I believe 100% he thinks this is best for Perl, and has the best of intentions. The goal of catering to hypothetical new Perl users by aggressively updating defaults or working on a restricted subset that’s easier to teach doesn’t agree with me personally but I’m just a nobody enthusiast shaking my head. They are trying to do good here.
I brought up this topic in the context of Larry’s “postmodern” talk because back then, he was talking about what made Perl different as a strength, and these recent talks seem so focused on *not* defying a new user’s expectations. I don’t read bad intentions into that, but it was very noticeable.