Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Why Libertarians Should Celebrate Free Software

This is much bigger than the question of free software versus the other kind. Specifically, the following absolutely nails the way I felt about things circa age 18.

But some libertarians have gotten so used to defending the market against those who want to impose collectivism that they start criticizing purely voluntary efforts to organize people on more communal lines. They are forgetting that libertarianism is not necessarily about increasing the role of for–profit enterprise in every aspect of our lives. Commercial activity is one alternative to statism, and an extremely important one. But it's just one possible mode of cooperation, and it's not necessarily the best choice in every situation.