As in lunch
As in speech
As in beer
As in liberty
On the internet, it’s like everybody’s always got their hackles up,
“So many holes in your argument you need a spackle truck!
So many goals you’ve failed to meet with your rhetoric!”
Hush up your feuding for a second and Front’ll settle it.
You oughta bet a bottom dollar if you got one that freedom’s hard fought.
Folks prefer at least the amount that they caught
hold of already. Ask ‘em, they definitely don’t want to relinquish any.
Ask ‘em for a penny, gratis, and get turned down.
Ask ‘em for a free lunch, get called ass clown.
But ask for an opinion, proposition turnt ‘round:
certainly you’ll have mine (I would even ask how
you’d hope to avoid it, free as I feel to divulge one).
Some truths self-evident, but not among them:
your notion. You’re posting computer code sposedta be free.
They’ll dispute it, go “what’s freedom even mean?”
I’m not trying to get all Lawrence Lessig on ya but I’m more or less beyond the fear,
now the response is clear:
hold your conscience dear, as well as your self-interest.
Keep all your potential seditions well witnessed.
Or just complaints you like to make about the state.
At the moment you’re great. Post ‘em up for debate.
Post ‘em up for agreement among a secret cabal of your peers.
Be certain while the freedom train is rolling, all of you steer.
Give wide berth to closed source security,
anything you can’t audit and reproduce thoroughly.
Squirrelly UELA that governs your posts, don’t it?
Free code’s ironically only way you can own it
and keep it displayed until it echoes in the public domain.
Pull down capitalism until it’s rubble and chains
if a way to be owned was all it became.
Since you’re having a freedom, I’ll have double the same.