Re: Anti-Capitalism

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Thu Apr 19 2001 - 18:15:07 MDT

Neal Blaikie writes

>Lee Corbin wrote:
>> As a point of historical curiousity, I would like to
>> know from any of the people who have been on this
>> list continuously for more than five years, when
>> did anti-capitalists become a significant presence?
>> It's a fact that early extropians tended very much
>> towards libertarianism, no? When I was on the list
>> in 1996, anti-capitalists were non-existant, so far
>> as I saw.

> You see anti-capitalists as a significant presence? Hmmm. How are you
> defining this? As someone who has only been on the list for about four
> months, I would say libertarianism is way dominant here, sometimes to
> the point of being intolerant of dissenting viewpoints. Since critical
> thinking is an important principle of extropianism, this has always
> seemed odd to me.

Three people have posted anti-capitalist memes recently,
and I once read somewhere that three is a crowd. As for
tolerance, I consider anything short of banning or flaming,
as quite tolerant. As for critical thinking, it sometimes
compels one (on certain subjects) to be rather dismissive---
life is still short, after all.

KPJ <> writes

> People who asserted views against freedom of personal
> ownership appeared on the Extropians mailing list late
> - only in the last few years in fact.
> Many, who previously called themselves Communists or
> Socialists, have started calling themselves Anarchists
> after the fall of Communism.

How strange. Why do they not call themselves Progressives?

Thanks for the data points, guys.

Lee Corbin

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