[cryptome] Re: A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

  • From: Shaun O'Connor <capricorn8159@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 16:52:31 +0000

prophetic  in many ways . methinks i will keep that as it so well
epitomizes the internet as it was at the time of it inception and what
it has become over the intervening years.

On 07/03/2015 09:50, Александр wrote:
> ​ ​
> by John Perry Barlow
> Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and
> steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the
> future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome
> among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.
> We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I
> address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty
> itself always speaks. I declare the global social space we are
> building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to
> impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess
> any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.
> Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
> You have neither solicited nor received ours. We did not invite you.
> You do not know us, nor do you know our world. Cyberspace does not lie
> within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it
> were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature
> and it grows itself through our collective actions.
> You have not engaged in our great and gathering conversation, nor did
> you create the wealth of our marketplaces. You do not know our
> culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our
> society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.
> You claim there are problems among us that you need to solve. You use
> this claim as an excuse to invade our precincts. Many of these
> problems don't exist. Where there are real conflicts, where there are
> wrongs, we will identify them and address them by our means. We are
> forming our own Social Contract . This governance will arise according
> to the conditions of our world, not yours. Our world is different.
> Cyberspace consists of transactions, relationships, and thought
> itself, arrayed like a standing wave in the web of our communications.
> Ours is a world that is both everywhere and nowhere, but it is not
> where bodies live.
> We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or
> prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station
> of birth.
> We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her
> beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into
> silence or conformity.
> Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and
> context do not apply to us. They are all based on matter, and there is
> no matter here.
> Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order
> by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened
> self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge . Our
> identities may be distributed across many of your jurisdictions. The
> only law that all our constituent cultures would generally recognize
> is the Golden Rule. We hope we will be able to build our particular
> solutions on that basis. But we cannot accept the solutions you are
> attempting to impose.
> In the United States, you have today created a law, the
> Telecommunications Reform Act, which repudiates your own Constitution
> and insults the dreams of Jefferson, Washington, Mill, Madison,
> DeToqueville, and Brandeis. These dreams must now be born anew in us.
> You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a
> world where you will always be immigrants. Because you fear them, you
> entrust your bureaucracies with the parental responsibilities you are
> too cowardly to confront yourselves. In our world, all the sentiments
> and expressions of humanity, from the debasing to the angelic, are
> parts of a seamless whole, the global conversation of bits. We cannot
> separate the air that chokes from the air upon which wings beat.
> In China, Germany, France, Russia, Singapore, Italy and the United
> States, you are trying to ward off the virus of liberty by erecting
> guard posts at the frontiers of Cyberspace. These may keep out the
> contagion for a small time, but they will not work in a world that
> will soon be blanketed in bit-bearing media.
> Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate
> themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to
> own speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas
> to be another industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our
> world, whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and
> distributed infinitely at no cost. The global conveyance of thought no
> longer requires your factories to accomplish.
> These increasingly hostile and colonial measures place us in the same
> position as those previous lovers of freedom and self-determination
> who had to reject the authorities of distant, uninformed powers. We
> must declare our virtual selves immune to your sovereignty, even as we
> continue to consent to your rule over our bodies. We will spread
> ourselves across the Planet so that no one can arrest our thoughts.
> We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be
> more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.
> Davos, Switzerland
> February 8, 1996    


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