January 14, 2013

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD ON the death of Aaron Swartz. “Like many of the incredibly talented, larger-than-life people who have emerged from the tech sector in the past two or three decades, Aaron Swartz was the product of an America that encourages wild free-thinking and risk-taking. And while we certainly wouldn’t go so far as to say that his suicide signals the end of that particularly American ethos (as the Washington Post‘s Wonk Blog does), it’s terribly sad that he met his end like this.”