Re: ExI: Announcing Extropy Institute's Transhumanist FAQ version 0.7

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sat Dec 29 2001 - 20:15:22 MST

cryofan wrote:

> Proposed FAQ question:
> Since the Extropian movement is heavily invested in libertarian
> philosophy, which purportedly stresses individual rights and property
> rights, how do the Extropians reconcile the "open borders" philosophy
> advocated by Extropians, with the fact that most American citizens
> oppose open borders (even before 911WTC numerous polls showed that
> 55-65% of Americans wanted less immigration, which is certainly a long
> way from open borders). Seems as if Extropians would wish to trample
> the individual rights of most Americans by implementing open
> borders--not to mention taking the food out of the mouths of working
> class Americans by lowering wages with immigration...or perhaps a
> weight reduction plan for the working classes is part of the Extropian
> philosophy :-)

What the majority wants or seems to want on any particular
question does not necessarily have anything to do with
individual rights and neither does not getting what they want.
The effects of immigration on productivity and relative wealth
are actually not so simply categorized.

> I am sure you will want to add the above to your FAQ....

This must be a joke but I don't get it myself.

- samantha

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