Today, I turn 40

Today, on the 21st of January, it is 40 years since I was born in 1972. Therefore, I am taking the liberty of taking a day off from activism and celebrating this event with my close and dear friends and colleagues.

Of course, given the current escalation of insanities from authorities and the copyright monopoly lobby alike, it can feel a little frustrating to take a day off right now. It is at times like those that I remember the wise words of our first Member of European Parliament, Christian Engström:

If you feel you need some time off from activism, that’s the right thing to do. There is no reason to fear that the world will run out of evil while you’re away.

Some people have asked me what it feels like feeling 40, if I’m getting into some sort of expected crisis. On the contrary! Six years ago, on founding the Swedish Pirate Party, I discovered how much more fun it is to speak your exact mind and make a mess out of the status quo at the same time, and I have forty years left of all this fun to stir things up! All the fun I’ll have!

For the forces of evil certainly aren’t resting on their laurels. 2012 is going to be a really messy year on the front of civil liberties, calling for a lot of action and activism. There is too much evil happening to even try to list the bad stuff off the top of my head. Lots of work to do here.

But not today.

Today, I take a day off and celebrate like there’s no tomorrow.

But, alas, there is. See you on that tomorrow. I might be a little tired. Comes with age, you know.

Rick Falkvinge

Rick is the founder of the first Pirate Party and a low-altitude motorcycle pilot. He lives on Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany, roasts his own coffee, and as of right now (2019-2020) is taking a little break.


  1. Jan

    Happy birthday Rick!


  2. niklas


  3. jhattara

    Congratulations and enjoy your day off.

  4. Mikael Hedberg

    Grattis Rick! Ta din lediga dag och fira ordentligt du, det är du helt klart värd!

  5. illunatic

    Happy Birthday! I’m not big into astrology, but perhaps there is something to the aquarius’s humanitarian streak! Have a great one.


    PS – I’m 30 in a week o/

  6. Jonas D.

    Een gelukkige verjaardag from Belgium!

  7. Britt

    All the very best for your birthday!

  8. Elias L.

    Grattis Rick <3

  9. AeliusBlythe

    Happy birthday!

  10. Colin

    Happy Birthday Rick!
    We all look forward to seeing you back in the saddle tomorrow to fight the copyright monopoly and other evils.
    Best of luck with all your projects for this year.

  11. Markus

    Ett stort grattis!!

  12. Stefan

    Alles gute und auf weitere 40 Piratenjahre!

  13. Jerker Montelius


  14. Finlay

    Happy Birthday!

  15. Silke

    Happy Birthday, have a great one!

  16. Urban Sundström

    Stort Grattis, och idag får nu några extra Flattr-klick.

    Hälsn. Urban och PIRAT-bilen.

  17. Hans J

    Stort Grattis!
    Happy Birthday!
    Hals und Beinbruch! 😉

  18. Henry Rouhivuori

    Onnittelut nelikymppiselle!

  19. Daniel


  20. CJ Hinke

    Suksan wan gert, Rick! I had not heard the Christian Engström quote before. The real problem is not with us activists taking a break but getting a few others to share the burdens, risks and rewards. I’d rather be in gaol with folks I can trust have my back…

  21. Benny

    Stort grattis

  22. Linda


  23. Christer


  24. Anders

    Gratulerar på bemärkelsedagen!

  25. Emma

    Jättegrattis på födelsedagen! 🙂

  26. morr

    Gratulationer!!! 😉

  27. Herr Doktor

    Stort grattis, din gamla get! Happy jävla birthday. 🙂

  28. Q

    I’m 28 and sometimes I feel quite old. But age is in your mind.
    Happy birthday in your new version 4.0

  29. manen


  30. Wayne Borean

    Happy Birthday.

    Meantime, over in Canada, I’ve been pouring gasoline on some fires by talking about past predictions, where I was unfortunately right.

    One of the hats I wear is Futurist, and there are times I would really rather not be right.



  31. smen


  32. Zacqary Adam Green

    Unless Ray Kurzweil’s right, in which case you’ll have 70, then 160, then 340, then the rest of eternity to mess things up. And/or the nanobots will assimilate us all and the concept of “you” will be irrelevant.

    On a less batshit note, happy birthday.

  33. Rickard Olsson

    I for one welcome our old pirate overlord. 😉

  34. Peter Andersson

    Hope you had many presents, here’s some whining from one guy that didn’t get the one he was expecting (SOPA), unless maybe he got the raid on MegaUpload instead…

  35. Giulip Prisco

    Happy birthday Rick! And thank you!

  36. Anonymous


  37. ulf_pirat

    Ett stort grattis till dig.

  38. Dillian

    Appreciation for this ifnoartmion is over 9000-thank you!

  39. Someone

    Can’t have only 38 comments then.

  40. Someone

    There you go

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