Re: Nazis memories

Ian Goddard (
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 00:45:29 -0500

At 08:46 PM 10/27/98 -0800, Max More wrote:
>Nick, I do think the Nazi history is sometimes a source of fear and
>resistance. When I spoke at a conference in Germany about integration of
>technology into the human being to enhance function, a German women stood
>up and strongly hinted that I was a Nazi. This will keep happening to us. I
>think it's important, when responding, to stress that we want these
>technologies to be available but we are utterly opposed to compelling
>anyone to use them. (That's an important reason for having the Open Society
>principle.) We may face more difficulties if the day comes when a group of
>transhumanists form who *do* want to force everyone to upgrade according to
>the groups plans.

IAN: In fact, it stands to reason that "socialist transhumanism" would be "compulsory transhumanism," because a socialist plan is government implemented and thus compulsory, and therefore the libertarian ethic is the definitionally anti-Nazi >H policy; and as such, the libertarian ethic is the only policy compatible with ethical transhumanism.

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