January 14, 2013  ·  Lessig  · Reblogged from  Tumblr

There’s no work that can be done today, save the work to talking about this story. I’m doing a bunch of interviews. Bravo to @DemocracyNow for spending an hour today on this. Here’s my bit: 

(Original post on Tumblr)

  • frances lux

    Dear Lawrence Lessig:

    I viewed your interview on Democracy Now and felt your pain as you wondered what more you could have done to prevent this premature death. It is a continual life lesson of how very fragile the gift of life can be, and many of us have been in similar positions, wondering what more we could have done.
    I think Aaron might have felt he gave so much to other causes, and here he was alone to fight this charge.

    It may only be coincidental, but I wondered if the death of Aaron gave more courage to the judge in the Bradley Manning case to rule that the government must prove the spurious allegation of abetting “the enemy” or whatever it is called technically, etc.

    Aaron Schwartz actions and prosecution reads like a chapter from “Alice in Wonderland”, “Off with your Head”.
    Hopefully Aaron’s death will be the straw that is breaking the camel’s back in this absurd disconnect where real crimes go unpunished and rewarded, and social activism is prosecuted, as you have said.

    Though tragic, I don’t think he died in vain.

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    Just tears and sadness.. my deepest wish is that Aaron’s sacrifice will not be forgotten. Or as Joe Campbell said: ‘Out of chaos comes new life..life more abundant’….Don’t give up this fight Prof. Lessig, without you, this ship will be no more…

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