Larry Sanger

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

A Good Man

Imagine—let us give him a name—Joshua. We say he is a good man. To say so in general is to say that he supports and preserves life wherever it is found. This is the essence of good action, but action springs first and foremost from feelings and motives, and therefore let us begin there. We…

Sanger News: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020

While perhaps not the most momentous news of the day, possibly the most shocking is the news that a retired French pharmacy professor, Jean-Bernard Fourtillan, was removed from his home to a psychiatric hospital—for questioning the official Covid-19 narrative. This LifeSite News article aptly…

The Sanger Daily: Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

Oh, boy. The Supreme Court simply rejected the Texas lawsuit to throw out voting results in four states. Since there were no dissents, one has to assume that the case was correctly decided. The reason, apparently, was that Texas had no legal standing to file the claim. Very well. We have to…

Evening News, Dec. 10, 2020

#CivilWar was trending on Twitter this morning. Apparently, Rush Limbaugh was talking about the unfortunate possibility of a civil war, while Tim Pool explained why this was not entirely crazy talk. Look at it this way. Suppose the Supremes take the case and rule in favor of Trump and the…

December 10, 2020

I am thinking of making a news and commentary blog rather than spending any significant time commenting on Twitter. To explore that idea, which I would execute over the holidays rather than take much work time, I thought I would make a brief sample post. So here goes. (Let me know what you think…

The Era of Centralized Social Media Is Over

For too long, we have made what has amounted to a Faustian bargain. If you post your comments, your pictures, your videos, your essays, your reviews—your content—on Big Tech's enormous centralized platforms, then Big Tech will give you free hosting, an audience if you compete well, and some…

Geeks: Give the Gift of Computer Security!

Christmas is coming, and that means you could be giving your non-geeky loved ones the gift of...computer security and privacy. And just think, you might be the only person grandma knows who can fix her up. What a special present! "But, give the gift of computer security?" you ask. "How?" Read…

In Memoriam: Charles Boone, Philanthropist Responsible for Reading Bear and WatchKnowLearn

This day before Thanksgiving, I sit to write about a man I am thankful for. I celebrate the contributions to online knowledge of Memphis-area philanthropist Charles Boone. Now that he has passed away—August 28, 2020, at the age of 85—I feel privileged to be able to share something he asked me…

How to Solve Email

Universal problem, circa 2000: you move around from school to school, job to job, Internet provider to Internet provider. They all give you email addresses, which of course constantly change. What a headache. If you're over 30 or so, you remember having to tell people regularly about how your…

My new book is launched in paperback: Here are some quotes

I am announcing that my book is now available on Amazon in paperback. Please show your appreciation for this blog (and my other attempts to enlighten the world) by buying it! Here: Essays on Free Knowledge: The Origins of Wikipedia and the New Politics of Knowledge, Sanger Press (my own…