Re: Transhuman List Blatant Commentary
Tue, 31 Aug 1999 10:21:12 -0700 (PDT)

Brian S [] wrote:
>I'm not Max or Greg, but I think I know what causes
>the confusion. The Extropian principals and the
>Libertarian ones are not dis-similar, and in many ways
>are complementary.

Not to mention that some of us joined the list when it had an explicit anarcho-capitalist bias and consider the recent changes a wimp-out. Max, of course, has every right to change his definition of what Extropiansism is, but after this recent discussion I'm trying to work out whether I'm still an extropian under the new definitions.

In particular:

Robert J. Bradbury [] wrote:
>After all, the libertarians have no
>way of knowing whether or not Joao would be the one
>to produce the breakthrough that would significantly
>extend their lives.

This would seem to imply that Extropians would accept any kind of behaviour, if it might produce the breakthrough which would significantly extend human lifespan. Is extended lifespan the new highest Extropian ideal, or is there some other limit on what behaviour you regard as acceptable and non-acceptable? If we're supposed to accept taxation and opressive government just because it might lead to anti-aging breakthroughs, then I'm certainly not an extropian any more.