In Support of Richard Stallman

Normalizing Truth, Reason, Dialogue

Another group showed support for Richard Stallman in March 2021 by writing a support letter that was signed by 6,876 people. The repository has now been archived and signatures are no longer being accepted. Thank you everyone for your efforts and encouragement.

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Why Did Richard Stallman Resign?

Stallman published two concise notes about his resignations from MIT and the FSF.

  • Resignation from MIT (Archived)

    16 September 2019 (Resignation)

    To the MIT community,

    I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT. I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations.

    Richard Stallman

  • Resignation from the FSF (Archived)

    written Sep 16, mailed by me Sep 19, posted Sep 24 (FSF)

    To the FSF board,

    I hereby resign as president of the Free Software Foundation and from its board of directors. I am doing this due to pressure on the Foundation and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations of what I have said.

    Richard Stallman

            The FSF announced Stallman's resignation on September 16 (Archived)

    Richard M. Stallman resigns

    by Free Software Foundation — Published on Sep 16, 2019 10:08 PM

    On September 16, 2019, Richard M. Stallman, founder and president of the Free Software Foundation, resigned as president and from its board of directors.

    The board will be conducting a search for a new president, beginning immediately. Further details of the search will be published on

    For questions, contact FSF executive director John Sullivan at

As we can see, Stallman stated the same cause in both cases, namely, misunderstandings and mischaracterizations. We mentioned in the introduction that Stallman was misquoted and misrepresented by mainstream media and, as a result, he was the victim of ad hominem attacks by groups who demanded his removal from public life.

Here's how it all began.