It is immoral to exclude people from knowledge and from beauty

Eben Moglen with more words of wisdom.

Die Gedanken Sind Frei: Free Software and the Struggle for Free Thought
Wizards of OS 3, Opening Keynote – Eben Moglen – June 10, 2004

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He talks about the history and struggle for the freedom of thought, economic justice and the equality of persons. The struggle against control of education and publication by the universal catholic church , control of printing and censorship of learning by state power, control of knowledge and culture by owners capitalistically motivated and idealogically inclined.

We can eradicate ignorance at the expense of a few, we have to do it. — Eben Moglen

Here’s a poem that was mentioned in the talk.

I think as I please
And this gives me pleasure.
My conscience decrees,
This right I must treasure.
My thoughts will not cater
To duke or dictator,
No man can deny
Die gedanken sind frei.

German 16th-century peasant song

Die Gedanken Sind Frei.
Another quote:

The perpetuation of ignorance is the beginning of slavery — Eben Moglen “

Free Culture: What we need from you

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Lawrence Lessig
Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

In this talk, Professor Lessig describes the Free Culture movement, and the support it needs from Free Software. The struggles and the threats are largely parallel. The solutions need to be parallel as well.

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Recorded August 15, 2006