Aaron Swartz’s Politics — This may explain the fury of the gov’t prosecution

Swartz doesn't seem to have been “liberal” or “conservative” by any dogmatic definition, although he probably would generally be on the liberal or even ultra-liberal side of things. I expect I'd have huge disagreements with him. But he had integrity. He condemned corruption wherever he found it. He wanted to make the system work for the people, rather than be a tool for the cronies. This made him a fly in the ointment, and apparently an enemy of the State.

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  1. Alain41 says:

    Agree that I would not agree with Aaron Swartz (or article author) on numerous subjects/policies, but it does seem that Aaron was not afraid to confront power regardless of political persuasion, and it’s obvious that he had a gift that will be missed too soon.

    If you didn’t read down to comments, Aaron’s mother, Susan Swartz, provided the following comment.

    “Thank you Matt.

    “In six days, on January 18th, it’s the one year anniversary of the blackout of Wikipedia, and some have discussed celebrating it as Internet Freedom Day. Maybe we should call this Aaron Swartz Day, in honor of this heroic figure.”
    This would actually be ironically appropriate: In 1998/99, when he was 13, Aaron was a finalist for Philip Greenspun’s Ars Digita prize. His project was to create a website that would serve as a compilation of human knowledge, in categories like an encyclopedia, that would be open so it could be added to by anyone who fancied himself an expert in any field on any subject. This was several years before Wikipedia was “invented.” “

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