There is another comment to the effect that, despite some problems today with licenses, they can only trust the FSF and their "or later version" licenses to fix things, long term.
This "problem" is not a new one. Burned in firmware, or microcode, has been around.... forever. Ever heard of the IBM 360? microcode everywhere. Being the most successful computer of its day, and arguably the most successful architectural design ever (still being a significant player today), I'm sure that its existence and general design features managed to penetrate the hallowed halls of the MIT AI lab.
Another shocking blind-spot is the "new" existence of cloud services, SaaS, etc. Only new if you have never heard of Multics, or of Compuserve, or spent more then 5 minutes thinking about how real businesses and end users used computers in the 60's, 70's and 80's.
RMS, and by extension, FSF, have a shockingly poor view of how computers, electronics, software and networking are actually used by real people. (Of course, they don't care. The want to return to 1975 AI lab culture, not a better culture for everyone)
Unquestionably they have produced some very specific artifacts of excellence. Licenses, software packages, the occasional speech.
Lets not extrapolate that out to being the gurus of everything.