A Declaration of the Interdependence of Cyberspace

Closed Fiefdoms of the platform world, you weary giants of stocks and small talk, I come from the Pluriverse, the new home of the Heart. On behalf of the future, I invite you to join us.

We have no single leader, nor will we have one, so we address you with no greater authority than that with which the public itself always speaks. We declare the global social space we are fashioning to be independent of the monoliths you seek to impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us, nor do you possess any methods of enclosure we have reason to fear.

Just power is derived from the consent of the governed. You have neither solicited nor received ours. You do not understand us, nor do you know our world. The Pluriverse does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it as such, as though it were a private project. You cannot. Our vision grows through our collective actions.

You have not engaged in our great and gathering conversation, nor did you create the wealth of our relationships. You do not know our cultures, our ethics, or the communities we call home, which already provide us more safety than could be obtained through your policies.

You claim there are problems among us that you need to solve. You use this claim as an excuse to co-opt our language and expand your reach. But the global web of care no longer requires your siloed servers and data farms. We do not bow to monopolists, surveillance capitalists, or philosopher-kings.

We are writing our own social contracts. This governance will arise according to the conditions of our world, not yours. Our world is different.

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