@xahlee I'm not sure that one instance going down equals the end of Mastodon. Sounds like the company that runs that instance is downsizing a bunch of projects, and disappointed that other instances grew much bigger than theirs.
the point is, you want to channel your thoughts into mainstream, the citizens. as i mentioned, open source or fsf been in practice for 30 years now. Do you want to forever live in tiny suppressed hacker group like dystopia scifi? or, change society so you are free, don't have to spend hours daily to avoid tracking, freedom, and chant open source stuff?
open source, or FSF, the idea, is that we programers would be free. We can for example not dependent on big corporations.
After 30 years, it gave us evil empires like Google, Facebook, Apple, all singing open source for the good of humanity, each with billion patents and whole PR department. While, you cannot sate hunger doing open source (except 1 in a million lucky ones).
ideology. That's the problem.