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This is the personal web site of Richard Stallman.
The views expressed here are my personal views, not those of the Free Software Foundation or the GNU Project.
For the sake of separation, this site has always been hosted elsewhere and managed separately.

If you want to send me GPG-encrypted mail, do not trust key servers! Some of them have phony keys under my name and email address, made by someone else as a trick. See gpg.html for my real key.

Richard Stallman has cancer. Fortunately it is slow-growing and manageable follicular lymphoma. Treatment put it into remission, and he can expect to live many more years. However, he now has to be even more careful not to catch Covid-19.

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Robert Reich explains how the bullshitter and Republicans are trying to spread chaos to discourage non-fascists from voting. After creating as much real chaos as they can, they pretend there is even more of it, hoping Americans will give up and not vote, or support a fascist strong man.

I urge you to vote in Democratic primaries for the progressive candidate, if there is one. And in the final election I urge you to vote for Democrats, unless a liberal independent had a good chance of winning.

Canadians: I suggest you seek election advice at a local chapter of a group that pushes to curb global heating and has the courage to say, "Canada should stop exporting fossil fuel." It will at least use the right goals to suggest who to vote for in your area.

Join a Friday climate strike.
That page is made by scraping Fridays for Future so you can get the information without running any Javascript code. I would be very glad if they made the information on their own site accessible from the Free World; then we could simply refer people to their site and do without the scraping etc.

I am limiting the number of new political notes per day so as not to overload the volunteers who install new notes. If you'd like to help, please write to rms at gnu period org.

Is your bank pressuring you to use biometric ID? If so, please write to rms at gnu dot org. It could be useful if you document what is happening.

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

"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:

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Upcoming talks

Urgent action items

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.


Here are some quotations that I particularly like.

Most recent Political Notes and News Items

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You can now read the political notes on Mastodon.

Food production crisis building, UK
15 April 2024

Britain has had a year of heavy rain, which has damaged wheat production.

This is surely related somehow to global heating. Whether it will continue, get better, or get worse, I have no basis to predict. But it is a dangerous situation.

Global coal-power up 2%
15 April 2024

China is building new coal-fired generators faster than the US and Europe are closing them.

Corp. rename butt of media jokes, UK
15 April 2024

A corporation that changed its name to "abrdn" claims to be entitled to certain kinds of human kindness that we think humans deserve. Corporations are not in fact persons, and they are not entitled to human rights or even human kindness.

I conjecture that the name "abrdn" was meant to acknowledge that large corporations are often a brdn on society, and to encourage regulating them more strictly ;-}.

Where the article comments on a matter of trademark law, it injects gratuitous confusion by using the propaganda overgeneralization of "the intellectual property" instead of the objective and concrete term, "the trademark".

Trademarks are nothing whatsoever like copyrights or patents or trade secrets — be careful never to generalize about all those laws.

CJPA news link tax
14 April 2024

Google is testing a response to California's "news link tax", which is to remove all news links from what users post on Google platforms.

I see this as a counterattack rather than as a compelled reaction. But it is a fact that nothing can stop Google from retaliating this way. Whether Google's claims are right that the tax encourages further concentration and hollowing out of the newspaper business, I don't know.

The article talks about possible "better alternative" in a vague way, and I have no idea what Google means to suggest. But I do have a suggestion.

Adopt a tax on web sites that display advertising and allow users to post their own messages. The tax should be based on the amount of usage and/or the amount of advertising. The money should be distributed to news organizations in a way that does not depend on who does or does not post links to them. This way, Google and other platforms could not evade the tax by counterattacking.

US military drones
14 April 2024

Reportedly US military drones have proved unreliable in Ukraine, so Ukraine is buying commercial Chinese drones (and spare parts), which work better.

Peer review corruption
14 April 2024

There is evidence that peer reviewers are using bullshit generators (chatbots) to generate evaluations of submitted papers.

Since those programs don't really understand the articles that are being reviewed, or the subject that those are about, this is asking for error.

Please don't call those programs "AI"!

Pro-Putin far right
14 April 2024

*The pro-Putin far right is on the march across Europe — and it could spell tragedy for Ukraine.*

Aid not reaching Gaza
14 April 2024

Israel promised to allow more aid into Gaza, but it has not really done that. Famine has started.

Israel said it would allow aid into Gaza from the north, but instead of doing this using the existing crossing, it has decided to build a new crossing first. That's as absurd as extinguishing a life-threatening urban fire by ordering a new fire engine and waiting for it to arrive.

However, there seems to be other impediments to distributing aid inside Gaza once it gets across the border.

Perhaps these are not directly Israel's doing, but they are consequences of Israel's actions. I can imagine that truck owners don't want to risk that their trucks be destroyed by Israeli drones, and drivers don't want to risk getting killed that way.

Network of ghost roads
14 April 2024

*Network of "ghost roads" paves the way for leveling Asia-Pacific rain forests.*

Layan Nasir
14 April 2024

Not all Palestinians are Muslims. Israeli soldiers came to arrest an unarmed Christian Palestinian at home, at night, in the West Bank.

They are planning to hold her in prison indefinitely, with no official charges and therefore no trial. However, there is suspicion that she is in prison for political organizing.

Repression of activism
14 April 2024

The UK is erecting a repressive system to crush protests, especially protests demanding measures to save civilization from climate disaster. People are imprisoned for holding protest signs, as in China.

I don't recall that Starmer Labour is any better on this issue than the Tories.

Iran drone strikes
14 April 2024

Iran launched 100 drones, or more, in attacks on Israel. This was a response to an Israeli attack on an Iranian consulate in Syria.

Israel and Iran have been, formally, at war for decades. Can anyone point me at info on how and when that state of war started?

Here is more background.

Shoplifting crackdown
14 April 2024

The UK proposes to use facial recognition systems on important streets, including mobile vans, to find people wanted for arrest. And not only for heinous crimes — even shoplifters would be sought this way.

RMS will give a talk in Braga
14 April 2024

In Braga, Portugal, April 17th, Richard Stallman will give a talk, Free Software and Freedom in a Digital Society.

More Midwest fires earlier, USA
14 April 2024

It is early spring, and the US Midwest is already suffering from wildfires.

Ecuadorian, diplomatic faux pas, MEX
13 April 2024

*Mexico calls on UN to expel Ecuador over embassy raid as tensions soar.*

To legitimize the practice of invading other countries' embassies would further destabilize what remains of the conventions and rules of international relations.

That may have helped arrest a crook this time. In London, 10 years ago, it would have enabled the UK to grab Julian Assange sooner. But overall, these specific effects will average out to zero; what will remain is less stability.

More PFAS regulations, lawsuits
13 April 2024

*US imposes first-ever limits on levels of [four specific] toxic PFA substances in drinking water.*

No level of these substances is absolutely safe, but a smaller concentration causes a smaller danger. Even though no nonzero level leads to zero danger, a small enough level makes for a danger that is insignificant, practically speaking, compared with the other dangers of life. The effort to reduce PFA substance levels beyond that is not efficient reduction of the danger.

Satire: Finger exercises
13 April 2024

(satire) *CDC Recommends 6 Hours Of Clicking Per Day For Healthy Fingers.*

Satire: A Gotta dalita
13 April 2024

(satire) *God To Delete Several Million Humans Due To Inactivity.*

Amazon rainforest as bargaining chip, COL
13 April 2024

*Colombian Amazon deforestation surges as armed groups tighten grip.* The groups started as rebels fighting a repressive government, but now they use the forest as a hostage. Meanwhile, the erstwhile provincial rebel group made peace and disarmed, so it is no longer there to keep the others down.

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

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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.


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

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.


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 download copies of my book, Free Software, Free Society, 3rd edition'.

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.


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

The berry torture.

The Free Software Song, by Richard M. Stallman. You can listen to a performance of the song: Free Software Song performed by Thor Here is a variant of this song called "The Free Firmware Song".

A song parody, Colors of the Lisp, by Jefferson Carpenter.

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".

Wine snobs get their comeuppance.

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.

My Cartoons

My Puns in English (Little Leaguer, August 2019).

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

My Puns in French (New pun: Microsoft à l'école July 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.)

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.

No Kludges in Cluj (June 2014)

Hammer into Anvil


Made for You (December 2012) (local copy) Esperanto translation

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

The Right to Read


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

Stallman on Love

Love and Dance

My Childhood Sweetheart

Made for You

My Former Personal Ad

Non-Political Articles

Am I Doctor Stallman?

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

Certificate of confusion



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