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Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.

Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.

The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it.

The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it.

But groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having. ---->>>

I personally think intellectual property is an oxymoron. Physical objects have a completely different natural economy than intellectual goods. It's a tricky thing to try to own something that remains in your possession even after you give it to many others. ---->>>

So I'm just waiting until one party or the other actually gets a moral compass and a backbone. ---->>>

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.

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.

I had always thought that the idea of love at first sight was one of those things invented by lady novelists from the South with three names. ---->>>

It didn't matter what we did or where we did it as long as we were together. We knew we'd found what most people either pursue in years of futile search or dismiss as a fantasy at the outset: the missing half of ourselves. The real thing. ---->>>

Any powerful technology has sauce for the goose and the gander... It's just an extension of humanity. ---->>>

Royalties are not how most writers or musicians make their living. Musicians by and large make a living with a relationship with an audience that is economically harnessed through performance and ticket sales. ---->>>

The Internet may well disempower the nation state, but at the same time, it also strengthens certain specific state functions - like surveillance. As a political entity, it doesn't empower the nation sate. It creates the availability of much more data than the digestive system of the nation state could possibly assimilate. ---->>>

The Internet is the most liberating tool for humanity ever invented, and also the best for surveillance. It's not one or the other. It's both. ---->>>

The government targets 'Anonymous' for the same reason it targets al-Qaida - because they're the enemy. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

In Cyberspace, the First Amendment is a local ordinance. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I mean I look forward to the day when I can be Republican again. ---->>>

I personally think intellectual property is an oxymoron. Physical objects have a completely different natural economy than intellectual goods. ---->>>

I'm still strongly opposed to antismoking laws, strongly opposed to any law that regulates personal behavior. ---->>>

The entertainment industry is as it always has been. It's a rough bunch of people and a rough industry. ---->>>

If you have the 'Total Information Awareness' project working, it might be relatively easy to find everyone who had bought more than a ton of fertilizer and 500 gallons of diesel in the last year, which would be a great way of spotting potential Tim McVeighs - but it would also spot half the farmers and ranchers in America. ---->>>

Google, Amazon, Apple. Any number of cloud providers and computer service providers who can increasingly limit your access to your own information, control all your processing, take away your data if they want to, and observe everything you do; in a way, that does give them some leverage over your own life. ---->>>

Most libertarians are worried about government but not worried about business. I think we need to be worrying about business in exactly the same way we are worrying about government. ---->>>

The 'Total Information Awareness' project is truly diabolical - mostly because of the legal changes which have made it possible in the first place. As a consequence of the Patriot Act, government now has access to all sorts of private and commercial databases that were previously off limits. ---->>>

They seem to have forgotten that, and are back saying the only purpose of P2P networks is for illegal trading of owned goods. We claim part of the reason for P2P is for legal trading of what ought to be in public domain. And what is in public domain in many cases. ---->>>

If all ideas have to be bought, then you have an intellectually regressive system that will assure you have a highly knowledgeable elite and an ignorant mass. ---->>>

Most scientific revelations happened after the pursuit of knowledge quit being secret and hermetic. ---->>>

Everyone seems to be playing well within the boundaries of his usual rule set. I have yet to hear anyone say something that seemed likely to mitigate the idiocy of this age. ---->>>

The one thing that I know government is good for is countervailing against monopoly. It's not great at that either, but it's the only force I know that is fairly reliable. ---->>>

I think that humor is part of what saves us from despair. ---->>>

It's widely assumed that you can't compete with free, and that seems like a reasonable thing to think. But this has not been my experience. ---->>>

Musicians by and large make a living with a relationship with an audience that is economically harnessed through performance and ticket sales. ---->>>

The Internet amplifies power in all respects. It can grossly exaggerate the power of the individual. ---->>>

The stratosphere is my church. ---->>>

I don't know that I believe in the supernatural, but I do believe in miracles, and our time together was filled with the events of magical unlikelihood. ---->>>

But generally speaking, I felt to engage in the political process was to sully oneself to such a degree that whatever came out wasn't worth the trouble put in. ---->>>

I don't think that the movie industry is any more ready than any other part of the information industries to adapt itself to the information age. But it's going to go there one way or the other. ---->>>

I think the 'counterculture' believes that there are ways to manage being the world's most powerful country that involve creation of consensus - ruling by virtuous example rather than by force of arms. ---->>>

There are a lot of kids out there copying and distributing movies - not because they care about seeing the movies or sharing them with their friends, but because they want to stick it to the movie business. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 10-03, 1947
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John Perry Barlow (born October 3, 1947) is an American poet and essayist, a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, and a cyberlibertarian political activist who has been associated with both the Democratic and Republican parties. He is also a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead and a founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is Fellow Emeritus at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where he has maintained an affiliation since 1998. He has been identified by Time magazine as one of the "School of Rock: 10 Supersmart Musicians."(wikipedia)