The Sorcerer’s Code | Psychology Today

I’ve only met Richard Stallman once, and he’s an obsessive, a zealot, and unashamedly odd. But he’s also an example of how someone can become a symbol and stand for something much bigger than themselves.

This is a great article, especially the following paragraph:

Stallman cares about surveillance because he sees it as a threat to democracy. Here’s the logic: The state holds secrets. To control the state, citizens need those secrets. To obtain them, we need whistleblowers. But surveillance lets the state identify and imprison whistleblowers. Thus, he says: “Democracy depends on reducing the level of general surveillance to the point where the state cannot identify the whistleblowers.” In that statement, he says, “I claim to have presented a theorem about the maximum level of surveillance that is compatible with democracy.”