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Free Software and Communism

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Free software is a successful example of the communist ideal. Discuss.

In 1984, an Artificial Intelligence programmer/researcher at MIT called Richard Stallman quit his job of 13 years to dedicate himself to the cause of free software. The Lenin of the free software movement, he started the revolution. In this talk, we’ll cover a few examples of successful free software, why Free Software has the moral high ground, and why it is a successful example of communism.

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.” – Adam Smith /The Wealth of Nations/ (1776)

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!” – Karl Marx /Critique of the Gotha Programme/ (1875)

What if your need is not the bread, but the recipe?

This talk is part of the Ivory Tower Society, Pembroke College series.

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