Before we go blaming the US Government on the death of Aaron Swartz, let’s call a spade a spade. The man killed himself. Self-harm is no one’s fault but our own and often needs counseling to deal with it. Sometimes it is a sign of mental illness. While the mentally ill are often blamed on harming others or themselves, this is a sign of Mental Health stigma rather than necessarily a truth. Aaron Swartz was definitely a brilliant mind, yet blaming someone who had no intention of killing him on his death is not only stupid, it’s untruthful. While the government could have been heavy handed in their questioning of Swartz, it was not their fault or the fault of the prosecutors.

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