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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tanishaj
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2010-12-22

"Basically, he came up with his own version of freedom (aka 'The 4 Freedoms'), decided that was good enough for everybody, and then claims moral superiority over anyone who would dare to disagree.

You have built a big straw-man(please tell me how the 4 freedoms are bad).
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How is this a straw-man?

He did not say the 4 freedoms are bad. He said that they do not encompass 100% of the definition of "freedom" and that therefore fighting everything that does not match the definitions of the "4 freedoms" means that you are, at least partially, fighting against "freedom".

Stallman definitely does this. He has done a lot for the world for which we should be thankful. He also champions a very limited form of freedom of which we should be very leary.

There is "freedom to" and "freedom from". "Freedom to" do things is true freedom. People selling "freedom from" corrupt the idea of freedom. This is what the "War on Terror" is all about (freedom from terror in exchange for some of your freedom). It is also what the Free Software Foundation is all about (freedom from proprietary software in exchange for some of your freedom).

Not everyone agrees that living with proprietary software in the world is worse than giving up the freedoms that Stallman would like to restrict.

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