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Declaration of Independence [Mar. 21st, 2005|02:30 am]
Arvind Narayanan
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace by John Perry Barlow of the EFF. From 1996, but I just discovered it. Very eloquently written.

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.

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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.
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