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GNU, GPL, Open Source It's been a while since we caught up with Stallman. But a couple months ago we took a look around at what's happening with law, politics and technology and realized that he maybe perhaps his extremism and paranoia were warranted all along. So when we were contacted by an Iranian Linux publication and asked if we would like to publish an English translation of a recent interview they had done with Stallman, I thought that it was a particularly rich opportunity.
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is egoistic because he thinks that, just because he declared proprietary software to be "wrong" (never mind it's not really wrong if it doesn't come with DRM), the whole world has to agree with him. Otherwise, you are either a) brainwashed b) a pig who only cares about comfort and not "freedom" (never mind that no constitutional freedoms are violated by proprietary software) or c) on the payroll of some company making proprietary software (yeah, right).


The problem with what you said is that the US Constitution (and Bill of Rights more specifically) is far from being the absolute authority on human rights and freedoms, in fact the document itself says as much. There are a lot of freedoms that can be violated without crossing the boundaries of constitutional rights; for examples you may scan the news headlines over the past few years.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a proud American who greatly enjoys the freedoms granted by our founding documents, though they are slowly being eroded in current times. I'm just practical enough to realize that no man made document can be absolute and perfect; it's up to our interpretation of the writers' intentions, along with plain old common sense, that help to define what our rights really are.

I find it particularly disturbing that respected government leaders from my own state are daft enough to claim that even an accidental miscarriage during a pregnancy is grounds for arresting and charging the mother with murder. That sounds batshit insane to any normal person, but there are people out there who actually supported that position enough to keep those politicians in office. Thankfully they are few and far between, but just the thought of someone out there eager to put their own warped ideas above the freedoms of innocent mothers who were victims of a medical anomaly made me gag.

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