Let me preface this by saying that I am an avid Free Software and GNU Linux supporter and user and am very appreciative and grateful for RMS's contributions, directly to my benefit.
Q: It seems to me as an outside observer, that you have struck on this golden idea of Free Software and the 'rights' of the user and started a potent movement. How have your ideas changed over time? I say this because I've seen some interviews and when they stray outside of a narrow band directly related to Free Software, they become slightly less insightful. For example in the patent space, it seems you've come up with arbitrary proposals and while they are an improvement, they are incompatible with my views in favor of voluntarism (which makes all government immoral).
Also I've never heard an explanation of the 'rights' in so much as what are they? Are they 'God given rights'? Are they 'natural rights' by some law of information science? Are they negotiated by us as individuals? Most importantly, are they moral? What is morality?
Maybe you see where I'm going with this. The success of the Free Software Phenomenon (FSP) could be according to many (eg. Linus Torvalds) just a matter of practicality. He sticks with GPL2 because it is more practical. He doesn't like GPL3 because it's not what he 'wants' from a software license.
I'm starting to think that the preponderance of the evidence shows that the FSP is deeper than just convenience. Can you do the work philosophically to break it down to first principles and relate it to what is good, moral, ethical?
I might be asking too much, some people spend considerable time in philosophical learning to be able to give great answers to simple questions such as what is good and what is virtue. Not to mention that it may be impossible to provide good answers without someone like Richard Dawkins in the room to help with the scientific portion of the discussion.
To me this is all one topic of exploration (question).
Finally, just know that you have my profound thanks for helping to change the world for the better.