UNESCO recognition: nothing to be proud of
This foolish goal reminds me of the days of boot-licking courtiers who wanted nothing more than to be recognized by the glorious king, the same king who kept the real producers of the realm in serfdom and misery. The United Nations and its agencies are the new aristocracy of power and political pull, blithely consuming resources extracted by force in order to promote their special interests, such as humiliating their rivals (see UNESCO on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) and rewarding their friends or benefactors.
There is a huge danger that UNESCO may actually do what you ask and recognize Wikipedia as a World Heritage Site, after which Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation acquire an invisible mantle of state sanction and may begin to attract support from state-supported foundations and institutions of various types, which is to say, blood money. After a while, you turn around, and they own you, as surely as the king owns the royal printer.
Of course, this may all be a paranoid fantasy, since the UN is renowned for its unwavering support for American-style freedom of speech (/sarcasm). —Blanchette 23:36, 1 November 2011 (UTC)
Project too stale
- What kind of activity do we need other than signing the petition? -- OlEnglish (Talk) 04:09, 21 February 2012 (UTC)