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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:

[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.

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.

Automated political propaganda
29 May 2024

Today's bullshit generators are already adequate for generating political propaganda.

Social media's facts on Google's LLM
29 May 2024

Google Search's bullshit generator, described misleadingly by Google as "AI", encourages users to run with scissors and to eat rocks.

If only users were not told repeatedly that this is "artificial intelligence" they would call it a bullshit generator.

Urgent: Boeing contract to test nukes
29 May 2024

US citizens: call on Congress to cancel Boeing's nuclear weapons testing contract.

If you phone, please spread the word! Main Switchboard: +1-202-224-3121

Urgent: Investigate Mercedes' union-busting
29 May 2024

US citizens: call on Congress to investigate Mercedes's union busting.

If you phone, please spread the word! Main Switchboard: +1-202-224-3121

Urgent: UnitedHealth's medical monopoly
29 May 2024

US citizens: call on the DOJ to break up UnitedHealth's medical monopoly.

Urgent: American-Israel PAC
29 May 2024

US citizens: call on Democrats in Congress to reject AIPAC, which supports enemies of US democracy.

If you phone, please spread the word! Main Switchboard: +1-202-224-3121

Urgent: Declare a climate emergency
29 May 2024

US citizens: call on Biden to declare a climate emergency.

If you phone, please spread the word! White House: +1-202-456-1111 and (TTY/TDD) +1-202-456-6213

Brexit's effect on UK campaign
29 May 2024

The taboo about reevaluating departure from the EU makes it impossible to honestly confront the issues raised by its consequences.

The ICC sounded the alarm, ISR
29 May 2024

*The ICC arrest request is a fire alarm for Israel. Will it take heed?*

Global courts, a contextual history
29 May 2024

*In dismissing calls for Netanyahu’s arrest, the west is undermining its own world order.*

Students' rights to protest
29 May 2024

*I run a university — people like me should be backing students' right to protest over Gaza.*

Classified-docs criminal-case judge
29 May 2024

*[A former White House lawyer] says [the corrupter's secret documents case] ‘could have easily gotten to trial and that Aileen Cannon has delayed on issues most judges would have handled.*

This is more reason to suspect that that judge is trying to serve the corrupter.

Abortion rate now up
29 May 2024

The abortion rate in the US has increased since the Supreme Court was taken over by the right-wing. So has the sterilization rate for women, who are taking precautions to ensure they can't need an abortion.

I hope to see Congress swing Democratic this year because of grass-roots support for abortion rights.

Rice grows its own vit. A
29 May 2024

Greenpeace won a court victory in the Philippines blocking commercial cultivation of rice that has been genetically modified to produce Vitamin A. Deficiency of vitamin A kills around 100,000 people each year, world wide.

Any given genetically modified crop may be harmful, or not, depending on its practical effects, which include whether it is restricts sharing among farmers by means of an imposed legal monopoly (which could be a patent, or a plant variety monopoly).

The pesticide-resistant crops that campaigners denounce are harmful in practice, both because of their restriction of farmers' rights and because the pesticides used on them are harmful to wildlife and perhaps to humans too.

Vitamin-A-producing rice do neither of these kinds of harm, so they should be authorized.

See also my article, "Biopiracy or Bioprivateering?"

Labour on climate crisis
29 May 2024

The Labour shadow energy secretary agrees that climate defense is an emergency but says the tactics of Just Stop Oil are counterproductive because they alienate people.

That might be true, but since they see that the climate emergency will kill them in a few decades, what does he suggest that they do instead? Should they join Just Trust the Government instead? Or Just Give Up?

It is the government's responsibility to be the climate leaders inspiring the people to more action. If they demonstrate that following them is more effective than following Just Give Up, millions will rejoice and follow them.

French activists have chosen a different tactic: picketing the energy company TotalEnergies and a big fund that invests in it.

I saw ads for TotalEnergies in Europe recently. It wants the public to associate it with "all kinds of energy", especially renewable electric generation, and forget the inconvenient fact that it is still increasing fossil fuel extraction.

Googling today: Section 230, revisited
29 May 2024

One way to make use of bullshit generators on web sites safer would be for a court, or a law, to insist that their operators are legally responsible for the advice given by that they generate.

This would entail changing section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to distinguish between publishing other people's writing (for which the site is not liable) and publishing material generated by software that the site's owner generates (or contracts to generate) using software. If generative systems participate in writing the text, the site would be liable for that text.

An identified (even if pseudonymous) human author could use a generative system, but would then take responsibility for its output.

ChatGPT as a programmer helper
29 May 2024

ChatGPT was asked programming questions based on items in StackOverflow. More than half of the generated answers were incorrect.

Take care against admiting a bullshit generator into the sources of what purport to be knowledge.

Scientific adviser's advice, UK
29 May 2024

The UK's former chief scientific adviser warns that the world is not ready for the next pandemic.

Urgent: Check your voter registration
28 May 2024

US citizens: verify that your voter registration has not been purged. Republicans are doing their usual voter deregistration drive and you may have been targeted.

Urgent: Respect the ICC
28 May 2024

US citizens: call on Biden to respect the International Criminal Court and reject sanctions against it.


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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