Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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There's a much simpler solution
by JoshuaS on Wed 4th Jan 2012 00:28 UTC
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You know, maybe we need to ask ourselves why SOPA exists in the first place.

It exists because we are selfish.

It exists because musicians and filmmakers only care about profit for themselves. It only exists because software companies only think about realising insanely large profits for their shareholders.

If we would all only care about making just enough money to pay the rent, the bus and dinner and for the rest had as our top priority helping our neighbor maybe SOPA and other tumors like it wouldn't exist because there would be no monsterprofits to protect. The first amendment would still be as glorious as it used be and social and environmental issues could be tackled with very high efficiency.

It's sad that in the west co-operation is seen as a roadblock to freedom, while in these dire times it has become crystal clear that it is the ONLY viable road to real and durable freedom.

And THIS is what rms has been saying all these years. I'd love to live in a country with him as president, maybe his stance on pedophilia is a little disturbing, but at least he still cares about the freedom of the little guy.

Whenever you see the chance, HELP somebody, whatever it may be with what, and don't just try to help people by voting. Let us become the change we want to see and let us destroy SOPA from the inside out in this way.

~ A Windows using guy, musician, economy student and NOT a communist agitator

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