Re: Anti-Capitalism

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Sat Apr 21 2001 - 02:55:15 MDT

On Sat, Apr 21, 2001 at 04:33:25PM +1000, Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 02:03 AM 4/21/01 -0400, James J. Hughes wrote:
> >Trying to do my part to
> >reawaken the older tradition of techno-utopianism of the left.
> In this corner, too, speaking!

You better get working on coming up with some sane model of a "leftist
transhumanism" (for lack of a better word). I have been asking for it
for ages - I think there is nothing that has hurt the development of
transhumanism as much as the lack of internal debate over the
philosophical foundations of transhumanism. We need something more than
just taking one's normal political stance with transhumanism tacked onto
it, we need a true synthesis.

This is especially necessary for liberal (in the american sense of the
word) transhumanists, as being technology, biotech, nanotech, human
enhancement etc. is increasingly being called a right-wing project from
the left. You risk becoming labelled as right just because you like
progress. The cure would be to construct some valid leftist system
taking transhumanistic technologies and values into account, but I fear
that it would take much work and might not earn a happy reception in the

> [`I'm Spartacus.' `No, I'm Spartacus.' `Over here!' `Yo!']

I'm spartacus evil twin!

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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