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

  • From: Shaun O'Connor <capricorn8159@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 18:14:18 +0000

nice find, I like that very much, and so true of how the ignoratti think
of the hacking community..;-)

On 07/03/2015 17:58, Aftermath wrote:
> Reminds me of this classic bit:
> http://www.phrack.org/archives/issues/7/3.txt
> On Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 8:52 AM, Shaun O'Connor
> <capricorn8159@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:capricorn8159@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
>     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    
>     -- 
> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/11/when-time-comes-we-need-be-ready-fight-tpps-secret-anti-user-agenda


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