I used to be what is sometimes called a "Free Software purist". "Free" here refers to "free as in freedom" according to Richard Stallman's Free Software Philosophy. As such I was opposed to all proprietary software licensing. If a program doesn't come with a license that allows you those "four freedoms" (to run, modify and share both unmodified and modified versions of the program as you wish) then using it meant you don't care for your freedom and are choosing to be a "slave" to the developer.
There is a declaration that has begun circling around the web and which sounds quite solemn and unique. I wished to share it with whomever is reading in the interest of helping them get heard.
Someone accidentally posted this link in an IRC channel and since I was curious I checked it out. It's a pretty nice and functional map of freedom in the world, mapping countries in three categories: not free, partly free and free.
From a quick survey of the map it looks like the half of the world, and counting such highly populated places like China, even more than half live without essential freedoms, which is quite sad.
Isaiah Berlin's famous look at the two forms of liberty, positive and negative. I have yet to read it, but have been reading a lot about it of late.
Computing Our Liberty: May 2005