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to express your rejection of Facebook.
Don't use Facebook
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.
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, Ireland, New Zealand, UK,
Australia's previous government tried to
institute national ID cards, but the Labor government dropped
India is now trying to institute national ID cards.
Support the campaign against them.
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
Wikipedia has a list of identity card policies by country.
Stay away from certain countries because of their
Avoid flight connections in these airports because
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.
Mimi and Eunice
Mimi and Eunice book by Nina Paley is great.
Solidarity Economy and Free Software
Personal Declaration of Richard Stallman and Euclides Mance
on Solidarity Economy and Free Software.
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
You can also order copies of my book, 'Free Software, Free
Society, 2nd edition', signed
or not signed.
Proposing the Logo Sea
Turtle — for Whales (October 2015)
When the Cameras Record (August 2015)
words to Greece (June 2015)
Big To Fail (Apr 2015)
What I said about
Hrant Dink in my talks in Turkey (Apr 2015)
under attack from planet Koch.
contractors for hiring ex-officials (Feb 2015)
Suggestion to the target of a
witch hunt (Feb 2015)
Epoch (Feb 2015)
My letter asking the judge not to sentence
Jeremy Hammond to prison. (Jan 2015)
Internet Voting (May 2014)
The patent system is, at best,
not worth keeping. (February 2014)
Why We Need A
State (November 2013)
of Journalists (August 2013)
We can put an end to "too big to fail" with an
that also defeats corporate tax-dodging. (August 2013)
The Apology That Calls For An
Apology (August 2013)
Turkey has woken up from its sleep
during the AKP's fascist regime.
-- Cansu Colakoglu in Taksim Square, 1 June 2013 (Updated 26, June 2013)
Exxon and the Letter Exx. (April 1,
Vote for Benjamin Kallos for New York City Council (March 2013).
Fixing too big to fail (February 2013)
internet music "sale" is a bad deal. (January 2013)
Free Scientific Publishing (January 2013)
Why being able to
watch your boss's life is
for his being able to watch yours. (December 2012)
Why I can't support
Obama. (September 2012)
Why it is
important not to have children. (September 2012)
On-line education is using a flawed Creative Commons license
(September 2012) French
to an inquiry about the September 11 note. (September 2012)
We need a new
911 investigation. (September 2012)
Response to Emily -- the NPR music intern. (July 2012)
Suggestions for National Constitutions. (Updated July 2013)
Redistributable Scientific Publishing (April 2012)
ACTA Threatens Your Freedom (first published in Poland, by
Tygodnik Powszechny) (February 2012)
My Doctor's Office Asked me to
Lie (August 2011)
Sharing or Censorship
video message in Spanish supporting the protests in Spain in 2011.
Also in webm format.
Regarding Mark Vernon's attack on Peter Singer's philosophy. (May 2011)
How Egypt can help Libya. (Feb 2011)
Protect Your Friends — Protect Julian Assange (Jan 2011).
the Global Patronage system of supporting artists on
the Internet. Francis Muguet and I were working on it together at the
time of his death in September 2009. He sent me a draft for version
1.2.1, and I responded with this modified version which I call 1.3.
The principal change was to describe correctly what sort of function
would be used to calculate the shares of the non-attributed funds.
I did not expect him to have any objections, but he died before
the Anonymous protests are the Internet equivalent of protests
on the street. (Spanish
Translation and Norwegian
Sharing License in Brazil.
Internet taxa de
licença para o compartilhamento (Portuguese version).
Also see compartilhamentolegal.org.
- Responding to Beggars
- UK extreme pornography law.
Response to the climate change
End the War on Sharing
The Zeitgeist Movement
A letter to Costa Rica (about the
referendum on the proposed sweatshop treaty with the US).
An interview about the
Steamed Bread Murder Case
and what it implies about right and wrong and copyright.
(This is the English version—it was also
published in Chinese.)
A letter on the Animal Rights movement.
A response to Financial Times
article on "intellectual property rights".
The Conundrum of the Bush Forces Soldier
Here are my responses to the
They might interest some readers.
recording of a radio show that I was on.
The Knife- Stupid Airport Security
What Should the US do in Iraq?
Biopiracy or Bioprivateering?
The states need to form a
A slightly revised version of an
article that appeared
in Salon Magazine on 11 September 2002.
Dear President Musharraf...
On July 22, Israel killed a Hamas
leader, Salah Shaheda, who was in charge of many Hamas attacks.
Is the US killing many Afghan
civilians to save one US soldier?
Political fencing in Israel.
I got a message with a series of points criticizing Americans for
blaming companies and institutions rather than themselves. I partly
agree with the underlying message that people should take charge and
solve problems, rather than just cast blame on others. However, the
points go too far—they whitewash
companies and institutions that really did something wrong.
British book publishers plan to put
a microchip into every book to record who owns it — an
unprecedented surveillance measure. Given the publishers' opposition to
such institutions as free lending libraries and used book stores, we
must suspect that this scheme is aimed at them. Will they try to
collect a fee every time a used book is resold, as part of storing the
new owner's name on the chip?
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors. I was
shocked to learn recently that there is no border fence dividing Israel
from the occupied Palestinian territories. The reason is that
expansionists want to annex these territories permanently. In their
eyes, a fence would be an admission that those territories are not part
of Israel, so they won't allow it.
When President Chavez of Venezuela was ousted in a military coup,
newspaper coverage in the US hinted that Chavez was mentally unstable.
He thought he could make his country independent of the IMF.
He thought that the generals of his
Venezuela would be loyal to Venezuela instead of Washington. A
man would have to be crazy to believe such things—or would he?
When police say "No witnesses", one
must suspect they are up to some kind of dirty work that they don't
want to admit to the public. An encounter in a Paris airport.
Human Rights in the US, and in
China. The Chinese government has released a report detailing human
rights violations in the US. The abuses include torture of
detainees by police, sometimes resulting in death. All governments
should be pressured to correct their abuses of human rights; from
Bolivia to Spain, from the US to China, no government should escape.
Someone to watch over me. Nowadays,
just because you're paranoid doesn't mean you aren't really under
Stopping terrorists before they
start. Making sure that the CIA does not create new enemies to
attack us tomorrow surely deserves high priority in any sincere "War on
Bush has proposed a large increase in military spending, including pay
raises for soldiers, reserves to cover the expenses of possible combat,
unmanned vehicles, and ballistic missile defense. Some of these make
sense, more or less — but ballistic missile defense? It's clear what
is happening here: Bush is at his old
The Injustice of Military Courts.
Bush has a plan to try alleged terrorists in
military courts—-courts where the prosecutor, the defense lawyer,
and the judges all work for Bush. If we could only be sure that the
accused are really guilty, shoddy trials would not matter—we wouldn't
need trials at all. But accusations against innocent people happen with
terrible regularity, and the danger of false convictions is immense.
Police State Minus One Day And
Counting. In late October Congress signed an anti-terrorism bill
that undermined basic protections against police intrusion. It also
attacks freedom of assembly. This article was originally published on
Newsforge the day before the bill (S.1510) was passed. The only
proposed provision that Congress rejected was that for indefinite
detention of noncitizens without trial; Bush then proposed military
trials as a way to get the same job done.
Who watches the watchmen? Whenever police
ask to be allowed to bypass search warrants, we must be on guard. First
published on Newsforge.
If we are not careful, the deadly attacks on New York and Washington
will lead to far worse secondary damage, if the U.S. Congress adopts
"preventive measures" that take away the freedom that America stands
for. Thousands are dead — but millions could
be deprived of civil liberties. First published on Newsforge.
While traveling from South Africa to Sweden in June, I became a victim of the War on Drugs. First
published on Newsforge.
Science must "push
copyright aside." Written for a debate
about electronic access to scientific literature. First published 8
The antidemocratic suppression of public
protest is now a standard part of the effort to impose
antidemocratic trade treaties.
Waiting for the Knock, an article about
Britain's plans for secret police raids to seize decryption keys. First
published in the Guardian (London), 25 November 1999.
Sad to say, this law was adopted in Britain in July 2000. Residents
of the UK must now start using steganography to protect themselves
from secret raids.
Although generally supportive of President
Hugo Chávez, Stallman has criticised some policies on television
broadcasting, free speech rights, and personal privacy rights, in
meetings with Chávez and in public speeches in Venezuela.
"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
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.
Political notes about the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, Italy are being
archived on their own page
(jpeg 2k) (jpeg
64k) There is a black-and-white photograph of me as a 5820K Encapsulated Postscript file, a 3762K JPEG file, and a 5815K
Here is a color photo in JPEG
Here is a more recent photo.
"You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and
decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it
means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system
with his or her whole soul."
portrait by Marco Novo (released CC0 "No Rights
A photo of a
painting of me.
A drawing of me.
A photo of me, in Svalbard, wearing a
snowmobile suit. Taken by Håkon Wium Lie, released under CC BY.
A photo taken by Bill Ebbesen at the Danish Technical University
on 2007/03/31. It is free to use and redistribute (placed in the public domain worldwide by the original copyright
from Copyright vs. Community event, Jan 31, 2008.
from a recent interview.
A photo of RMS with a large "aureole"
by Roberto Brenlla.
painting of Richard Stallman, by Jin Wicked.
drawing of me, by Banlu Kemiyatorn.
under attack from planet Koch.
On doxing, and how to spell it.
A Spanish cartoon: La Ruleta
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 (10/2013) - Poppycock
My Puns in English
(New pun: The Painting Whale, September 2015).
My Puns in Spanish (New pun, 12/2014)
My Puns in French
(New pun: Des poissons
peuvent abimer une rivère 09/2015)
My Puns in Portuguese
My Puns in Italian (New 09/2014)
(Now with: Wintu, Penutian, Cochiti, Taos, and Towa.)
What Republicans Believe.
IGNUcius-- The Church of Emacs will soon
be officially listed by at least one person as his religion for
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.
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
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:
My Small Mouth
The huns and the writs.
I don't know who wrote this, but I hope he does not
object to sharing it here.
No Kludges in Cluj (June 2014)
A science fiction story: Jinnetic
The Right to
Made for You (December 2012)
My books on the Philosophy of Software Freedom,
available from the
My radio program of Music from
Georgia, originally broadcast on WUOG in Athens, Georgia on
Oct 13, 2014.
Resolving the trolley
Quantum Theory and
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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- Positive Internet for sponsoring this web site.
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for installing new
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- Craig Metrolis for working on making pages valid html.
- John C. Vernaleo for helping to run the site.
- Graziano Sorbaioli for
improving the layout of the main page.
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