Thanks for the link. It is very good. And good discussion.
As I see it, suicide (if that is what happened to Aaron) should never be used to make anyone feel guilty. Suicide is the coward's way out.
But to the degree Aaron was attempting to address the problem of information availability, coward or not,, he may have been right.
There was a time when, once a new book came out, one could go to the library and read it. For free. Basically anywhere in the country, for every city has a public library. Or, instead, if one wanted to read it in the comfort of his home, he could go to a bookstore and buy it.
I don't know whether one could go to the library in any city in this country and read the JSTOR stuff Aaron downloaded for free or not. That, to me, seems to be the question. If one had to travel all the way to MIT to read the stuff he downloaded, then Aaron was right. To preserve freedom, the public must have free access to knowledge. Tom Jefferson and many others have made that clear. An educated population is necessary to a free society. And extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. We should never confuse illegality with immorality.