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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.

FSF Giving Guide

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:

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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.

Quotes

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.

A many-names sea, floating hostilities
15 July 2024

China is using continual low-intensity violence to force Philippine forces out of the South China Sea.

It can do this because its naval forces greatly outnumber the Philippines'.

Air pollution, demise of the aged
15 July 2024

*Researchers estimate 730,000 people a year in the US lose their ability to live independently due to traffic pollution.*

Rightwing risk, FRA
15 July 2024

*Risk of far right gaining power has not gone away, warns French Green leader.*

Sen. Susan Collins won't vote her party
15 July 2024

*Republican senator Susan Collins says she will not vote for Trump.*

Public sympathy for the hater bodes ill
15 July 2024

The corrupter was shot and slightly wounded at a rally. This could make impressionable people vote for him from sympathy.

He has displayed so much hatred, so much contempt, and so much callous cruelty, that I feel hardly any sympathy. Please give your sympathy to Americans who are in danger of being caught in the dictatorship he wants to set up.

Sanders, Cortez, back Biden
15 July 2024

Both Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez back Biden.

I think their reason for this is similar to my own: that Biden does a higher fraction of progressive things than the other Democrats would do.

I trust their goals and their sincerity, so I think their advice is good to follow.

HAMAS "leaders" targeted by bombing
15 July 2024

Israel says it made an air strike to kill a military leader of HAMAS, and another military leader was in the same area.

That killing a HAMAS military commander, or even several, is not a step towards Israel's goal of "wiping out HAMAS". Generally it is impossible to destroy an underground resistance group by killing its leaders, as long as it has popular support. It will simply recruit new leaders.

Death re-tolled, Gaza
15 July 2024

The Lancet concluded that HAMAS's count of people killed in Gaza is basically accurate, but probably an underestimate.

Compare with Iraq Body Count, which sincerely tried to be accurate, but whose methodology chose to err on the side of underestimate.

Principles, not mightiness, to fight for
15 July 2024

The Guardian: *America's future must be set by voters, not the gun.*

If we want it to be decided by the voters, in a free and fair election, we need to fight against Republican voter suppression and gerrymandering.

Land-grab sanctions, ISR
14 July 2024

Biden has imposed US banking sanctions on some Israeli colonies in Palestine and leaders of them, specifically for their attacks on Palestinians.

That is a good step in the right direction, but taking a step every month or two is very slow progress. The first one was a warning shot, which was a good step. But now it is past time for heavy fire of sanctions.

UN: US on recent war crimes in ISR, UKR
14 July 2024

*Russia Attacks Hospitals in Ukraine. Israel Does the Same in Gaza. The U.S. Response Couldn’t Be More Different.*

Soldier's perspectives from inside Gaza
14 July 2024

Photos from al-Jazeera, confirmed by Israeli soldiers' testimony, show that it is not unusual for them to shoot unarmed Palestinians for no military reason.

The article linked to above contains links to YouTube. For your freedom and privacy, modify them to point to invidio.us to watch them.
Further, the Israeli army has very lax rules of engagement. Soldiers are welcome to shoot — whether at a tree or at a human being — whenever they feel like it.

HAMAS fighters do not wear uniforms. So it is indeed not possible to be entirely certain that an adult Palestinian man walking 100 meters away is not a fighter. But usually it is possible to be see that that man is not a threat to anyone at present. The small chance that he is a HAMAS fighter does not justify killing someone who is probably a civilian. Let alone someone who is surely a civilian; but some soldiers kill even in those circumstances.

The lawful, and moral, thing to do is to fire a warning shot to tell him to go away. But the Israeli army does not order soldiers to do that.

Although I am not expert enough to state this as a certainty, from what I know I think that these policies of the Israeli army amount to war crimes for which the highest officers and officials are responsible.

Soldiers are also sometimes ordered to burn down or destroy any and all Palestinian houses they have been using temporarily, citing various irrational justifications. For instance, they must make sure not to leave any ammunition or food that Palestinians (presumed to be "terrorists") might use.

Destroying food so to make sure that starving Palestinians do not eat it??? Denying food to the civilians to ensure there is none for the fighters??? That is systemic inhumanity.

Travel-oppression injustices
14 July 2024

When Sharon Johnston, permanently paralyzed, decided to travel to Switzerland to end an unbearable life, an anthropologist and a political activist accompanies her. The British thugs arrested them both when they returned to Britain.

It is noteworthy that Ms Johnston was not terminally ill. She might have been condemned to decades of helplessness, if not for the possibility of seeking aid in suicide. I can imagine myself in that same position and wishing for it to end.

Some states of the US threaten to arrest people who help someone expectant to travel to where abortion is legal. These two laws are very similar, and the same arguments prove the injustice of both.

Activist suppression judicial persecution
14 July 2024

The trial of Just Stop Oil activists was meant to keep the jurors in the dark about what was at stake. The defendants repeatedly violated the judge's orders to speak the forbidden information. The jurors paid no attention; they voted to convict.

I am very disappointed with them. They had the opportunity to help save civilization and chose instead to facilitate its destruction.

But the defendants' effort was not wasted. The UN rapporteur for environmental defenders was there, and his report on the trial was quite stern.

Side point: I agree that people do not deserve to be punished for making a Zoom call. However, using Zoom implies being under the power of that company, and that is itself a punishment. They should have used Mumble or GNU Jami instead.

Extreme capitalism as Social Darwinism
14 July 2024

Right-wingers condemn every government policy that helps the non-rich live better than hand-to-mouth.

Socialism is essential for many of the government's important missions. We don't have enough socialism yet in the US, but I would oppose a complete move to socialism. We need individualism and private activities too.

According to Robert Reich, here is how Harry Truman defended Socialism:

Socialism is the epithet they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years.

Socialism is what they called public power … Social Security … bank deposit insurance … free and independent labor organizations … anything that helps all the people.

When the Republican candidate inscribes the slogan "Down With Socialism" … what he really means is, "Down with Progress."

Gaza death toll
14 July 2024

Researchers project a Palestinian death toll in Gaza of over 180,000, including the effects of hunger and sickness.

Around 6400 are listed as "missing". Probably many of them are dead. People who get separated can remain out of touch for days, but there are enough communications in Gaza that in weeks they could probably transmit news of their continued existence to the missing persons bureau.

Defeating right-wing extremism
13 July 2024

Robert Reich's advice on how to do your part to defeat right-wing extremism in the election this November.

Since I am sure Biden will win Massachusetts, I could vote for a non-major party, but I don't know of any I would want to vote for.

Pantanal fires worse than ever
13 July 2024

The Pantanal, an enormous wetland in Brazil, has fires in the dry season, but this year the fires are worse than ever.

Everyone has a price
13 July 2024

If you are used by the online dis-services that track used's every action, this massive surveillance will enable those companies to predict how much you might pay for any product. And they could offer that price to you, and a different price to each other used.

Hurricane Beryl
13 July 2024

*Hurricane Beryl supercharged by "crazy" ocean temperatures, experts say.*


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.


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 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.

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

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

Fiction

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

Books

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

Links

Thanks

I would like to thank:


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