by Robert Gilliland
In January of 2013 I read an article about the life and death of a brilliant young man named Aaron Swartz, who at the age of 26 facing 35 years in prison, committed suicide. He was, I believe, one of the great philosophers and activists of our time.
He thought deeply about humanity and fought for peoples right to freedom. The freedom he fought for wasn’t from physical chains and bars, it was from repression of information. He lived in a future the rest of us didn’t realise already existed, and fought to drag us into the here and now.
I had never heard of him before his death, which is sad given the list of things he achieved is nothing short of astounding.
“Aaron dead. World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder. Hackers for right, we are one down. Parents all, we have lost a child…
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