RE: ExI: Announcing Extropy Institute's Transhumanist FAQ version 0.7

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Sat Dec 29 2001 - 20:29:01 MST

cryofan [] wrote,
> Proposed FAQ question:
> Since the Extropian movement is heavily invested in libertarian
> philosophy, which purportedly stresses individual rights and property
> rights, how do the Extropians reconcile the "open borders" philosophy
> advocated by Extropians, with the fact that most American citizens
> oppose open borders (even before 911WTC numerous polls showed that
> 55-65% of Americans wanted less immigration, which is certainly a long
> way from open borders). Seems as if Extropians would wish to trample
> the individual rights of most Americans by implementing open
> borders--not to mention taking the food out of the mouths of working
> class Americans by lowering wages with immigration...or perhaps a
> weight reduction plan for the working classes is part of the Extropian
> philosophy :-)
> I am sure you will want to add the above to your FAQ....

Good question, with no easy answer! I have captured it for further
consideration. This falls into a larger question of how to handle clashes
of values. What one person sees as a freedom, another persons sees as a

Harvey Newstrom, CISSP <>
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