Free Software Magazine: Is Free Software "Communist"? Maybe Yes...
Aug 08, 2006, 03:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)
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"Some prominent people have called free software 'communist' in
an attempt to bring Cold War bugaboos to bear against the
movement--a kind of 'nuclear option' of FUD. I remember the
paranoia of the Cold War personally, and I thought then (and I
still do now) that it was 'just stupid.'
"So rather than react as some have done with a knee-jerk 'no
it's not!', I propose to accept the label and see where that
insight takes us. Maybe there is something communist about free
software? I think we will see, however, that the idea behind free
software is far more radical: no less 'communist' than
'capitalist,' but no more so, either..."