For what it’s worth, Barlow lived more in most days than the majority of 
people live in a year or a lifetime. 

He was *finally* working on the book that Penguin contracted him to write back 
in the late 1980’s about the emerging culture of cyberspace. I sure hope he 
got enough done for it to be edited and published. 

I always felt like his Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace misrepresented 
his real thinking about the relationship of law, order, business, and cyber 
culture. Yes, it had a libertarian, anti-government stance. But that was a very 
anti-government moment, as far as the net was concerned. They were arresting 
hackers (Operation SunDevil) and censoring content (Computer Decency Act). Of 
course, by working to make the net a government-free zone, this approach just 
opened it to the corporations who poured in. But I think it was hard to see 
that coming, particularly for the early libertarians of the net, who thought 
small and local business would be favored in such a seemingly a bottom-up, 
decentralized environment. 


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