Matthias Kirschner, FSFE and Fraud in free software

William Carlson williamfromtexas at
Fri May 24 08:58:12 UTC 2019

Never mind, now it looks like this email jumped my FSFE folder somehow and
landed in my inbox. Hopefully I am already removed from the new list. Sorry
for the confusion.

On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 10:50 AM William Carlson <williamfromtexas at>

> Hi Daniel
> How can I unsubscribe from the "" mailing list? I
> didn't sign up the first time (a few weeks ago) so I unsubscribed. Now it
> seems I have been subscribed again?
> Thanks for letting me know.
> Best
> William
> On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 10:14 AM Daniel Pocock <daniel at> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Matthias Kirschner sent an email recently using the word Fraud.
>> If any of you downloaded the mailing list data that FSFE made available,
>> what you have done is much like browsing a list of your friend's friends
>> on social media.  Millions of people do that every day.
>> Europe's stringent new privacy regulation, the GDPR, is for enterprises.
>>  FSFE e.V. is regulated under GDPR.  You and I, as volunteers, are
>> private individuals and we are not subject to that regulation.
>> We can talk to each other.
>> In a free country, citizens communicating with each other are not
>> committing any crime.
>> Please don't be afraid of Kirschner when he behaves like a toddler,
>> stamping his foot and throwing tantrums.
>> In Nazi Germany and the GDR, fear reigned and people were discouraged
>> from talking to each other.  Kirschner's email is a blatant attempt to
>> maintain a similar culture of fear.
>> Kirschner appointed his staff and friends to be the only official
>> members of FSFE e.V. so he never has to face a real vote.  Is a leader
>> who is appointing his employees to vote for him a real leader, or simply
>> a coward?
>> In the middle ages, feudal lords, like Kirschner, didn't put themself up
>> for election either.  They wanted to be president for life, like the
>> despotic dictators of impoverished countries.  Every now and then, the
>> feudal lord would burn a witch or lock somebody in the stocks to keep
>> the community afraid.  Can you see echoes of this in the way Kirschner
>> has treated a volunteer, your fellowship representative, for talking
>> about censorship?
>> Kirschner has spent more than a year spreading defamation behind my
>> back.  That is how he sought to undermine your decision to vote for me.
>> Now we have seen it in his public email.  Some people asked me why I
>> kept this going: I didn't, I resigned in September 2018.  Kirschner has
>> kept it going in numerous ways.
>> For many years, the FSFE web site invited you to Join.  But you were
>> never recorded as members.  You never received invitations to the annual
>> meeting.  Was the "Join" button a Fraud organized by Kirschner?
>> FSFE told you that you could vote for a representative.  The President,
>> Matthias Kirschner, insisted on exercising control over communications
>> from the representative to the community, even secretly applying a
>> communications policy[1] to the representative.  Is that real
>> representation?  Or was that potentially an example of Kirschner's FSFE
>> making a Fraud?
>> FSFE e.V. has been registered as a charitable organization for tax
>> purposes.  However, FSFE's focus has changed dramatically from pursuing
>> what is best for society to getting what is best for the corporate
>> donors like Google.  It is perfectly OK for businesses to set up lobby
>> groups: but it isn't OK for them to masquerade as charities and profit
>> from taxpayers and the work of unpaid volunteers.   Herr Kirschner,
>> could the charitable registration be a Fraud?
>> Kirschner claims that FSFE is transparent and makes reference to
>> Transparency International.  Yet the published[2] accounts are the most
>> opaque set of accounts I've ever seen.  Even Swiss banks reveal more.
>> Could the Transparency claim be a Fraud?
>> Matthias Kirschner wrote a long email last week making many references
>> to legal counsel and law enforcement.  There has been no communication
>> whatsoever from both legal counsel and law enforcement.  Not one
>> lawyer's letter, not one inquiry from police.  No SWAT teams and no
>> Panzer tanks crawling up the street.
>> Authorized downloads of the mailing list are simply not a crime.
>> Kirschner's email looks like the behaviour of somebody who is not a
>> police officer putting on a police uniform and pretending to be a
>> policeman.  Matthias Kirschner, is your email itself the biggest Fraud?
>> Regards,
>> Daniel
>> 1.
>> 2.
>> --
>> Former FSFE Fellowship Representative
>> Debian Developer
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