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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.

I'm looking for people to

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.

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.

Urgent: The Voting Rights Act
15 June 2024

US citizens: call on judges to uphold the Voting Rights Act.

Illicit Israeli influence campaign, US
15 June 2024

*Israel Secretly Targets U.S. Lawmakers With Influence Campaign on Gaza War.* It was paid for by Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and used fake social media accounts urging U.S. lawmakers to fund Israel’s military.

Libertarian Party manifesto, US
15 June 2024

*The Libertarian [sic] Party's controversial plan is to "stop Biden" and extract promises from [the insurrectionist] along the way.*

This plan demonstrates a total lack of value for civil liberties, which the insurrectionist has announced his intention to crush. But this plan makes the party cynical as well, which previously it was not.

It is also utterly foolish to think that a promise from the insurrectionist (who is also the bullshitter) will be kept. Once democracy is crushed, if you're not a billionaire he won't hesitate to break his promise to you.

I have contended for years that that party, and its political stance, did not merit the name "libertarian", because its supporters valued reduction of their taxes, and termination of programs to help the poor and disadvantaged, more highly than they valued liberty. So I called them "antisocialist".

Some of the party's supporters may still be antisocialists, but the party itself deserves for a harsher name than that.

Supreme Court on abortion pills
15 June 2024

*The [US Supreme Court] unanimously rejected the mifepristone case on technical grounds. Their ruling is not the victory it may seem.*

Alitos vow revenge for criticism
15 June 2024

Alito's wife vowed revenge on the people who criticized Alito for displaying an upside-down flag, after Jan 6 when that was a symbol of claiming falsely that the corrupter had won the election.

Note the typical right-wing thinking, which regards a truthful criticism of a false claim as a vicious attack that deserves revenge. If those critics made false claims of their own, revenge in kind (refuting the false claims) would be possible and legitimate. But Ms Alito does not claim that they did so.

Perhaps, for her, opposing militant Christianitism, and defending the separation of church and state, is enough grounds to label someone as evil.

Putin demands territory for peace
15 June 2024

Putin announced that he won't make peace with Ukraine unless it gives him more territory along with what he has captured.

This indicates a combination of thinking he can win the war, and some amount of bluster (present in everything he says).

The only sensible response is to teach him he must expect to lose.

Person's pay vs their true value
15 June 2024

Robert Reich: *Don't be fooled by the myth that people are paid what they're "worth" — that the rich deserve their ever-increasing incomes and wealth because they're worth far more to the economy now than years ago […]*

*The distribution of income and wealth increasingly depends on who has the power to set the rules of the game.*

It is a context of clout, not a contest of productivity.

Labour touts economic growth
15 June 2024

*A braver Labour would call an end to the focus on growth.*

Starmer has made up his mind to seek the votes of former Tories. The only way to make Labour pay attention to this issue is to elect Greens or Lib Dems, or the independents such as Corbyn who agree with this.

Phoenix Police Dept as thugs
15 June 2024

*Phoenix [thugs] have pattern of violating civil rights and using excessive force, Justice Department says.*

How Hush-money-verdict attacks amplify
14 June 2024

*Ex-prosecutors and historians warn that Republicans' parroting of ex-president's wild allegations of political bias could erode trust and lead to violence.*

Eroding trust in anything that he considers a rival is his purpose. And while the claim is not true now, he intends, if he wins or steals the election, to make it so. He plans to pervert the US justice system to imprison his political enemies, as part of Project 2025.

The US justice system is in fact untrustworthy for defendants who belong to disprivileged groups, and for poor people since they can't afford good lawyers. But the corrupter is not at risk for this: he is a white male, and even if he may theoretically be bankrupt due to court judgments, still has good lawyers.

Invasive "runner" bamboo, UK
14 June 2024

Some varieties of bamboo spread almost irresistibly and can destroy houses from underground.

Could we wipe them out, in the countries they don't belong in, by releasing a sufficient number of pandas? China only leases them, but it might be possible to buy unrestricted pandas from Taiwan.

How Cherán beat the Avocado cartel, MEX
14 June 2024

In Mexico, growing avocados is so lucrative that cartels fight over land to grow them, as they cut down forests.

It amazes me that this happens for a product that is not illegal.

I don't think this would happen for any of the widely used illegal drugs, though. The sheer volume consumed would not be enough.

Alito's religious bias against abortion
14 June 2024

Alito admitted at an organization dinner that his vote to overturn Roe v Wade was part of an overall campaign to impose his religion on the US.

Hostage rescue operation, Gaza
14 June 2024

The rescue of hostages from Gaza started out clean, but developed into a street battle. That is when the civilians were killed.

This suggests that most of those killed were civilians.

Hostage rescue carnage, Gaza
14 June 2024

Testimony of witnesses to the attack on Nuseirat refugee camp, in which the Israeli army killed at least 274 Palestinians to rescue four hostages.

The number of killed that were civilians was almost certainly over 100, and likely considerably more. But I think I can make a better estimate.

I think that "children" means minors. Most minors there were probably civilians, thought some of the older ones may have been HAMAS fighters. I would expect that HAMAS, being Islamist, would not recruit women as fighters (can anyone tell me whether that is true?), so it would follow that the 57 women killed were all civilians.

I expect roughly equal numbers of men and women among the civilians, since they were in and around their homes. That would suggest there were around 160-170 civilians killed, and maybe 100 HAMAS fighters.

It is therefore likely that most of the Palestinians in the area were civilians.

Let's not lose sight of where we want to end up.

Heat takes out ralliers, Las Vegas
14 June 2024

Fanatical supporters of the corrupter regularly get heat stroke at his rallies, because of increasing global heating, but it doesn't occur to them that we should stop drilling for all and making it hotter.

Lawmakers' stock trades as indicator
14 June 2024

*Stock traders are trying to beat the market — by copying lawmakers [stock trades].*

IEA on clean-energy investment rates
14 June 2024

*Investment in clean energy likely to be double figure for fossil fuels in 2024, IEA says [; however,] oil and gas spending still too high to meet climate goals.*

New pun
14 June 2024

New pun:           What do you need Tylenol for?

ICC: war crimes against civilians, RUS
14 June 2024

*Russia accused of "deliberate" starvation tactics in Mariupol in submission to ICC.*

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.


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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