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It is immoral to exclude people from knowledge and from beauty

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Eben Moglen with more words of wisdom.

”Die Gedanken Sind Frei”: Free Software and the Struggle for Free Thought

Wizards of OS 3, Opening Keynote - Eben Moglen - June 10, 2004

Read the transcript and visit this page to download the video.

He talks about the history and struggle for the freedom of thought, economic justice and the equality of persons. The struggle against control of education and publication by the universal catholic church , control of printing and censorship of learning by state power, control of knowledge and culture by owners capitalistically motivated and idealogically inclined.

We can eradicate ignorance at the expense of a few, we have to do it. — Eben Moglen

Here’s a poem that was mentioned in the talk.

I think as I please

And this gives me pleasure.

My conscience decrees,

This right I must treasure.

My thoughts will not cater

To duke or dictator,

No man can deny—

Die gedanken sind frei.

—German 16th-century peasant song

Die Gedanken Sind Frei.

Another quote:

The perpetuation of ignorance is the beginning of slavery — Eben Moglen “

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