Mencius Moldbug has an interesting post about Aaron Swartz, and how he was poisoned by Noam Chomsky, the wealthy promoter of revolutionary socialism as long as it doesn’t affect his interests.

Many young people of today believe far-fetched things, such as that being in the left is being “against the system”. That is all well and good as long as it doesn’t harm or bother the Powers That Be. But some of those activists, either by accident or because they cannot contain their revolutionary urges, end up contradicting the real interests of the system, and as such have to be silenced.

The trick to be a good (and alive) social activist is to know in which side to be (the winning side) and to understand your limits. So if you are an activist for gun control, that is good, but if you start noticing that politicians and the elite are very well protected by the same guns that they want to forbid for the rest of us, you’re entering into dangerous territory. If you are an activist for environmental causes, that is also wonderful, but if you notice that the illegal immigration of millions seems to be pretty bad for the environment, better keep silent. And so on and so forth.

Remember, kids. Better to be safe than sorry.

If you must speak truth to power, bring flowers.