On the argument between two camps that both miss the point about massive commercial surveillance of individuals.

By arguing about whether to divide up the power that this data gives to businesses, or to regulate the use of it (perhaps nationalizing it), they miss the point that both alternatives destroy our privacy and give the state a perfect basis for repression.

The danger is to collect that data at all.

More generally, I think the idea of taxing companies for the magnitude of harm that they do (regardless of whether they broke any rules to do it) is a good one.


Richard Stallman, often known by his initials, rms—is an American free software movement activist and programmer.