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@pants @balrogboogie The statement that "proprietary ownership of software gives the owner unjust power" is perfectly correct, of course. Because software is a means. But this is true of all means. Private ownership of Amazon warehouses gives the owner unjust power. Private ownership of land gives the owner unjust power. Of apartment buildings. Of natural resources by governments.

The problem with the free software movement wasn't that it defends free access to knowledge.
The problem with the free software movement is that it made sure to sabotage itself, by putting its head in the sand about systems of power and pretending this is a matter of elaborate law codes like a programming puzzle.

This is how there was so much incredible work poured into Linux and BSD etc. only for the Web to end up the way it is today, for e-commerce, mobile etc. to end up the way it is today.

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@pants @balrogboogie "free" is a trap word to obscure the flows of power. if you say "water should be free for Nestlé to come and fence it", you are empowering Nestlé to the detriment of people (BSD license). If you say "the rivers in our city should be freely accessible by fascist warships", you are giving resources to fascists (GPL Freedom 0).

The refusal of the free software movement to take a stance against capitalists has empowered capitalists, because Amazon can get a lot more power out of all the "freely" available code than individual workers can, in the same way that Nestlé can get a lot more power out of a spring than you can.

Moreover the very unspoken premise that this is a problem solvable by licenses in a legalist framework pressuposes that laws and courts are good and work for the people, preventing reforms of the real cause of software injustice: private ownership of the means of production. The freedom to see the source code means nothing if the server farms, networks, computer factories etc. are all controlled by a handful of capitalists.

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Linux was invented to stop family members from asking you to fix their computer.

When they know your answer is gonna be "Lemme install Linux on it" they don't ask.

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Yeah but have you ever listened to the hidden track at the end of Kapital

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I'm not here for a long time I'm here for a...

I'm here for...

Why am I here?

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Is there a leftist yachting forum, and why not?

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Stolen Jefferson Davis Memorial chair turned into toilet, confederate flag 

So the Daughters of the Confederacy refused the White Lies Matter group's demands. And they made this hilarious photo shoot visualizing what was gonna happen to the chair.

wlos.com/news/nation-world/gro

I fucking love this. I'm thinking about putting a print up in my bathroom.

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Marvel is literally the physical representation of Thomas Carlyle's proto-fascist Hero Worship theory.

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if you released blazing saddles today, people would be furious. they would say "wait, ive already seen this, this is just a shot-for-shot remake of blazing saddles"

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