All governments should be pressured to correct their abuses of human rights.
Anything that prevents you from being friendly, a good neighbour, is a terror tactic.
Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. 'Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to learn.
The desire to be rewarded for one's creativity does not justify depriving the world in general of all or part of that creativity.
If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough - you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal.
Fighting patents one by one will never eliminate the danger of software patents, any more than swatting mosquitoes will eliminate malaria.
There is nothing wrong with wanting pay for work, or seeking to maximize one's income, as long as one does not use means that are destructive.
Whether gods exist or not, there is no way to get absolute certainty about ethics. Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can.
People sometimes ask me if it is a sin in the Church of Emacs to use vi. Using a free version of vi is not a sin; it is a penance. So happy hacking.
Control over the use of one's ideas really constitutes control over other people's lives; and it is usually used to make their lives more difficult.