Re: NEWS: Genoa riots

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Mon Jul 23 2001 - 11:18:38 MDT

On Mon, Jul 23, 2001 at 11:40:08AM -0400, Michael Wiik wrote:
> I have to wonder, how much of extropian opposition to the protestors is
> based on the values expoused by the protestors as opposed to the actual
> globalization initiatives? I seem to recall extropians of several years
> ago quite opposed to globalization.

I consider the commitment to open societies one of the cornerstones of
extropianism (it might have been subsumed under the heading of
self-organisation in earlier versions of the principles, but the basic idea
was there). This accounts quite well for extropian opposition to much of
the protests. While the protestors come from a very broad spectrum of
groups and ideologies, there is a predominance of the anti-enlightenment
ideologies on that side, and many groups seem to be more or less against
the open society. That doesn't mean extropians naturally come down on the
side of the people at the meetings that are being protested; quite a few
libertarians love to scold the WTO and IMF.

Personally I can't see why any transhumanist would be against a globalized
world - national boundaries are one of the more obvious and removable
limitations that currently hold us.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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