Skip to main content

View Diary: Aaron Swartz Was Going Home With a Slap On The Wrist. Then The Feds Got Involved (274 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  who killed Socrates? (8+ / 0-)

    who killed Jesus?

    My answer (which may not be the final one) is this: No one person killed them. The system killed them.

    It's occasions like this where you can see that there is such a thing as the system. Every component lines up in precisely the right fashion so as to deprive this person of life. And it isn't by chance; there's an inevitability to it.

    The Obama administration decided to crack down on whistleblowers, creating a culture where this sort of witchhunt was encouraged. They set precedents by going after Bradley Manning, among others.

    A pair of ambitious, glory-hound prosecuters decided they could score brownie points with their bosses and get famous by going after this guy Swartz until he cracked. MIT caved and passed the buck to the feds, rather than following JSTOR's example, in order to appease the government. And I'm sure there are many others whose actions contributed to the death of Aaron Swartz.

    Like those famous martyrs, Swartz radically questioned the very foundations of the state--information should be free, he said, not under the control of the state. And that brought down the wrath of the state on his head.

    Like them, if he had only recanted, he would have been allowed to live at the cost of betraying the ideals he held dear. And like them, he chose his ideals rather than violate himself.

    Thousands of years have passed and we still debate who killed Socrates, who killed Jesus. We're going to be debating who killed Aaron Swartz for a long time.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 04:36:33 PM PST

    [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site