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More Questions for Richard Stallman

Posted in Site News at 9:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Readers are invited to ask questions which Richard Stallman can answer tomorrow (on camera)

LAST Friday I very briefly attended Drupal Camp 2013 (the event was in Manchester) and tomorrow (Friday) I will travel to meet Richard Stallman in Lincoln. I plan to do some filming. If you have questions to Stallman or just subjects which you would like him to address, please get in touch by tomorrow morning. I am trying to get an extensive record of his views on many issues, not necessarily just software. I typically ask questions which people around the Web relay to me, so assume that your polite questions will be asked and answered.

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4 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    November 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

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    I would love to have you ask him a number of questions:

    1) Did he coin the term “voluntarily pedophilia”, as it seems, and what does he mean by it?

    2) If a child is raped and the video makes it to the Internet, would he want this video to be allowed to be shown in the child’s school or should it be censored? Would it matter if the child was in high school? [Elsewhere he has made it pretty clear he would want it to be, but I would love to hear his comments on this... and want to give him a chance to correct what he may say are poorly worded comments from his past]

    These may be *uncomfortable* questions but I do not believe their is anything rude about them. They are based on asking him about his publicly stated views from his own website. In case people are not aware of his comments, these are all on http://stallman.org:

    “When making pornography involves real abuse of real children … that does not excuse censorship. No matter how disgusting published works might be, censorship is more disgusting.”

    – Richard Stallman

    “Blocking adolescents’ access to porn, or keeping them ignorant of sex in any way, is likely to stunt their emotional growth and make them vulnerable to mistakes that can hurt them badly.”

    — Richard Stallman

    “All of these acts [prostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia] should be legal as long as no one is coerced. They are illegal only because of prejudice and narrowmindedness.”

    — Richard Stallman

    “I am skeptical of the claim that voluntarily pedophilia harms children.”

    – Richard Stallman

  2. Michael said,

    November 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

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    One more question:

    Does he believe, ideally, that the code of all published software should be made, by law, to be open source, and if so how is this not removing the freedoms of the developers and owners of the source code.

    I am fully aware that you are not likely to ask him my three questions, especially the first two, but I sincerely would love to give him a chance to explain himself on these things. Maybe has has a reasonable explanation. Maybe he has merely worded things poorly in the past. It would be a great thing to ask him these things which others seem unwilling to (or do not even know to because they do not know his public comments well).

  3. dlsals said,

    November 29, 2013 at 10:43 am

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    Does he still regularly write code that is contributed to libre software projects? If so what projects? If not why not?

  4. pinguinpat said,

    November 30, 2013 at 6:07 am

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    Schools are one of the highways for Microsoft to access the market. But then entering the schools MS policy is as easy as getting into a bunker with a paintbrush.

    Can you give some tips to breakup this system When the minister doesn’t seem to have a clue what free software is about?

    Thanks!

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