"I dunno about you, but I’ve never had any code I’ve written pass a Turing test then demand emancipation."
It seems most humans including yourself haven't passed it either. The GPL is about benefiting society(you know, the public) by guaranteeing the keeping of knowledge(code) available(free) to be developed upon by anyone instead of locked away to be forgotten(non-free) and thereby creating no benefit to society. Like copyright and patents were supposed to do before business self-interest twisted the intent of those laws beyond all recognition. GPL doesn't affect a developers freedom to choose at all. Don't like it, develop your own code instead of using the GPLed version. All you're whining about is not being able to use the convenience of using someone elses code without the price of giving back.
"Some developers prefer to favor the freedom of the people who get code from them, over the freedoms of people who might (or might not) get the code from someone else, second hand. That’s BSD licensing. I give you my code, you do what you want with it, including telling other people they can’t do the same."
Except that's only freedom for developers and explicit freedom at that. I does little for the users or public at large especially if a business takes the code and sues the creator to prevent his/her independent publication. It's happened. Code is locked away and lost to everyone.
"RMS’ claim that LLVM is somehow a “setback” because its developers choose to favor their immediate users’ freedoms is offensive. Stallman is in effect saying that developers *shouldn’t* have the freedom to decide how other people can use their code."
No, he's arguing that you're ignoring the long term cost for short term returns. A very common disease that has proven to be extremely costly over the last several years. Remember Apple owns and is in the drivers seat on LLVM and it's currently in their interest to keep it open. Interests change.
"Based on what I’ve read of RMS’ writings, I don’t buy his assertion that it’s about freedom of the code. It’s about undermining proprietary commercial software and moving towards a communism of software."
So? Read the implementation of copyright law in the constitution. As for communism, what are you a redneck? How much energy has been lost re-inventing the wheel in proprietary software not to mention knowledge lost due to being forgotten behind the locked door of proprietary copyright? RMS hasn't wavered in his views, it's the rest of us that changed.
"I really don’t have very much tolerance left for people claiming you can only be free if you do it their way. You keep using that word, but I don’t think it means what you think it means."
Your way, my way, whatever. Looking long term, you obviously don't either. Freedom if you can keep it.