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This is the personal web site of Richard Stallman.
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Bernie Sanders for President.

Vote Green in Australia.

Support the US Green Party.

Support the Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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"They" is plural — for singular antecedents, use singular gender-neutral pronouns.

Link Policy

The largest part of the site is the political notes, and they are typically updated every day.

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Civil Liberties Minute:

[America Means Civil Liberties / Patriotism Means Protecting 
             Them / www.aclu.org/safefree ]
graphic by Susan Henson
Americans, you may wish to copy this icon to your own page, as a way of showing what patriotism means to you.

Urgent action items

  • US citizens: call on Biden to sign the no-fossil-fuel-money pledge.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call for an infrastructure plan paid for by the rich and corporations.

  • US citizens: phone the offices of Pelosi and Schumer to urge them to do all they can to prevent war with Iran.

    The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.

  • US citizens: call on Pelosi and Schumer to prevent war with Iran.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: Call on the FTC to bar the merger of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: support repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on the FAA not to let Boeing certify its own planes.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on your state officials to adopt automatic voter registration.

    Note that this will not in and of itself put an end to gerrymandering and Republican voter suppression. But it will work against them.

    To sign without running nonfree Javascript code, use the Salsalabs workaround.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call for firing the two thugs that beat up Delucca Rolle and put him in the hospital, and then lied trying to put him in prison.

    They ought to be prosecuted, not merely fired.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • In the US, or if you visit the US: Tell JetBlue to stop using facial recognition to identify passengers.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on the Democratic National Committee to hold a climate debate.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on Congress to pass S.1039 / H.R. 2354, the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on the Federal Trade Commission to block the merger of Bristol-Myers Squibb with Celgene.

    The name of the first of those companies shows that too many mergers have already been permitted.

  • US citizens: call on Salafi Arabia to drop charges against heroes of freedom of the press.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on District Attorney Elton Mathis to re-open Sandra Bland's case.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on the US government to drop its latest subpoena against Chelsea Manning.

    If she holds out for the maximum 18 months, she will be hit with half a million dollars in fines. I don't suppose she has the money to pay that, or that she would agree to work to get the money to pay that.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on Bank of America and SunTrust to stop financing private prisons.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on Congress to pass the Not Invisible Act to help get justice for indigenous women who have been enslaved or killed.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on your congresscriter to support legalizing marijuana.

    If you send a message, please spread the word!

  • Recording of Guantanamero

    Listen to the recording of Guantanamero, a protest song written in Spanish. The recording is in Ogg Vorbis format. To install an Ogg Vorbis player, see the FSF's Ogg Players page.

    There Ought to Be a Law

    More items where there ought to be a law.

    Quotes

    Here are some quotations that I particularly like.

    Most recent Political Notes and News Items

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    See the current pol-notes page for more.

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    The four factors of the apocalypse:
       global heating, global hating,
       global eating, global mating.


    [More Cartoons]


    Not f'd. You won't find us on Facebook

    Copy this button (courtesy of R.Siddharth) to express your rejection of Facebook.


    Support the Green Party



    Republican Election Rigging Tactics



    Evoting



    The Olympics



    Why everyone has a reason to fear massive surveillance



    Churchandstate.org.uk


    E-books

    Non-oppressive Commercial E-books


    Don't use Facebook

    Facebook's face recognition demonstrates a threat to everyone's privacy. I therefore ask people not to put photos of me on Facebook; you can do likewise.

    Of course, Facebook is bad for many other reasons as well.


    Boycott Harry Potter Books, Movies, etc.



    Internet Music EULAS



    Business Supremacy Treaties



    Countries to Stay Away From



    No national identity cards

    I'd like to make a list of countries that do not require a national identity card, and have no plans to adopt one. If you live in or have confirmed knowledge of such a country, please send email to rms at gnu.org.

    Here's my list of countries with no national ID cards and no plans for one: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK. Australia's previous government tried to institute national ID cards, but the Labor government dropped the plan.

    India has mostly finished imposing a national biometric ID number in a grand act of oppression.

    Switzerland has national ID cards which are optional, but they or some other government ID card are needed for some purposes.

    Iceland doesn't have ID cards as such, but they have ID numbers that citizens are forced to use frequently. For example, the national ID number is often required to rent a video or use a gym.

    Denmark issues non-photo ID cards with a "person number", and many services use this card to identify people.

    Norway will impose a national biometric ID card.

    Ireland - national ID card by stealth.

    ACLU: the five dangers of national ID cards.

    Wikipedia has a list of identity card policies by country.


    Borders

    Stay away from certain countries because of their bad immigration policies.


    Flight connections

    Avoid flight connections in these airports because of their treatment of passengers.


    The Lifelong Activist

    People often ask how I manage to continue devoting myself to progressive activism (such as the free software movement) for years without burning out. The best way I can answer is by recommending a book, The Lifelong Activist by Hillary Rettig.

    I disagree with the book on one theoretical point in the last part of the book: we shouldn't think of political activism as being marketing and sales, because those terms refer to business, and politics is something much more important than mere business. However, this doesn't diminish the value of the book's practical advice about borrowing techniques from marketing and sales.

    Disclosure: I am friends with the author.


    Bob Chassell

    Writing (mostly science fiction) by my friend Bob Chassell who recently died.


    Solidarity Economy and Free Software

    Personal Declaration of Richard Stallman and Euclides Mance on Solidarity Economy and Free Software.


    Falkvinge articles

    I have reposted some of Rick Falkvinge's articles. As posted on his site, you can't see them in a browser without running some nonfree Javascript code which is apparently non-free. These versions show the same text, without the obstacle.


    Long-term action items


    Political Articles

    These are my political articles that are not related to the GNU operating system or free software. For GNU-related articles, see the GNU philosophy directory. You can also order copies of my book, 'Free Software, Free Society, 3rd edition', signed or not signed.

    Political notes

    "Those who profess to favor freedom, yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."

    Here are notes about various issues I care about, usually with links to more information. The current notes are here. For all previous notes, see this page.

    See this page for information on efforts to maintain links in the political notes.

    Political notes about the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, Italy are being archived on their own page.

    Media/Press/Bios

    Richard Stallman's bio and publicity photos, and other things of interest to the press, have been moved to a separate page.

    Travel experiences

    Photos about my travels

    Scientific Links


    Some humor

    Earth under attack from planet Koch.

    On doxing, and how to spell it.

    Futon Physics

    A Spanish cartoon: La Ruleta Española. thumbnail

    The Night before M-x-mas

    Here I am wearing my "power tie".

    Here I am struggling to open a bottle of water.

    My application to an join Marian Henley's Ex Boyfriends List

    My funny poetry and song parodies

    New song (06/2016) - Si la face ay pale.

    My Cartoons

    My Puns in English (Penurious composer, April 2019).

    My Puns in Spanish (New pun: Apostasía April 2019)

    My Puns in French (New pun: les maîtresses secrètes April 2019)

    My Puns in Portuguese

    My Puns in Italian (New pun: Quale pesce fa starnutire? New 10/2018)

    My Puns in German (New 02/2016)

    Linguistic Swifties (Now with: Wintu, Penutian, Cochiti, Taos, and Towa.)

    What Republicans Believe.

    I am a
     Saint In the Church Of Emacs --Saint IGNUcius-- The Church of Emacs will soon be officially listed by at least one person as his religion for census purposes.

    There are no godfathers in the Church of Emacs, since there are no gods, but you can be someone's editorfather.

    Stallman Does Dallas: "I have to warn you that Texans have been known to have an adverse reaction to my personality . . . "

    The Dalai Lama today announced the official release of Yellow Hat GNU/Linux.

    Pre-Zen Studies.

    I found A funny song about the Mickey Mouse Copyright Act (officially the Sonny Bono Copyright Act) which extended copyright retroactively by 20 years on works made as early as the 1920s.

    If you are a geek and read Spanish, you will love Raulito el Friki, who said "Hello, world!" immediately after he was born. Here's an archive of this now-defunct comic strip.

    Sleeping with Stallman at MIT.

    Un malentendido gracioso.

    ESR's favorite programming language: Objectivist C.

    American Extremists

    My Small Mouth

    The huns and the writs. I don't know who wrote this, but I hope he does not object to sharing it here.

    No Kludges in Cluj (June 2014)

    Fiction

    A science fiction story: Jinnetic Engineering (in Portuguese, Farsi, Spanish, Armenian, Russian, French, and Italian).

    The Right to Read

    Made for You (December 2012) (local copy)

    Books

    My book of essays about the philosophy of Software Freedom, is available from the GNU Press.

    Non-Political Articles

    Avec des chapeaux French song parody.

    My radio program of Music from Georgia, originally broadcast on WUOG in Athens, Georgia on Oct 13, 2014.

    Resolving the trolley problem

    Quantum Theory and Abortion Rights

    A proposal for gender neutrality in Spanish, suitable for both speech and writing.

    Origin of the POSIX name.

    On Hacking: In June 2000, while visiting Korea, I did a fun hack that clearly illustrates the original and true meaning of the word "hacker".

    My Childhood Sweetheart

    Love and Dance

    Predicting the attack on Pearl Harbor

    Links

    Thanks

    I would like to thank:


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