It's the self-opiniated developer, convinced that he's right, that either races down a dead end to oblivion, or drags everyone after him kicking and screaming that they "don't want to be forced to do the right thing"!
Look at me - much as I find relational theory very useful, I think relational *technology* is a dead end - a cancerous waste of resources that *cannot* work - because it ignores reality.
Am I going to drag everyone down the road I want? I'm not a Poettering, I don't think I'm going to pull it off. But it's people like him, people like me, who make others re-evaluate. And I must admit, I like Poettering's approach - "it'll only work properly if it's done right". Why *shouldn't* he take broken stuff, and break it even more? If the end result is things actually work properly, then well done!