The Power of the Prosecutor, in the Huffington Post, is probably the most important thing I’ve read in the aftermath of Aaron Swartz’s suicide. Radley Balko describes carefully and thoroughly the extent of corruption in the way criminal “justice” currently works in America, starting not with the prosecutors themselves but with legislation: we have too many laws to ensnare the unwary or unorthodox citizen. And it goes downhill from there. If you read nothing else on Swartz, read that.
Swartz’s own article “Fix the machine, not the person” from late last year is also very worthwhile. Swartz was a dedicated activist, and understood keenly that anger towards individual people in the system is entirely ineffective when it comes to tearing down systemic injustice.