RMS: Open source is an amoral, depoliticized substitute for the free-software movement


#1

Interesting, wide-ranging, long, new interview with RMS in the New Left Review:

A couple of quotes from it:

Open source is an amoral, depoliticized substitute for the free-software movement. It was explicitly started with that intent. It was a reaction campaign, set up in 1998 by Eric Raymond—he’d written ‘The Cathedral and the Bazaar’—and others, to counter the support we were getting for software freedom.

Basically, free software combines capitalist, socialist and anarchist ideas. The capitalist part is: free software is something businesses can use and develop and sell. The socialist part is: we develop this knowledge, which becomes available to everyone and improves life for everyone. And the anarchist part: you can do what you like with it.

He is also asked “What’s your view of platform cooperativism” and “How about a cooperative of users and workers?”.

Worth a read when you have a spare half hour.


#3

Thanks for sharing, @chris!