Jan. 12th, 2013 19:17
piranha: red origami crane (Default)
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aaron swartz committed suicide.

fuck you, depression. and fuck you very much, obama's department of justice. i know what and whom i am blaming here. if anyone ought to hurt tonight, it should be the people who think it's imperative that somebody like aaron swartz rot in prison for mass-downloading academic articles, while mass-murdering politicians congratulate themselves on their secret drone strikes and assassination without due process. but they don't hurt. countless people have been driven into ruin in the wake of the mortgage crisis -- but the architects of that crisis are not in prison. they don't hurt. "department of justice" -- what a sick, sad joke.

fuck you all, you murdering and avaricious assholes. if only there were justice in this world.

aaron was brilliant. creative. and funny. committed to social justice and the public good. and at only 26 years of age had already done more to make the world a better place than most people do in a lifetime. i hung out on an IRC channel with him and some other very smart people for a while; i was too tired to keep up with it, but it was amazing; inspirational and fun. i rage at the darkness that has taken a person like this from us.

laurence lessig writes at http://lessig.tumblr.com/post/40347463044/prosecutor-as-bully

"That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don’t get both, you don’t deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you."

if only there were justice in this world.

i am SO ANGRY.

cory doctorow's obit: http://boingboing.net/2013/01/12/rip-aaron-swartz.html#more-205376


on 2013-01-13 16:23 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] phoebe_zeitgeist
Yeah. I'm really only here to say that I'm so angry I haven't been able to even find words to post about it.

on 2013-01-25 05:46 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] sothcweden
You make an excellent point about how those who orchestrated the housing crisis haven't been punished (and in many cases have been rewarded), and how Aaron Swartz was indicted on multiple counts for downloading academic research which harmed nobody. While I saw no good in prosecuting him before, I now have fury over it. Thank you for improving my perspective.


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