Re: [dwm] Freedom (was: Re: sic ipv6 patch)

From: Doug Bell <>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 15:28:21 -0400

Sander van Dijk wrote:
> To reitterate:
> MIT/BSD just make software free.
> GPL on the other hand is not just trying to make software free, but
> also to govern in what way the receiver can use it. Now this may or
> may not be morally right, but that's a discussion all in itself. What
> isn't a discussion is that it's a restriction of freedom.
> In some situations, a benevolent dictator may be better for the people
> than total freedom, perhaps even better than democracy. Regardless of
> the level of benevolence though, a benevolent dictator is still a
> dictator, no matter what way you put it.

Maybe the ultimate in _individual_ freedom is the absence of
restrictions, but that ignores other very important freedoms.

But by your reasoning, the form of government with the most freedom is
an anarchy. Personally, I much prefer democracy.

A society that does not outlaw murder maximizes individual freedom for
the murderer. But I doubt that the murder victim felt very free.

A system of laws is necessary to protect individual rights. Are they
sometimes restrictive to the indiviual? Yes. But they are necessary to
a truly free society.

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