lookin4 wrote


Richard is male, white, has a degree, worked at M.I.T., travel a lot and seems healthy, so I would claim that he combines many privileges.

I am pretty sure he gets a salary as he is in position of President since inception of the Foundation. But as far as I know there is no statement where he's self-critical and asks himself if it's really needed to shrink donations by individuals or rely on corporate charity/sponsorship (whatever the money's source is) just to be certain oneself is not going to starve and is able to live a good life. Remaining in position for ever and making no public attempts to dismantle the formal and informal hierarchy coming with the figure and person he is today is very questionable.

His ideas, values and words are widely spread and in a niche also respected which I could imagine may be a feeling that is likely and easily to get used to. But it compromises the character ("My name shall be known beyond my death").

Regarding his private life however, not much is known and he has no obligation to talk about it, but as long as I do not know much about his lifestyle (without free software references or metaphors) I remain skeptic if Richard's willingly or unwillingly reproducing some kinds of oppression.


The FSF is a more or less ordinary NGO whose acting is usual, being proved "successful" in capitalism. At least for me a liberal world view is strongly associated with the term Non-governmental organization.

If it's not historically inaccurate I like the Foundations early belonging and promoting of Copyleft GPL, FDL etc. - BSD licenses smells like anarcho-capitalism. So as a platform or umbrella organization for more protection and privacy of the activists I like the Foundation (imagining the nightmare I must expose my personal information on every license-copy that is delivered with "my" software).

Besides this everything they do is a work of human beings, e.g. the campaigns, hosting, work of coding liberated forks of Unix software so no credit for the brand organizational skeleton, but the involved people!


lookin4 wrote

Broke my recent habit being vegan today at a free buffet, because otherwise the stuff would have been thrown away. Bought a sleep mask. Came home pretty much tired, decided to drink something with caffeine while downloading some entertainment. Unfortunately youtube-dl broke after the first part, so I switched to a browser add-on. Shortly after finally watching and relaxing. Then got a call, but did not answer it. Decided to quickly upgrade a debian system from jessie to stretch simultaneously - after a few hours still without success, *sigh*. Now going to sleep.


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lookin4 wrote

I am sorry, I think I can not offer a proper description or explain the ideas and goals in detail. Mainly because I am a non-native speaker of the english language, so it will surely lack of easy language and I have no profound knowledge about mesh-networking.

Freifunk is a grassroots-movement whose goals are to de-centralise and de-commercialize the connections to the internet and to promote connections among the participants to empower communications, file transfers and information without being dependent on the internet (and therefor commercial providers and their policies on which hardware you must use, for what purpose do you use the service, at what cost, how much privacy is granted, ...). With mesh-networking everybody connects with everyone, so there is no hierarchy and almighty authority who is in control and could act oppressor.

See also:


lookin4 wrote

Tl;Dr: Make long range wifi receivers, connect them to wifi, and then use software to make it into one fast internet line.

After reading your text I remain curious, but skeptic. Is it really that simple? Do the original operators of the WiFi get notice of this unintentionally share of bandwidth - or does the satellite act like a usual client? When they are reading the logs I am pretty sure they will recognize the increasing size of transferred data, which may result in narrowing down the range or discontinue the service.

Let me know what you think, thanks.

Basically a good idea, but not literally radical, because someone needs to be a customer of a provider. It reproduces capitalism while the means of production remain in the hands of a few.

It is probably better (but not more easy by all means) to set-up mesh networks. Have you ever heard of Freifunk?


lookin4 wrote

Well, thank you for the link! Does somebody know how to download that document within Tor? I want to have a local copy of it and mirror it outside of Google's servers.

Our wiki have storage for it, which would make it easy and privacy-friendly for forums and their sidebars to link to it.


lookin4 OP wrote (edited )

Aha. Are there plans to develop and implement an algorithm? Or to vote on the forums that should appear there? Maybe it could be done via a bot (weekly voting threads) and automation (writing the results to the database/place inside Postmill-files).

But as this may be a lot of work, in the meantime it would be helpful when the list has a public known history to know how and when it was last updated.


lookin4 wrote (edited )

were they both urban communes?

Yes. One in a city with inhabitants >50.000 and the other >500.000

How many people?

We we're about 25 people, with a wide range of different ages.

How did you guys divide up tasks?

It depends. Everybody is responsible to keep their own room clean, if they are able to do it physically. The house-kitchen was cleaned by one for all on a date, where they had time to do it voluntarily, usually after the common supper prepared also by one for all that evening. Preparing food before and after that for oneself is done on its own. To get bulk supply of basic food, toilet paper, detergent etc. for all of us was a voluntary task of one, to get basic drinks of another one. All other nutrition stuff (e.g. favorite jam, clothes) was individual.

Was there sufficient privacy?

In my opinion: Definitely. Everybody has it's own room, which could be locked.

What were the finances like - rent, costs, etc...? Did you save money by doing this?

Ground and house were bought a few years before my moving in by the founding communardes with money they saved, they got as wage and funds by friends and supporters who already built similar projects and a credit from a so-called leftist bank.

The communardes and their friends founded a collective in form of a corporation for legal purposes, whose only task is to act as property owner and to ensure that no single person or the board as a whole can abuse their power to sell everything. With statues, social charter it was ensured everyone who lived there is a member of the collective, share their income, that majority vote make way for consensus. It also describes how to act as landlord and tenant at the same time.

What kinds of creative group projects did you undertake?

We had a sharing economy, meet regularly to talk about our individual and common expenses and variation of our income. There were a social assembly to exchange on our joy, curiosity, bliss, worries, anxieties, rage, insecurity, ... In working-groups we discussed about necessary repairs of the house the collectively-owned car, reproduction work, upcoming visits and events, our cooperation with the community-supported agriculture, accommodation, giving workshops, networking...

Two times a year we did trips, and another two times, in spring and autumn, were used to commonly do huge maintenance work around the house.


lookin4 wrote

Unfortunately, no. This might be because we are distant-relatives. Their partner and the majority of the family however are also not a big fan of this, but they seem to deal with it more relaxed than I do... but perhaps this is my distorted perception since I don't see them regularly.

There are hopefully more conflicts and worries related to it than imagined, which leads someday to their quitting the military. Or the call of duty transforms, when becoming a parent. Their mind and civil education offers better options than to be at war for the state corporations.

Tip: Try to identify their motivation for joining. It could be the uniform, the companionship, the desire for authority or leadership, the thrill, adventure, reputation or whatnot. Even if you don't get the idea of some or all of the above, explain them it can be found in civil jobs, too. Make a pitch for firefighters, paramedics, emergency management.

Good luck! If you want, keep us up-to-date. At least I am very curious.