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Support Jill Stein for President.

Support the US Green Party.

Support the Citizens' Climate Lobby.

Please donate to the Free Software Foundation to support its work for your freedom.

California voters: vote yes on proposition 62, to abolish the death penalty, proposition 63 to require background checks for buying ammunition for guns, and proposition 64 to legalize marijuana Also propositions 56, 57, 59 and 61. I don't have a stand on the others.

Massachusetts voters: vote no on question 2 (more charter schools) and yes on question 4 (legalize marijuana).

Citizens of Ohio: reject Amendment 71.

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Civil Liberties Minute:

[America Means Civil Liberties / Patriotism Means Protecting 
             Them / ]
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: oppose bill HR 5732, which would push the US into war in Syria.

  • US citizens: call on the Department of Justice to block the Enbridge-Spectra pipeline company merger.

  • US citizens: tell Congress, don't "modernize" policy to facilitate fossil fuel export.

  • US citizens: call for removing obsolete dams on the lower Snake river to help wild salmon survive there.

  • US citizens: call on Congress to defeat the Utah Public Lands Initiative, which would take land away from Indian tribes and give it to mining companies.

  • Everyone, especially Canadian and EU citizens: thank Wallonia for blocking the unjust treaty CETA.

    Leave a message at
    and send an email to

    Also post publicly about your support and appreciation for blocking CETA.

  • US citizens: phone your congresscritter to oppose HR 5732, which would push the US into war in Syria and undermine the Iran nuclear deal.

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

  • Everyone (but especially people in the European Union and Canada): show your solidarity with Wallonia in rejecting CETA.

    Here are other ways to take action to stop CETA.

  • US citizens: call on the Fraternal Order of Police to rescind its endorsement of Trump.

  • US Citizens: call on the Bureau of Land Management to stop coal mining in Colorado.

  • Everyone: call on North Dakota to drop charges against journalists and protesters.

  • US citizens: Phone the White House at 202-456-1111 and call on Obama to completely stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

    The main reason is that existing fossil fuel facilities are enough to produce disaster, so any investment in new facilities is going in the wrong direction at great cost.

    But you can also mention other reasons, such as the substantial risk of polluting important water supplies such as the Missouri River when the pipeline leaks because the owners cut corners on maintenance and safety (they surely will), and that it destroys archeological sites, some of which indigenous people consider sacred.

  • US citizens: phone FCC commissioners to adopt the proposal to limit ISPs' use of a customer's network contacts.

    If you agree with me that ISPs should not even be allowed to record a subscriber's internet contacts without a specific court order, you can say that too.

  • US citizens: Call on the US army to block the Dakota Access Pipeline.

  • US citizens: Call on your senators to reject riders that authorize employment discrimination for religious motivations.

  • US citizens: Call on Congress to pull the US out of the Salafi Arabian intervention in Yemen.

  • US citizens: call on Bill Clinton to push to let José Álverez rejoin his family in the US.

    Álvarez lived in the US since age 12, without permission. He committed a nonviolent drug crime in 1995, served time in prison, and was released. Then he spent two decades in the US, gainfully employed.

    When people who have been in the US just a few years commit serious crimes, I am favor of deporting them, provided it is done reasonably soon after the crime.

    But it is an injustice to deport someone with decades of family ties in the US because of a crime decades in the past. It is an injustice to deport any adult who has lived in the US since childhood.

    And most of these nonviolent drug crimes should not be crimes anyway.

    Nobody should have six children, but that is a different issue and doesn't affect the conclusions on this one.

  • US citizens: call on Obama to end US participation in the bombardment of Yemen.

  • Everyone: call on NBC and MGM to release the Trump tapes.

  • US citizens: urge Senators Sanders and Warren to campaign against the new nuclear arms race.

  • US citizens: call on the Secretary of the Army to overrule solitary the confinement sentence for Chelsea Manning.

  • Everyone: Demand an independent investigation of the killing of Tyre King.

  • US citizens: call on the EPA to ban toxic oil dispersants.

  • US citizens: call on the IRS to investigate ALEC.

  • Everyone: call on Florida Governor Scott to extend the voting registration deadline to make up for the delay caused by Hurricane Matthew.

  • Everyone: call on Billionaire Polluters to stop supporting heating-denialist pressure groups.

  • Senator McConnell and others are risking shutting down the US government merely to protect publicly traded corporations from being required to disclose their political spending. So not to this.

  • 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


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    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

    Don't do business with Apple

    Don't do business with Amazon

    Don't use Skype


    The Olympics

    Why everyone has a reason to fear massive surveillance


    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

    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

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

    India is now trying to institute national ID cards. Support the campaign against them.

    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.

    Wikipedia has a list of identity card policies by country.


    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.

    Mimi and Eunice

    The Mimi and Eunice book by Nina Paley is great.

    Solidarity Economy and Free Software

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

    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, 2nd 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.

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


    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 (Seeking efficiency, September 2016).

    My Puns in Spanish (New pun: El jaguar muerde December 2015)

    My Puns in French (10/2016)

    My Puns in Portuguese

    My Puns in Italian (New 09/2014)

    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)


    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)


    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



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