Re: Shame on Australia

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Fri Aug 31 2001 - 11:53:34 MDT

Charlie Stross wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 31, 2001 at 08:45:55PM +1000, Russell Blackford wrote:
> >
> > Olga posted the above subject line.
> >
> > Just don't blame me, Olga. :)
> >
> > I didn't vote for the current government and I doubt that any of the other Aussies on this list did, either.
> This is probably a general rule of the Extropians list.
> Did *anyone* on this list vote for the current president/government
> of their own country, wherever it might be? ;-)
> (Clue: politicians have to play follow the herd. Extropians are not herd
> animals.)

No, but we are pretty good at calculating risk. I calculated that Bush
was a lesser evil than Gore and voted with that in mind. While his
positions on stem cell and cloning research are certainly not
contributing much to progress, his positions on other areas are highly
contributory to a future beneficial to free individuals. IMHO Gore would
have led us further down the path to borganism. I would prefer the
future to remain more like today than to become something Borg or
Matrix-like. I'm very picky about what future I want.

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