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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.

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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.

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.

Shell USA's new climate tech
29 February 2024

"A Trojan horse of legitimacy": Shell launches a "climate tech" startup advertising jobs in oil and gas.*

Just Stop Oil candidate, UK Parliament
28 February 2024

Just Stop Oil is fielding a candidate for a seat in the UK Parliament as a rebuke to the cowardice of Starmer-Labour.

Prosecution of people forced to drive smuggling boats
28 February 2024

The UK is systematically trying to prosecute the passengers that people smugglers force to drive boats.

Disincentives for population decrease
28 February 2024

China proves that disincentives can achieve a substantial rate of population decrease.

Refugee compelled to drive overloaded boat
28 February 2024

A refugee who was compelled by people smugglers to drive an overloaded boat has been convicted of manslaughter because some of them drowned, because supposedly the smugglers forced on him the "duty of care" — to have required qualifications, to refuse to allow too many passengers, to drive it safely, etc.

This is morally bullshit. A person who is forced to do a job can never deserve punishment on account of being unable to do it properly.

(satire) Cavemen frozen meal kits
28 February 2024

(satire) *New Study Finds Cavemen Had Trouble Sticking To Paleo Diet Without Frozen Meal Kits.*

(satire) Bullshitter needs $5 for bus
28 February 2024

(satire) *New [bullshitter] Fundraising Email Claims Candidate Needs $5 For Bus To New Jersey So He Can See Ailing Mother.*

Attempt to declare that "nature" has rights
28 February 2024

The UK, and other countries, rightly resisted an attempt at a UN conference to declare that "nature" has rights.

This must be rejected because it is an incoherent idea. Exercising a right requires volition. "Nature" as such does not have volition. Neither does a species, an ecosystem, or a ship … or a corporation, for that matter.

Although many countries treat a corporation as a "person" and accord it rights, that policy is harmful. and we need to change it. In the US, we need to override the Corporations United decision which says that constitutional rights apply to corporations.

Laws to protect aspects of nature are a different issue. Those are coherent, and in general I support them. Indeed, I think we need to make some of these laws more strict and add more. But we can protect aspects of nature without confusing ourselves philosophically.

Rare harmful consequences of Covid-19 vaccines
28 February 2024

The rare harmful consequences of Covid-19 vaccines are being tracked with great care. A couple of side effects have been found to happen to 1 or 2 people in every million that has been vaccinated.

But if you have the bad luck to get one of these, you'll probably recover anyway. And you're more likely to get either of them after a real Covid-19 infection than after a vaccination.

Potential move to restrict asylum
28 February 2024

*Progressives lambaste Biden over potential move to restrict asylum.*

Not everyone has ground for asylum, but rejecting people without a hearing is evidently unjust.

Trying to "compromise" with the Sabotage Party is futile. Their specific demands, ordered by the fascist saboteur, are meant only as trolling, and when he wants them to block government he can invent a new excuse at any moment.

European countries pulling out of energy charter treaty
28 February 2024

Several European countries have now pulled out of the Energy charter Treaty.

Alas, this is not as beneficial as it might have been. Pre-existing foreign investments remain covered by the treaty for many years after a country leaves the treaty. What is really needed is something stronger: for the countries that belong to it to agree to an "update" which turns this part into a no-op.

(satire) Snap recipients must balance food on nose
28 February 2024

(satire) *New Law Requires SNAP Recipients To Balance Food On Nose Until Receiving Command To Eat It.*

Trial of 4-day work week
28 February 2024

The UK's trial of 4-day work week was a success. 9/10 of the companies that started it a year ago are still using it.

Embryo shipping services halt business to Alabama
28 February 2024

*Embryo shipping services to halt business in Alabama after IVF ruling.*

That puts the Alabama IVF clinics that no longer dare to continue with the implantation of the frozen embryos that they are storing on patients' behalf into a quandary. There is no course of action that won't make them liable.

I expect it is not safe to be pregnant in Alabama either.

Insurrectionist says biggest threat is from within our country
28 February 2024

*[The insurrectionist] told the National Religious Broadcasters that "the greatest threat" to the US is "people from within our country".*

Nice of him to admit it.

Alabama ruling on embryos
28 February 2024

The Alabama court ruling that every embryo is a "child" makes no sense in terms of biology and medicine, and is based on mistaking science fiction (artificial wombs) for reality.

When the judges grasp the reality, that none of those stored embryos can develop into a baby except by being implanted, I have a hunch they will conscript women to forcibly implant them into. Or maybe they will force the woman who made the eggs to suffer implantation of all of her stored embryos at once. These would seem like justice to people who don't care about human suffering.

But I doubt they could find any doctors willing to perform those procedures.

Car theft by technical cracking
27 February 2024

Emulators that pretend to be radio keys make stealing a car faster and easier than ever before.

*Revealed: car industry was warned keyless vehicles vulnerable to theft a decade ago.*

These cars are full of computers with nonfree software and little security. But the insecurity (like the surveillance) depends on their attempt to communicate by radio. If you deactivate the antennas, the car may be safe.

How difficult is that in practice? Does anyone collect information on converting connected cars into disconnected cars?

Urgent: Bankruptcy case of Near Intelligence
27 February 2024

US citizens: call on the FTC to intervene in the bankruptcy case of Near Intelligence and stop it from ever again selling people's location data.

Urgent: Capital One / Discover merger
27 February 2024

US citizens: call on the Federal Trade Commission to block the Capital One / Discover merger.

Urgent: Monarch butterflies
27 February 2024

US citizens: call on the Fish and Wildlife Service to protect monarch butterflies.

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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