Re: Herding Extropycats [was Shame on Australia]

From: Tim Maroney (
Date: Sat Sep 01 2001 - 23:43:17 MDT

> (On the other hand, the sf community Russell and I have hung
> around in for the last 20 or 40 years tend to be the Aussie variety, which
> is less given to `fanboy libertarianism'.)

Glad to hear it's mostly an American problem, or more properly, a USA
problem. It's not exactly a small problem in the USA SF community, though.

>> What I'm seeing here politically is by-the-book fanboy libertarianism.

> Too true. :)

So we're "agreeing vehemently"?

It's interesting to ask why there seems to be more techno-libertarianism on
this mailing list than one might find in a random sample of science fiction
fans. My first thought is that this is because Extropianism and
Transhumanism essays so far seem to be skewed towards consideration of the
technological possibilities rather than the political, social or
psychological consequences of large-scale human modification or species
transformation. The technology buffs tend to be more right-wing and less
patient with leftie issues like the class politics of a differentiated
species, a la "Brave New World".

Tim Maroney

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