Re: Nazis memories

J. Maxwell Legg (
Thu, 29 Oct 1998 09:56:00 +1300

Ian Goddard wrote:

> 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.

excerpt from "Isn't libertarian socialism an oxymoron?"

So what does socialism mean? And is it compatible with libertarian ideals? Webster's New International Dictionary defines a libertarian as "One who holds to the doctrine of free will; also, one who upholds the principles of liberty, esp. individual liberty of thought and action."

According to the American Heritage Dictionary "socialism" is "a social system in which the producers possess both political power and the means of producing and distributing goods." This definition fits neatly with the implications of the word "libertarian" indicated above. In fact, it shows that socialism is necessarily libertarian, not statist.