Thursday, July 12, 2007

Free Radicalism and Extremism

The war on terrorism is on. Radical Islamists better watch out, we're coming to getcha. More than before people have become aware of the dangers of fundamentalism and radicalization, however in IT this behavior has grown quite a bit in the past few years. What I'm talking about? This fella:

King Richard Stallman, head of the church of Emacs. The ├╝bergeek himself. He beliefs in pure freedom. According to him it is wrong to limit the right the usage of software. He and his pals do everything to force freedom on people. This seems contradictory -- taking away the freedom of choosing non-free software, but well... welcome to Richard's world.

Thousands of years ago we were hunters. Each had to catch his and her own deer, pigs and chickens and eat them. As we got better at this, not everybody had to hunt anymore and could focus on other things. Building houses, for instance. A house would then be traded for a number of chickens and cows. That's what capitalism was based on. According to Meriam Webster:

An economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market
Note the term used here: "ownership", "prices". It's all about money and intellectual property, not about giving away goods for free. Not about giving up rights to what your produce. If we would have done that, well, we probably had gone extinct long ago.

The real fundamentalists, like Stallman are the ones that ought to be stopped, but people don't seem to care at all. Instead this guy is treated like a god by some. Therefore I'm starting my own war or terror, the war on Free Software fundamentalism. Watch out mr. Stallman.