Larry Sanger

Online knowledge organizer. Co-founder of Wikipedia, Ph.D. Philosophy.

Why pedophilia is evil

Prefatory notes—I wrote the first draft of the following essay about the horror of pedophilia in late 2016 or early 2017 and posted it on Medium and Quora, where it got quite a bit of attention. Since I deleted my accounts on those sites last winter, this essay (and a number of others) have been…

Why murder is evil

Originally posted on Quora, since deleted, and now re-posted here with a few edits. The Quora question was, "Who might you find in the lowest circles of hell?" If there were a hell, then murderers, particularly mass murderers, would have to occupy the very lowest circle. I think many people do…

Toward a social contract for social media

Last week, I led a "strike," or boycott, associated with the hashtag #SocialMediaStrike, directed at the giant, centralized social media services. Though throttled by Twitter and no doubt by others, the brief campaign led to massive use of the hashtag, many people carrying out the strike, as well…

Thanks for striking

Let me express my extreme gratitude to everyone who signed the Declaration of Digital Independence and went on social media strike July 4 and/or 5. I'd also like to thank the many reporters who picked up this story. I'm cognizant that this attention represented some trust of me, i.e., that I…

#SocialMediaStrike resources

Here I will try to maintain a complete page of links to the main #SocialMediaStrike resources. Includes media to share, below. Social Media Strike! (larrysanger.org)Basic info on the social media strike: On July 4 and 5 (at least one day), people with serious grievances…

Declaration of Digital Independence

Version 1.3 (June 29, 2019; version history) See also: Social Media Strike! -- FAQ about the project to decentralize social media -- Resources Humanity has been contemptuously used by vast digital empires. Thus it is now necessary to replace these empires with decentralized networks of…

Social Media Strike!

Short URL for this page: tiny.cc/july45 See also: Declaration of Digital Independence -- FAQ about the project to decentralize social media -- Resources On July 4 and 5 (at least one day), people with serious grievances against social media—including you?—will go on strike. You could, but…

FAQ about the project to decentralize social media

See also: Declaration of Digital Independence -- Social Media Strike! -- FAQ about the project to decentralize social media -- Resources General questions What is the Declaration of Digital Independence? Here it is. It is not meant to be a general bill of digital rights. Rather, it has the…

Version history for “Declaration of Digital Independence”

1.3 (2019-06-29) Added CC-by-sa license (thought I had done this earlier but apparently not). 1.2 (2019-06-29) Added a quote from Thomas Jefferson, author of the original Declaration, and a picture of his Monticello. 1.12 (2019-06-26) Bolded the words "We, therefore, the undersigned people of…

The Antivitist Trend in the West

Recent events have suggested that there is a trend afoot in the West: that life is overrated and that death is not so bad. Call it, for lack of a better term, antivitism (from Latin vita, life). I'm not saying there's a "death cult." But there is evidence of a rather odd trend that seems to…