International Journal of Inactivism — Mindless Link Propagation section

  • 06:22:12 pm on October 23, 2009 | 8

    Yet another Best Conspiracy Theory Ever: the Heartland Institute claims that the Free Software movement is rooted in Marxism, and that it’s really a pretext to crush your freedoms! [cached]

    The [US Federal Communications Commission] chairman […wants] to claim for the FCC the power to decide how every bit of data is transferred from the Web to every personal computer and handheld device in the nation. This is exactly what the radical founders of the net neutrality movement had in mind.

    The concept can be traced to an iconoclastic figure, Richard Stallman, a self-described software freedom activist who introduced the term “copyleft” in the mid-1980s. In his 2002 essay “Free Software, Free Society,” Stallman fiercely attacks the idea that intellectual property rights are one of the keystones of individual liberty, so important that patents and copyrights are affirmatively protected in the body of the [US] Constitution. […]

    Eben Moglen’s 2003 treatise The dotCommunist Manifesto is more honest about the thinking behind net neutrality — it’s sprinkled throughout with the language of communism’s great and bloody revolutionaries. […]

    […] Net neutrality divests control over the Internet from the private sector to the government. And in typical Marxist fashion, innocuous words — the language of neutralism and liberty — cloak an agenda that would crush freedom.

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Comments

  • ScruffyDan 06:42 on October 25, 2009 | #

    How does anyone take them seriously. I mean this is beyond absurd. I guess this means Google (a promoter and user of free open source software, and a proponent of net neutrality) is communist. Don’t let their billions in profits fool you!

  • frankbi 07:19 on October 25, 2009 | #

    How does anyone take them seriously.

    That is a very very good question…

    Don’t let their billions in profits fool you!

    Hahah. It’s like, well, the vast worldwide Jewish conspiracy.

  • greenfyre 23:54 on October 26, 2009 | #

    Great find Frank, LOVE the propagations you do

  • frankbi 12:05 on October 27, 2009 | #

    🙂

  • Heartland Institute has a notion of software freedom « International Journal of Inactivism 08:04 on October 31, 2009 | #

    […] more experience with. After publishing an essay by one James Lakely on their web site about the oh-so-scary Marxist plot behind the Free Software movement, they’ve put up another essay by Lakely which says this: [cached] Apple has approved the […]

  • Heartland ‘Institute’ criticizes conspiracy mongers (after touting conspiracy theories itself) « International Journal of Inactivism — Mindless Link Propagation section 11:46 on November 20, 2009 | #

    […] after Heartland has mindlessly regurgitated right-wing conspiracy theories itself. […]

  • Richard 03:06 on December 9, 2009 | #

    Uhhh… The Free Software “revolution”, in particular, is 100% Marxist. You’d have to be pretty stupid or deeply in denial to not realize this. They have Che posters in their offices and everything.

    “In the long run, making programs free is a step toward the post-scarcity world, where nobody will have to work very hard just to make a living. People will be free to devote themselves to activities that are fun, such as programming, after spending the necessary ten hours a week on required tasks such as legislation, family counseling, robot repair and asteroid prospecting. There will be no need to be able to make a living from programming.”

    “The paradigm of competition is a race: by rewarding the winner, we encourage everyone to run faster. When capitalism really works this way, it does a good job; but its defenders are wrong in assuming it always works this way.”

    ““Won’t everyone stop programming without a monetary incentive? … Low-paying organizations do poorly in competition with high-paying ones, but they do not have to do badly if the high-paying ones are banned.”

    http://www.gnu.org/gnu/manifesto.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Communist_Manifesto

  • frankbi 22:30 on December 11, 2009 | #

    Richard:

    Of course if you throw out the parts of the manifesto that don’t sound Marxist, then one can conclude that Free Software is “100% Marxist”.

    Consider your last out-of-context quote-mine; the front part actually reads

    “Won’t everyone stop programming without a monetary incentive?” […] But really this question, though commonly asked, is not appropriate to the situation. Pay for programmers will not disappear, only become less. So the right question is, will anyone program with a reduced monetary incentive? My experience shows that they will.

    Oh, by the way, why are you quoting from Wikipedia? I understand wikipedia.org runs on “100% Marxist” software.


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