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Re: SCO laying an ambush for the GPL?

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: SCO laying an ambush for the GPL?
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 17:56:18 +0200

Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
> On Tue, 2004-07-20 at 16:57 +0200, Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> > Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> > >
> > > Greg Hennessy wrote:
> > > [...]
> > > > Jesus H Christ.Hasnt anyone told Moglen that the Berlin Wall fell in 
> > > > 1989 ?
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
> > ("Communism Is Not Dead")
> You are an idiot if you compare freedom for all with dictatorships.


The fundamental postulates of Stallmanism are revolving around 
certain "unalienable rights" for software users. If we assume 
that the "right" in philosophical sense is a moral principle 
defining and sanctioning a man's freedom of action in a social 
context, then the concept of rights without property is somewhat 
questionable platform similar to other "collectivist" social 
utopias which historically provided the terrifying experience of 
human rights abuse. History had shown that hypertrophy of 
collectivist rights makes an individual too dependent upon other 
people, especially leaders ("cult of personality"), including 
leaders wrongdoing, and thus implicitly undermines the right for 
individuality which is a fundamental contradiction because, in 
essence, all rights are individual rights. This hypertrophy also 
objectively leads to the despotism and corruption of the leaders 
and George Orwell coined the underling fundamental contradiction 
in his immortal quote "All pigs are equal, but some are more 
equal than others."  It is interesting to note that in autumn 
1996, the FSF experienced a full-scale staff defection, blamed 
in large part on Stallman. Brian Youmans, a FSF employee hired 
by Peter Salus just before the resignations, recalls the scene: 
"At one point, Peter [Salus] was the only staff member working 
in the office." [Williams2002]. Further discussion of 
philosophical issues of interconnections between notions of 
"freedom" and "property" is beyond the scope of the paper, but 
we will touch another side of the problem of interaction of 
individual rights with the collectivist vision later when we 
will discuss the interaction of GPL with the acknowledgement of 
the work of others.



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