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Due to Covid-19, the talks in Spain will not occur on the dates previously planned, but we will reschedule them for when they can be held.

TO BE RESCHEDULED: Valencia - Spain

Start Time: TBA Title: Copyright vs Comunidad Location: Sala La Mutant - Carrer de Joan Verdeguer, 22 - 46024 València Sponsor: Asociación de Usuarios GNU/Linux de Valencia / Las Naves

TO BE RESCHEDULED: Alcoy (Alicante) - Spain

Start Time: TBA Title: Software Libre para tu libertad Location: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia - Campus Alcoy, Calle Rigoberto Albors 8 - 03801 Alcoy, Alicante Sponsor: Asociación de Usuarios GNU/Linux de Valencia / Universidad Politécnica de Valencia - Campus de Alcoy

TO BE RESCHEDULED: Castellón - Spain

Start Time: TBA Title: Software Libre para tu libertad Location: Sala La Bohemia - Calle Císcar 14 - 12003 Castellón de La Plana, Valencia Sponsor: Asociación de Usuarios GNU/Linux de Valencia / Sala La Bohemia

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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.

Don't watch TV coverage of Covid-19!

Bernie Sanders for President.

In San Francisco: Vote for progressive Shahid Buttar in the Democratic primary to replace Nancy Pelosi.

In part of Illinois, vote for Marie Newman for Congress over Dan Lipinski in the Democratic primary.

Support the US Green Party.

Support the Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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"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:

[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: call on Secretary Mnuchin to suspend sanctions on Iran for 120 days.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on the House to pass the Ban Fracking Act.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on the Senate to reject Stephen Schwartz as a federal judge.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on Congress to refuse the demand to suspend habeas corpus. Doing so would allow thugs to arrest people and jail them for any length of time.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on Senator McConnell to stop interfering with who will have the job of investigating the alleged corruption of Elaine Chao, Saboteur of Transportation, who is (as it happens) his wife.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call for an investigation of each congresscritter or senator who is suspected of profiting from Covid-19 by selling stock based on inside information.

    Commentary about this issue.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on the House of Representatives to pass the Ban Fracking Act.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on the FCC to use its authority to put a stop to dangerous Covid-19 disinformation on broadcast TV.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on US governments to release old prisoners and sick prisoners.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call for many steps to keep people safe from catching Covid-19 in prison.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on the US to remove all military forces from Iraq.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on the Boston Globe and the L.A. Times to stop charging for access to coronavirus coverage.

    Paying to access an article these days generally requires running nonfree Javascript code, and tracks who reads the article. I consider each of those an injustice, and I won't stand for either of them. Therefore, if an article is thoroughly paywalled, I do without seeing it.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: 51 Republican senators voted against offering paid sick leave to additional American workers. If any of them is your senator, phone per office now and rebuke per.

    (Please respect gender neutrality and number agreement together, by referring to a single person of unspecified gender as "perse" and "per".)

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on the Senate to reject the political appointment of John Ratcliffe as DNI.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on Facebook to fact-check political ads.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on Congress to pass legislation to provide national paid sick leave. For everyone, that is.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on Louisiana Governor Edwards to implement a rent freeze and a moratorium on layoffs, evictions and water shut-offs in the state of Louisiana.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call on New York Governor Cuomo to end the prison injustices that make prisoners vulnerable to Covid-19.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • Residents of Massachusetts: call on Massachusetts legislators to pass the moratorium on government use of face recognition.

    I gave this personal message:

    I urge you to pass the proposed moratorium on use of face recognition in Massachusetts government activities.

    This is only a first step. Systematic use of face recognition technology, and the systems that can do so, should be very strictly regulated. The operations of Clearview AI should be illegal regardless of what sort of entity carries them out, whether it be public or private.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: stop Wall Street from using the coronavirus to weaken bank regulations.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call your congresscritter at (202) 224-3121 and call for strong action to protect Americans from the effects of the epidemic. Please support these proposed actions:

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: call your congresscritter and say to reject the bully's plan to cut Social Security funds in order to fund response to Covid-19.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • "Quarantine soirees" and digital freedom: does any of the live streams described here respect freedom?

    The usual forms of digital oppression are

    Experience suggests that all of those streams are oppressive, but I'd like to know if any of them is not.

    If you try one and find it to be oppressive, I hope you will not go ahead with installing that nonfree software, entering your personal data, or agreeing to the terms. Get a copy of some music which does not oppress those who listen to it, and listen to that instead.

    It would be useful to inform the organization's personnel of your objections to its computing practices. Keep in mind that they have probably never thought about these issues, never even heard the idea that there might be something wrong with the usual practices that they imitated or were taught by some "expert". So be prepared to explain, and not in an angry tone.

    For streaming, the program they should be using is called IceCast.

  • US citizens: call your senators at (202) 930-8115 and urge them to let PAT RIOT Act surveillance systems expire. Say that if the government wants to get information about people from data bases, it should get warrant to investigate specific people and then get data only about them.

    Here is more information about the situation.

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • Phone your congresscritter and senators to push for a bill that wuld help non-rich Americans cope with Covid-19. The bill would do these things:

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • US citizens and residents: thank abortion providers.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • US citizens: Tell world leaders: don’t exploit Coronavirus to take away our basic rights.

    If you sign, please spread the word!

  • The House of Representatives voted to extend the massive surveillance power originally granted in the USA PAT RIOT Act. Around 60 representatives voted no.

    I suggests phoning your congresscritter's office and asking, "Did Rep XYZ vote to extend the government's power to track massive numbers of phone calls?" If the answer is yes, you could express your opinion of that vote.

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

    If you call, please spread the word!

  • 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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    See the current pol-notes page for more.

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    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.

    Support the Green Party

    Republican Election Rigging Tactics


    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

    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 order copies of my book, Free Software, Free Society, 3rd 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.

    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

    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 (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.)

    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.

    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) Esperanto translation


    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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