In Defense of Sharing

    Someone recently commented on Google+ that my argument for file-sharing was untrue and that stealing is wrong and I should be ashamed of myself for supporting file-sharing. The following is my response:

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    While your opinion (which I used to agree with) is the current way of thinking, according to sociologist Max Weber, it's a vestige of a greed-based system that naturally divides people into rich and poor classes. That's morally wrong and an inherent state of the current system.

    People recognize this, and not just the "ne'er do wells" as you call them.

    Just because something is legal doesn't make it right. Just because something is illegal doesn't make it wrong. Laws do not define morality but are supposed to reflect the morality of the society they are designed to govern. However, there is strong evidence that the current laws in the United States have been corrupted and no longer represent the morality of The People, even in the most general sense of "The People".

    A human being has inherent value by the fact that they have the capacity to have experiences. "We declare these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and women] are created equal". 

    Deliberately, or through ignorance, keeping people poor and in a state of suffering is wrong regardless of what laws are in place. That is a sign of a deeply broken and unjust society.

    That raises the question, assume the system is broken, which I will based on the above argument. How is it fixed? In order for someone to do something, they have to believe it's possible. That belief comes from insights derived from knowledge. Art, science, philosophy, math, those are the knowledge bases from which these insights come and they should be evenly distributed among everyone, so that everyone has the potential to be as great as they choose.