> Poettering keeps borging key FLOSS components because it gives him more power, not because his monolith is [technically] better.
That is pretty certainly not true based on the available evidence. You don't have to guess, you can watch his presentations, read his writings and make your decisions based on the technical arguments that he makes. Believing that he is living under a secret base in a volcano cackling at his "power" like a fictional Bond villan, twirling his mustache is your right I guess but just because that's what you believe doesn't mean it has any relation to reality. Making decisions based on opinions which are not real will not have the desired effects.