I'm sorry if I came out excessively harsh.
I don't think RMS is an elitist that want to sell as freedom the power for programmers.
He is simply the son of his country and epoch.
But the point is that what you and RMS (in total good faith!) consider "absurd", I see as inevitable.
Pascal, HTML, Python were explorations of this idea that computing should be simple enough to be a method of expression..