Re: Extropian Party Platform

D.den Otter (
Mon, 11 Oct 1999 22:58:53 +0100

> From: Brian D Williams <>

> Think Tank time:
> The Extropian Party Platform,
> phil 'n' the blanks
> Education:
> NELAP, the national education laptop.
> The stated goal is to put a laptop in the hands of every school
> child through K-12.
> My idea is to have it as a design competition, with a multibillion
> dollar first prize... get those juices flowing....

Teach rationalism in school (arguments against religion etc. should be mandatory classes). If parents try to sabotage this, they should receive a stern warning, after which their ass would be kicked with appropriate force.

Self-defense/mental empowerment classes for everyone, from a very early age (so that by the time you graduate, you're practically a Jedi Master). Teach responsible use of firearms as well as martial arts.

Proper, hands-on sex education.

Gender stereotypes should be avoided as much as possible; the aim is to create a more androgyne society.

> Science/Space:
> A Manned/Womaned landing on Mars by 2010.

Self-sustained colonies on the Moon, Mars and/or in "free space" by 2020-30.

Increase funding for nanotech, genetic engineering and other (potentially) transhuman technologies.

Manhattan project for human uploading.

Intelligence augmentation & life extension to become national priorities.

Cryonics to receive X billion research budget and full legal status (recognized as a potentially life-saving procedure, so no more autopsies, delays in hospitals or other bureaucratic, deathist nonsense).


Automate the legal system & prisons as much as possible. No more physical contact between inmates, only minimal and heavily supervised contact between inmates and guards. Standard senstences, no juries, binding precedent, no public trials etc. (see previous posts on this topic).

Legalize all victimless crime.

Get tough on real crime (an eye for an eye).

Curb unwanted (illegal) immigration, while attracting people who are willing and able to contribute to the economy, and don't cause trouble.


Abolition of work through extensive automation. The aim is to have generous standard welfare for everyone, while those who want more can have their own (liberal) sub-economy.

Taxes are gradually abolished as level of automation increases. State plays (responsible) pimp and dope dealer (etc.) to partially finance the transition from wage slave society to automated welfare society.


Free, high-quality healthcare for everyone through automation and economies of scale.


Make tiered voting system; the more tax you pay (or in some other way contribute to society), the more voting points you get. Actually you'd want to create a kind of meritocracy/ technocracy. The right to vote is something that has to be earned, just like a driver's license.