NT: free software and money

James Davis jamesd at jml.net
Wed Mar 31 15:07:59 UTC 2004

On Wed, 31 Mar 2004, Moritz Sinn wrote:

> just to correct myself: it wasn't meant quite serious, but since communism is
> mainly about freedom and most ppl are more free in usa than in china
> there is some trueness in it

I thought that communism was an economic ideology based on the collective
ownership of production and has had little to do with freedom. Certainly
the intention is to eliminate class inequality if you'd like to consider
that a freedom.

Whether any of the one-party governments (esp. China) that operate under
that name are actually communist is very much open to debate. In any case
I fail to see the connection between free software and communism.
Collective production of software certainly does work but that doesn't
imply that all successful free software comes from a collective of


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