Re: Addendum to Economy, Ego & Extropians

Natasha V. More (
Wed, 21 May 1997 15:29:31 -0500

At 01:35 PM 5/20/97 CST, Rick Knight wrote:

> In my previous e-mail today, I meant to attach a quote that I got from
> a guy by the name of Michael Ventura who used to (may still) write for
> LA Weekly. The quote was to underscore my feeling about how overt
> materialism preoccupies (at best) or sedates/immobilizes (at worst)
> our citizenry.
> "This is the death of the Republic: When the people clamor to be
> shielded from reality, when they praise their government for keeping
> things from them, when they choose to conduct their lives within the
> limits of whatever fantasy the government supplies, then they are no
> longer consenting to be governed, they are begging to be ruled."

This so interesting to me because I spoke with Michael Ventura a few years
ago about transhumans. I was pitching a story for him to write the the LA
Weekly. We had an forthright conversation about the future but when it was
all said and done, he said he had no interest in the future from an
optimistic vantage. He chose to write from the belly of the beast.

Natasha Vita More [fka Nancie Clark]

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