Re: What is to be done?

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Sun, 23 Mar 1997 17:03:11 -0800 (PST)

> The Squirrel attempts to observe the list convention of not debating
> fundamentals, and will continue, yet he feels obliged to point out that
> the association of transhumanist technological goals with libertarian
> and anarcho-capitalistic political economics may be disadvantageous to
> both, and will certainly appear forced and unconvincing to persons who
> believe in one (whichever) but not the other. Certainly there are many
> thoughtful persons who find no obvious connection between these two sets
> of ideas.

There probably are such persons, but Max coined the term specifically
to refer to those who /do/ see the connection. Self-organization,
optimism, and limitless expansion can be applied to many specific
fields of endeavor: technology, art, epistemology, politics, and
anywhere else they might fit. If someone happens to like one of the
/results/ of Extropian thought, say, transhumanism, but likes it for
other reasons, then he may be a transhumanist, but not necessarily
an Extropian.

To separate some consequences of Extropian ideas from others purely
for political reasons renders the word, and the ideas, meaningless.
If you have a philosophy that implies /some/ of what Extropianism
does, then support that, and support those who might share some of
your goals for other reasons, but call it something else.

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