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October 13, 2004

Gilmore Interview

One Of The Eternally Vigilant

That the price of freedom is eternal vigilance is usually attributed to Jefferson, but appears also in quotes by John Curran and Elmer Davis. Back in September, I posted a piece on the plane that was turned back to the gate following a panic reaction to a lapel pin reading "suspected terrorist" worn by one of the passengers, John Gilmore, who is suing the government in defense of a citizen's right to travel freely and anonymously. An interview of Gilmore is featured at Greplaw that provides a revealing insight to the man, his views, and his efforts toward realizing a livable world. In the preamble he describes himself as: ". . . a civil libertarian millionaire eccentric. I started out in my teens as a middle-class programmer, worked my way up to senior technical jobs, then learned business in Silicon Valley. A combination of luck and skill brought me through several successful startup companies and gave me the opportunity to decide what I want to do, rather than what I need to do. I decided I want to work to keep individual freedom alive and thriving. So that's what I'm doing."

A lot of good points to ponder on, especially with regard to censorship and the restriction of free information flow.

 
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