Sunday, January 13, 2013

Aaron Swartz, RIP


From my latest piece at the Center for a Stateless Society:

"How," John Kerry asked a committee of the US Senate (to which he himself would later be elected) in 1971, "do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"

That question was among the first that came to mind last week when I heard that [Aaron] Swartz had hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment.

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I sincerely hope that Swartz will go down in history as the last casualty of the war over "intellectual property" -- a 300-year war that, or all practical purposes, ended years ago in triumph for the forces of freedom and a total rout of those who rely, for their fortunes, on the power of the state to extract rent on people’s use of their own minds and bodies.

Read the rest here.
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