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Protecting Free Software Means Studying and Covering Political Affairs Too

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 10:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Self-censorship and overt censorship (like the EPO censoring us since 2014, blocking the site to prevent staff getting exposed to facts and leaks) would be one example of the political nature of scientific things, such as patents

Political censorship

Summary: We must allow ourselves to explore and to speak out about politics even in the workplace or in the context of our careers; As Richard M. Stallman once put it (and Stallman was right, as usual): “Geeks like to think that they can ignore politics, you can leave politics alone, but politics won’t leave you alone.”

“Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. ‘Don’t bother us with politics’, respond those who don’t want to learn.”

Richard M. Stallman said that a very long time ago and it became memorable/popular among many people.

“Microsoft and Bill Gates use that foundation as an instrument of power/influence (sometimes bribery), not just tax evasion.”The last and concluding part of the Thierry Breton series will come some time soon. The previous part talked about Benalla/Macron (related to Battistelli) and 3 days ago we explained how that related to the European Patent Office (EPO) and to software patents in Europe — a subject that impacts all software developers everywhere in the world. Everything is connected.

“Whether Richard Stallman was left temporarily homeless because of the millions of dollars paid by Bill Gates to MIT (through Epstein, who has since then died mysteriously in prison) is a noteworthy question.”Those who read all our articles closely enough certainly noticed the political machinations of the Gates Foundation when it comes to software. Microsoft and Bill Gates use that foundation as an instrument of power/influence (sometimes bribery), not just tax evasion. Failing to speak out about such issues, including bribery of politicians and overt tax evasion, would easily lead us astray. Whether Richard Stallman was left temporarily homeless because of the millions of dollars paid by Bill Gates to MIT (through Epstein, who has since then died mysteriously in prison) is a noteworthy question. Those things are difficult to prove indisputably, but assessing the probability based on evidence is possible. It’s only possible if we’re exposing ourselves to broader contexts of pertinent stories.

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