democracy, freedom and all that

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

We all heard these words: democracy, freedom, society, state; but do we have a common understanding of them? Here’s a suggestion: 1. Democracy. We can’t have it where some people (say, 1%) are thousand times more powerful than others. A democracy is meaningless if individual people’s powers are incomparable to one another, so a universal […]

on democracy, property and freedom

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Have you ever watched a “free market” clone on TV telling you that democracy builds on property, the rule of law etc.? Let’s take a look into what that means. A recent study shows how the wealth is distributed in the U.S.A.: in 2007, 80% of the population owns 15% of what’s to be owned, […]

thoughts on the G-20 protests in Pittsburgh

Friday, September 25th, 2009

I only joined three public protests in my life. The first protest was happening in February 1987, socialist Romania, under the dictatorship of Ceaușescu, in the city of Iași, a spontaneous protest ran by some (a few hundred) of the “Al.I.Cuza” University and “Ghe. Asachi” Politechnical Institute students, asking for a better administration of local […]

freedom of choice

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

If you’re still using Windows in 2009, at home or at work, while there is FreeBSD, and this variety of GNU/Linux distributions, like Debian, Ubuntu, Gentoo, Knoppix …, please don’t speak to anyone anymore about freedom of choice, that’s a freedom you’re not using, so chances are you’re not really grasping the concept. I switched […]

social freedom and individual wealth

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Humans will always cherish freedom, one basic reason for that is, for example, that I don’t want anybody else to tell me what to do when I think that my personal experience is enough. But if my personal experience happens to be cheating, manipulating and, thus, exploiting other people, then that kind of freedom is […]

notebombs on free software, public services, intellectuals and parasites

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Is your toilet economically sustainable? Intrigued by Ubuntuism, commodification, and the software dialectic by Mike Chege, published on 1-st Dec 2008 in FirstMonday. The author says: free software is based on a philosophy of inclusion, cooperation, sharing, and openness, while the market is synonymous with self–interest, secretiveness, competition, and the exclusion of those who do […]

GNU, FreeBSD, Debian Linux, Ubuntu Linux wave goodbye to Microsoft Windows XP

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Incidentally, today’s the national day of my country, Romania, but, more important, I’m proud to announce that I decided not to wait until Sloterdijk’s Spheres will be translated into English too and I got rid permanently of Microsoft Windows from the computers I’m using: I installed Ubuntu Linux on my laptop, Debian Linux on my […]

the business of being yourself

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

So you get a Verizon residential DSL connection. Then, when you want to move your blog on a machine in your home, you discover that their terms of service contain this: 4.3 Restrictions on Use. The Service is a consumer grade service and is not designed for or intended to be used for any commercial […]

rules of humanism

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Bored? Skeptic? Tired? Here is a tonic sketch of what a healthy humanist should aim for, IMO: Modify your country’s constitution so that it incorporates the following principles: the end of all the evils principle: The total wealth of any human should be limited, at any moment, to a lifetime of average wages. This will […]