete" block on Muslims entering the United States." Well, that is disturbing, but it's simply untrue to ascribe that to the "current administration": it is one of many primary-era campaign speeches not a statement of current policy. Presumably such minor matters as accuracy pale into insignficance compared to the greater cause of using the donors' dollars to propagate The Truth.

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Re: WMF tells Supreme Court it was wrong

Post by Dysklyver » Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:58 pm

It's a known fact that Wikipedia is a liberal/left leaning American organization. It makes complete sense for them to be riding the democrat's anti-Trump bandwagon.

Is this a good idea?

Nope!
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