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|OUR WORLD IS DIFFERENT
nuestro mundo es diferente
|Governments of the Industrial World, you weary
giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new
home of Mind.
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 notknow 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, ourethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more orderthan 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 SocialContract . This governance will arise according to the conditions of ourworld, 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 aworld 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 silenceor conformity. Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and context do not apply to us. They are based on matter, There is no matterhere. 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 common weal, 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 dreamsof 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 atthe 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 bean other 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.
John Perry Barlow, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.
Gobiernos del mundo industrializado, gigantes cansados de metal y carne, yo vengo del ciberespacio, la nueva patria de la mente. No sois bienvenidos entre nosotros. No tenéis soberanía en el lugar donde nos reunimos. No tenemos un gobierno electo ni es probable que vayamos a tenerlo, así que no os confiero mayor autoridad que aquella con la que siempre habla la propia libertad. Declaro que el espacio social global que estamos construyendo es de un modo natural independiente de las tiranías que buscáis imponer sobre nosotros. No tenéis autoridad moral para gobernarnos ni tenéis al alcance medidas de fuerza que debamos temer. Los lícitos poderes de un gobierno derivan del consentimiento de los gobernados. Vosotros no habéis solititado ni recibido el nuestro. No os hemos invitado. No nos conocéis, ni conocéis nuestro mundo. El ciberespacio no está dentro de vuestras fronteras. No creáis que podéis construirlo como si fuese un proyecto de obra pública. No podéis. Es un acto natural y crece a través de nuestras acciones colectivas. (...)
John Perry Barlow, Declaración de Independencia del Ciberespacio.