A few good men

Here’s a few people who had both the guts and the skill to improve our world.

Stallman, Assange, Snowden

The guy on the left is Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, intellectual leader of the Free Software movement, who has tirelessly, often in the face of mockery, preached his gospel: Software is knowledge, and knowledge should be free for all.

Here he’s grinning alongside Julian Assange, Wikileaker extraordinaire, persecuted by the world’s most powerful governments, for months now unable to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange had the balls to give us knowledge and to not stand down when the powers that be threatened him and came after him.

They are holding a picture of Edward Snowden, the latest NSA whistleblower who had the balls to throw away his comfortable, high-earning, high-status life to give us all some of the raw truth about how our governments operate. About how we have allowed our societies to resemble George Orwell’s 1984 to a worrying degree. He’s also prosecuted by the most powerful governments of this world.

Here’s a well-written biography of Edward Snowden, which captures the issues the world is facing after his brave disclosures succinctly. Highly recommended reading.

Edward Snowden (person) on Everything2