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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!
FSF Giving Guide
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.
This 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 looking for a few more volunteers to help install new political notes on the site. If you'd like to help me in this way, 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.
Civil Liberties Minute:

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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Coal miners still on strike
28 November 2021
*Alabama Miners Are Still on Strike After 8 Months.*
Exploiting workers is always bad, but if a coal mine treats its workers well, it is nonetheless a danger to the ecosphere. What we need is not the establishment of good working conditions in that coal mine, it is to shut the mine and replace it with other employment with good conditions.
Thugs falsifying records
28 November 2021
Louisiana thugs appear to falsify records on the racial identities of drivers they stop, so as to disguise their bias in deciding who to stop.
Complex banking schemes
28 November 2021
The UK has reevaluated the tax implications of certain complex banking schemes that some people have used for many years, and sent them unexpected tax bills, some as much as hundreds of thousands of pounds. Many cannot possibly pay. Some responded by suicide.
Omicron variant in the UK
28 November 2021
The UK has required masks in stores and public transport, as a precaution against the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which has already been found in the UK.
This will slow the spread of Omicron, but since people are still allowed to eat together inside restaurants, the variant will surely anyway. Basically, this is not enough.
Omicron has also been found in other European countries.
(Satire) Families work Thanksgiving shifts
28 November 2021
(satire) *Amazon To Let Warehouse Employees' Families Work Thanksgiving Shifts Too.*
(Satire) Macy's parade balloons
28 November 2021
(satire) *Al Roker Reminds Macy's Parade Viewers All The Balloons They See Today Are Up For Adoption.*
28 November 2021
Polls show that Biden's popularity has decreased, but the progressive parts of his agenda remain popular.
Dangerous Channel crossings
28 November 2021
The obvious way to stop most migrants from travelling to Britain on small boats is to set up a workable system to let them apply for asylum from elsewhere.
Given that 2/3 of them who reach Britain on boats do receive asylum, the goal of keeping them away is misguided.
Indian farmers continue protesting
28 November 2021
* [Indian] farmers will continue protesting until the government meets several other demands, including raising the minimum price of their produce, withdrawing legal action against some farmers, and paying compensation to the families of hundreds of farmers who have died as a result of the civil action.*
Bravo! People who are not rich can't trust Modi to keep a promise.
What Modi tried to do is Modi make individuals negotiate deals with giant companies that face only small amounts of competition. That puts the companies at a big advantage and leads the individuals to ruin.
Omicron variant
28 November 2021
May countries have restricted entry from southern Africa where the Omicron variant is believed to be spreading

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The four factors of the apocalypse:
   global heating, global hating,
   global eating, global mating.
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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."
Frederick Douglass​, American Abolitionist, Letter to an associate, 1849
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
Homeopathy debunked​, and thoroughly, as pseudoscience.
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.
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.)
--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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