Interesting polemic against FSF philosophy, from an avowed Objectivist. A few tidbits:
So why does “freedom 0” include the phrase “for any purpose”? If the purpose is to use a program as an instrument of unjust power, wasn’t that what we were trying to prevent with the whole “free software” concept in the first place?
All four of the FSF’s “freedoms” are premised on the idea that the developer of a software program has no rights.
What if the developer doesn’t want to freely license his program to genocidal dictators, while still freely licensing it to others?
So “freedom 2” (in conjunction with “freedom 0”) turns the developer who falls for it into a slave, unable to require a price for his work and forced to give it away for free.
The “free software” philosophy is pure collectivism.
Unlike coercive slavery, Free Software slavery is all “in your head”.
The author seems to have had experience dual licensing with a noncommercial public license in the 1990s. The blog post was published on a site dedicated to their concept of “Open Software”. They originally published a license that preserved a clear right for the licensor to revoke permission at any time. It seems they’ve since moved to a license that blacklists entities involved in various nefarious behavior:
a) Criminal entities involved in the violation of individual rights, and any associated entities, including the members, owners, collaborators, beneficiaries, employees, contractors and affiliates of such entities. The term "criminal" in this context refers only to actions and entities that violate individual rights, not to those that are legislatively declared "criminal" by a government but don't involve the violation of individual rights. For a comprehensive explication of the concept of individual rights, refer to "The Ethics of Liberty" by Murray N. Rothbard. b) Government entities and wholly or partially government funded entities, and any associated entities, including the members, employees, contractors, affiliates, and net beneficiaries of such entities. This includes Corporations or other entities (including individuals) that hold contracts with government entities or government funded entities, and all associated entities, including the members, owners, employees, contractors and affiliates of such entities. c) Entities engaged in the advocacy or propagation of ideologies that are inimical to individual rights, including socialism, communism, fascism, racism, feminism, Marxism, collectivism, and statism; and any associated entities, including the members, owners, collaborators, beneficiaries, employees, contractors and affiliates of such entities.
I’m enjoying catching up on some reading list items with analysis from one angle or another. I’m not a libertarian or an objectivist. But I can put together a nice composite list of criticisms from their blog posts!