Re: MEME: History, Nazis, and >H
Sat, 11 Dec 1999 16:24:05 EST

In a message dated 12/5/99 1:26:10 PM Central Standard Time, writes:

> My specific interest is "what form of social organization is presupposed as
> an infrastructure for the achievement of Transhumanist and Extropian
> objectives?" I've gotten a bit disoriented with respect to this thread,
> I'm sure you can help me refocus. Is there some inclination to interpret
> "Transhumanism" as a species of "Fascism"? What is the postulated nexus
> between "Transhumanism" and the politics of Germany from, say, 30 Jan l933
> when Hitler became chancellor to 07 May l945, the unconditional surrender
> (Hitler died 30 Apr l945). I seem to have lost the resolution for this
> debate.

As far as I can tell, the main nexus is by way of the notion of "eugenics" and the image of the "Aryan Master Race". I discuss this a little in the dialogue I participated in that's published in the most recent edition of "the Assembler" (and which we're trying to get up onto the Extropy Online site). The connection is, of course, completely bogus, but it happens often enough that it has to be addressed and understood.

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