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September 27, 2017

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, by John Perry Barlow

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 11:27 pm

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

by John Perry Barlow <barlow@eff.org>

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


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. On Freenet

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May 11, 2011

Hats Off to Marilyn Steffen!

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:25 pm


——– Original Message ——–
Subject: county chair
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 14:46:54
From: M. Steffen

I do the best I can here. I’m not an organizer, but I do hand out DVD’s of Freedom to Fascism and the Citizens Rule book by the hundreds and did a radio interview last year at a Silver City radio station and have a 23 minute copy of the show if you would like to have a copy. I talked about the Constitution, Fully Informed Jury and Freedom Fest.
——– Original Message Ends ——–

I’d like to put this interview on the LPNM site.

I’ve passed this on via email, as well as included in the next New Mexico Liberty, and sent it on to the National Chair, Mark Hinkle.


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga / Yahoo!
    2. KCUF Media – Xanga
    3. Partisans of the American Southwest – WordPress / Yahoo!
    4. Yahoo! group – [lpnm-discuss]


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May 7, 2011

The LPNM in May 2011

Filed under: Events, Politics — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 3:56 pm

New Mexico Liberty for May 2011

Albuquerque Liberty Forum is a no-host dinner, with discussion of issues important to libertarians, anarcho-capitalists, extropians, and Constitutionalists.

We’re currently meeting at the Sizzler at 7212 Menaul NE in Albuquerque (two blocks to the east of Louisiana Blvd., on the south side of Menaul), from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome. Speakers will have 30 minutes to make their case, then should be open to questions from the audience. Audience members are requested to ask questions of the speaker as opposed to making statements. All speakers will be considered to have consented to being recorded, including but not limited to audio or video devices, for posting to the internet (YouTube, etc.).

ABQ Campaign for Liberty

Facebook

FreedomConnect

FreedomTorch

Myspace

NMPolitics.org

New Mexico Liberty

Agenda for this event

  1. Round-robin introductions (if needed)
  2. State of the Party speech by LPNM State Chair Mike Blessing
  3. Notices about upcoming events
  4. Getting Started as an Activist


After-event review

What went well

  1. We stuck to the posted agenda fairly well – we didn’t get sidetracked much at all.
  2. We had a few new faces at this event – total attendance was twelve, which is double last month’s number.

What needs improving

The venue’s management seated us in the separate room after another group had previously reserved that same room for every Thursday. So at 7:00 PM, we had to move from that room to the main dining room, where we had to raise our voices to be heard over the piano.


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga / Yahoo!
    2. KCUF Media – Xanga
    3. The Weekly SeditionWordPress / Yahoo!
    4. Partisans of the American Southwest – WordPress / Yahoo!


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March 29, 2011

A Personal Message from Bill English

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:22 pm

Current mood: excited     

I’ve known Bill English for thirteen years now, and can attest to the quality of his character. He’s running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Jeff Bingaman in 2013, and getting the cold shoulder from the Republican Party’s Establishment types. Instead they seem to be supporting Heather Wilson, who is cast from the same mold as those who gave us the round of corporate bailouts in late 2008.

Yes, the same round of bailouts that started the Tea Party groups.

I’ve known Bill as a Ron Paul Republican for most of that time, long before the term “Ron Paul Republican” hit the big time. I don’t agree with him on everything, but I’ve never known him to waver from his principles.

Bill’s campaign site is here – billenglish4senate.org

Anyway, Bill has asked me to organize a modest fund-raising event for his campaign, probably in Albuquerque in the near future. Details later for those interested.

Below is a note from Bill that he’s asked me to pass on to potential supporters.

– MWB


To Fight or Not to Fight – That is the Question

It has indeed been an interesting week! Most notably is the fact that as a political neophyte, I received the education of a lifetime and discovered that all is not as it seems.

As many of you know I am (was?) running for United States Senator for the State of New Mexico. Which is a race that hasn’t even made it to the primaries yet, but already has overtones of a feeding frenzy with a pack of piranhas.

What many of you do not know is that I am a convicted felon. Yeppers, it’s true. About ten years ago I was convicted of a class four felony for aggravated assault because I pulled a gun on a man that was raping my then fourteen year old daughter. I’ve never hidden this fact from anyone, and while New Mexico state law clearly says that as a convicted felon I cannot run for an elected position within the state, it does not say that I cannot run for an elected position within the Federal Government.

Does the fact that I am a convicted felon make me an evil person? Or does it make me a father trying to protect one of his children from a sexual predator? I also point out that I didn’t shoot the little so and so. I put my neck on the line to protect one of my kids. I am willing to do the same for my state and for my country. The question now becomes, what are you willing to do?

During the course of the past several weeks it would appear that the consulting firm that I had hired to help me with the election began running endless polls and among the questions asked was “Would you vote for a convicted Felon?” Apparently they didn’t like the answers because very shortly after that they terminated the contract with me, and left me swinging in the proverbial breeze. It also turns out that they also asked if they would vote for someone who’s been divorced. I have, but I am pleased to say that after twenty three years of marriage to my current wife, I think this one I got right. Hell, it took Newt three tries before he could get his right, and I point out that not once did I ever cheat on my first or second wives.

So! The question now becomes: do I stick it out and fight for what I believe to be right? Do I continue with no money, or no apparent support from those with the power and say so? Or do I quit? I could take the easy way out and quietly fade into obscurity, but then I’d always be sitting there wondering. Or I could continue on in the hope that the citizens of New Mexico will finally take a look at what we got and what we’re going to get, and maybe decide that they need some one like me in office to protect what is New Mexico and its people.

Whatever else I may be, I am still an American first, and a New Mexican. We have too many problems both on a state level and a national level. As each day goes by we lose more and more. I’m willing to fight for my country and my state. Will you stand by me and help me to do battle against those who would see us destroyed?

At least with me you know what you’re getting . . .


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga / Yahoo!
    2. KCUF Media – Xanga
    3. The Weekly Sedition
    4. New Mexico Liberty / Patriotic Resistance / NMPolitics.org / Duke City Fix


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March 2, 2011

LPNM 2011 Annual State Convention

Filed under: Politics — mikewb1971 @ 2:10 am

Libertarian Party of New Mexico

2010 Annual State Convention

Theme – The Way Forward: Rebuilding

Venue – Quarters BBQ
3700 Ellison Dr. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 – See also HERE

Contact Mike Blessing – 505-515-7015

Friday, 15 April 2011

Although there is no formal program for Friday evening, for anyone wanting to arrive early, the early birds will gather in the Quarters BBQ bar area at about 6:00 PM for an informal dinner / discussion – No-host, pay-as-you-go, dinner, cocktails, and networking.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

11:00 AM   Registration and pay-as-you-go lunch, order off the menu – Ø25 per person, to include dinner in the evening
 
1:00 PM   LPNM Business Meeting [no charge for anyone attending ONLY the business meeting]
 

  • All who are registered with the State of New Mexico as Libertarians (“LIB” on the voter registration card) can vote during nominations for public office.
  • Only Caucus Members can vote during LPNM business and internal LPNM elections.
  • Visitors do not vote in any actions or activities.
  • Central Committee meeting after close of the LPNM Business Meeting.

3:00 PM   Speaker [To be announced]
  
4:00 PM   Speaker [To be announced]
 
5:00 PM   Break [so Quarters can prepare for the dinner]
 
5:30 PM   Dinner [included in the registration fee]
  Family-style – includes BBQ chicken, ribs, sliced beef brisket, sliced pork brisket, hot links, with various sides, and includes your choice of iced tea, coffee, or soda [other beverages are pay-as-you-go].
 
7:30 PM   Keynote Speaker – [To be announced]
 
8:30 PM   LPNM Fundraiser Auction [Bring items to donate]
 
9:00 PM   Convention [and Quarters] closes

NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga
    2. KCUF Media – Xanga
    3. The Weekly Sedition
    4. New Mexico Liberty


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March 1, 2011

An Alternative to the AARP

Filed under: Economics, Politics — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:57 pm

Known nationally as “the conservative alternative to the AARP,” the American Seniors Association works hard to fulfill its mission to provide seniors with the choices, information, and services they need to live healthier, wealthier lives.

Our members’ dignity and security matter most to us, and that’s why thousands of Americans every year turn to the American Seniors Association for the help they need.

We offer our members better choices to help with:

  • Medicare
  • Insurance
  • Prescription Discounts
  • Travel Services
  • Auto Club
  • Information on Where to Find the Facts

We are driven by a uniquely American philosophy that starts with the understanding that government doesn’t tax and regulate “things.” It taxes and regulates “people.” Individuals like you and me. That’s why we treat every member as an individual, with a different story and different priorities, freely united as individuals to provide each other with better values in the services we want and need.

At American Seniors Association, we don’t just take the government’s side like some other associations. We are not some big liberal bureaucracy here to try to scare you into going along with Big Government all the time or telling you what to think. Instead . . .

  • We’ll offer you real, useful information so you can make up your own mind.
  • We’ll ask: What do you think?
  • And, we’ll take your side.

And instead of pretending to speak for you on every issue, we’ll help provide you with the information and the tools you need to speak for yourself.

Like we said, we’re different. And we’re working for people just like you.

If you’re tired of having some association you’ve never met claiming to speak for you in Washington DC, then the American Seniors Association is a perfect new home for you.

If you’re tired of your opinion being taken for granted and your intelligence being insulted, then join the growing membership of the American Seniors Association.

You aren’t like everyone else. Neither are we.

A one-year membership with the American Seniors Association is only $15. And, we’ll be happy to add your spouse to your membership absolutely free. If you are an American Senior who believes in individual liberty, and is looking for a different sort of association, we hope you’ll choose the American Seniors Association. We want to work for you.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. KCUF Media – Xanga
    2. The Weekly Sedition / Partisans of the American Southwest
    3. New Mexico Liberty


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February 22, 2011

Local iQ Takes the Plunge

Filed under: Comedy, Entertainment, Politics — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:23 pm

Current mood: amused, cynical

Well, folks, it seems as though Albuquerque’s local weekly “alternative” paper, The Weekly Alibi, is getting a competitor for its audience of “leftist” oppressive and regressive types (also known as “Obamatons”).

In the current edition of Local iQ, there’s an op-ed piece titled “EPA’s efforts have made Earth a better place.” (Local iQ, V.6 I.3 10-23 February 2011, p.15[1])

This is something of a departure from what I had previously thought of as a non-political publication. Indeed, Local iQ used to be just about Albuquerque- and Rio Rancho-area nightlife, book clubs, recipes and such. And they do a decent job there, even if some of their picks are a bit on the pricey side.

Now I’m sure that the paper’s editorial staff and publishers will contend that the article I’ve mentioned here is not in any way politically-intended commentary, and that they printed it as a form of “public service,” like those “public service” TV spots telling kids to avoid (illegal) drugs.

Yeah, right.

The fact remains that all of the EPA’s “achievements” listed in the article were (and still are, in some cases) politically-contentious issues, such as “secondhand smoke,” banning DDT and now “climate change.”

I’m also sure that when this point is brought to the attention of the paper’s staff, they’ll blow it off with an elitist, snobby comment like “We ran that article because we care about the Earth. Don’t you care?

I can only wonder if they’ll offer space for letters to the editor, so that opposing viewpoints can get an occasional airing.

It would seem the logical thing for “Albuquerque’s Intelligent Alternative” to do – give the readers both sides, and let them make up their own minds.

But if they don’t, that’s OK, too – it’s their paper, and they have the right to print (and not print) the articles, columns and such as they see fit.

Just remember that an alternative exists in the New Mexico Breeze.


NOTES

  1. I scanned the article and posted the resulting picture, as the paper’s staff didn’t post it to the web as of this time. After a Google search, I found the original article at the site of E – The Environmental Magazine“40th Anniversary for EPA”.
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga
    2. KCUF Media – Xanga
    3. The Weekly Sedition
    4. Darth Mike
    5. New Mexico Liberty


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February 17, 2011

Donald Trump on Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani

Filed under: Comedy, Entertainment, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:10 pm

In the video clip below, “The Donald” Trump tells CPAC attendees why Ron Paul is “unelectable.”[1]

So if “The Donald” is (s)elected to be President of the United States, will Rudy Giuliani end up as First Lady?

First Harlot is more like it, given Rudy-poo’s previous political career.

No offense intended towards honest courtesans and sluts. Nor any offense intended towards any Liberty-favoring folks living the LGBTQ, kinky, poly, etc., lifestyles[2].

Trump – YOU’RE FIRED.


NOTES

  1. My preference for the GOP presidential nomination is for Gary Johnson. Picture this – Gary Johnson vs. Bill Richardson as the Democrat nominee. Two two-term governors from the same state – all the voters would have to do is compare the candidates’ track records as governor – Richardson would almost have to go negative in order to win, and the last time someone tried that against Gary Johnson (Slick Marty Chavez in 1998), it backfired big-time.

    As for Obama having the Democrat nomination locked up now, well, I’m sure that in 1967, Lyndon Johnson thought that he was a shoe-in for the 1968 nomination.

  2. For example, Outright USA and Pink Pistols.
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga
    2. KCUF Media – Xanga
    3. The Weekly Sedition
    4. Darth Mike
    5. New Mexico Liberty / Patriotic Resistance


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