RE: The Politics of Transhumanism

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 06:50:22 MST

Mike Lorrey wrote,
> Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> > Mike Lorrey wrote,
> > > Similarly, talk of 'upgrading' people, or perfecting ones genes is
> > > similarly scary to people. Instead, talk of a 'right to be healthy',
> >
> > Excellent choice of words, Mike! I am going to start using this.
> >
> > "I have a right to be healthy!"
> Yes, but keep in mind that exercising this right is your own
> responsibility. You can't make others pay for you exercising your right.

True. Some people will extrapolate from "right to be healthy" to "entitled
to be healthy", to entitlements, to "make the government pay for my
life-extension program!" Maybe tying health to "rights" is a slippery

Although we can continue to assert our right to Life, Liberty and the
pursuit of happiness. "Never give up (the ghost)! Never surrender! Never
be sad!"

Harvey Newstrom, CISSP <>
Principal Security Consultant, Newstaff Inc. <>
Board of Directors, Extropy Institute <>
Cofounder, Pro-Act <>

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