According to general public definitions, "general public" means "everyone". Yet the GPL seems to be entirely concerned with the freedom to make changes to software.
few software users care about modifying software
few of those who care have the ability to actually do it
few of those who have the ability have the incentive to go through the steps to do it
How can the GPL claim to be intended for the general public, or take its interest and freedoms at hearth, yet though its oblations caters exclusively to the needs, abilities and resulting "freedoms" of a rather tiny and niche part of the general public (to which the author of the license belongs)?
I'd like to stress that I do not consider "Because it says so" as a valid answer. Making a discriminatory public offering doesn't make it any less discriminatory just because it is being offered to the public.
Due to allegations that "I have misinterpreted" what the GPL name stands for on merit of putting imaginary delimiters in arbitrary places - that is not the case, as mentioned several times already, my interpretation on what the "general public" stands for is based on the content of mission statements, philosophies and whatnot.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. We defend the rights of all software users.
As our society grows more dependent on computers, the software we run is of critical importance to securing the future of a free society...
"Worldwide", "all software users", "free society" - all of those strongly imply the general public, and nothing of what other users have suggested it may mean.
So perhaps a more interesting and insightful question will be why in the world would the allegedly competent and authoritative community on this site have such a hard time acknowledging something so obvious, so as to compulsively downvote absent provisional information, and meticulously seek to come up with pretty much any other possible combination of interpretations. That is so anti Occam's razor...