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Introduction to Libertarian Transhumanism
Introduction to Libertarian Transhumanism
Published: 2014/03/29
Channel: The Libertarian Transhumanist
What is LIBERTARIAN TRANSHUMANISM? What does LIBERTARIAN TRANSHUMANISM mean?
What is LIBERTARIAN TRANSHUMANISM? What does LIBERTARIAN TRANSHUMANISM mean?
Published: 2016/10/08
Channel: The Audiopedia
Are Transhumanism and Libertarianism A Good Fit?
Are Transhumanism and Libertarianism A Good Fit?
Published: 2014/05/08
Channel: John Niman
Libertarianism and Transhumanism - How Liberty and Radical Technological Progress Fit Together
Libertarianism and Transhumanism - How Liberty and Radical Technological Progress Fit Together
Published: 2016/11/22
Channel: G. Stolyarov II
BHC: ANARCHO/LIBERTARIAN "TRANSHUMANISM"
BHC: ANARCHO/LIBERTARIAN "TRANSHUMANISM"
Published: 2014/05/04
Channel: Black Hand Communique
Transhumanist Dystopia
Transhumanist Dystopia
Published: 2016/11/29
Channel: Post Market Society
Why I don
Why I don't like Transhumanism
Published: 2016/09/17
Channel: Anarcho Anarchism
Zoltan Istvan and Dave Rubin: Transhumanism, Capitalism, and Future Technology  (Full Interview)
Zoltan Istvan and Dave Rubin: Transhumanism, Capitalism, and Future Technology (Full Interview)
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: The Rubin Report
A Libertarian Transhumanist Critique of Jeffrey Tucker
A Libertarian Transhumanist Critique of Jeffrey Tucker's "A Lesson in Mortality"
Published: 2012/05/16
Channel: G. Stolyarov II
My thoughts on TransHumanism
My thoughts on TransHumanism
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: Tanner Crowson
Vote Transhumanism! Wait, what
Vote Transhumanism! Wait, what's transhumanism? | HowStuffWorks NOW
Published: 2016/07/06
Channel: HowStuffWorks
Jason Silva on Transhumanism:  Are We Decommissioning Evolution?
Jason Silva on Transhumanism: Are We Decommissioning Evolution?
Published: 2016/01/11
Channel: Big Think
Living Online and the Liberty.me Launch
Living Online and the Liberty.me Launch
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: The Libertarian Transhumanist
Scott Jeffery, Ph.D. - Tantric Transhumanism
Scott Jeffery, Ph.D. - Tantric Transhumanism
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: Trans- States
/r/Anarchism in a nutshell
/r/Anarchism in a nutshell
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: Anarcho Anarchism
The case for anarchist transhumanism?
The case for anarchist transhumanism?
Published: 2015/02/01
Channel: David Wood
The Incoherence and Unsurvivability of Non-Anarchist Transhumanism
The Incoherence and Unsurvivability of Non-Anarchist Transhumanism
Published: 2015/11/08
Channel: William Gillis
Zoltan Istvan on Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence (Part 1)
Zoltan Istvan on Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence (Part 1)
Published: 2016/10/05
Channel: The Rubin Report
Transhumanism vs. Tainted Nature History
Transhumanism vs. Tainted Nature History
Published: 2016/04/02
Channel: gTime Johnny Merrill
Zoltan Istvan on Transhumanism and Liberty
Zoltan Istvan on Transhumanism and Liberty
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Lions Of Liberty
A Conversation Among Transhumanist Libertarians and Socialists
A Conversation Among Transhumanist Libertarians and Socialists
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: G. Stolyarov II
Transhumanism, Fallen Angels, Mark of the Beast, 666...
Transhumanism, Fallen Angels, Mark of the Beast, 666...
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: TheNarrowPath
Refutation of RockingMrE
Refutation of RockingMrE's "Transhuman Megalomania" Video
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: G. Stolyarov II
What Is Anarcho Transhumanism?
What Is Anarcho Transhumanism?
Published: 2017/07/27
Channel: sparky test
Transhumanism and Confronting Singularity in the 2016 Election with Zoltan Istvan
Transhumanism and Confronting Singularity in the 2016 Election with Zoltan Istvan
Published: 2015/06/08
Channel: TheLipTV2
Zoltan Istvan On Libertarianism
Zoltan Istvan On Libertarianism
Published: 2016/03/22
Channel: Being LiberTV
James Hughes - Automation & the Decline of Human Employment - Borderlands Books
James Hughes - Automation & the Decline of Human Employment - Borderlands Books
Published: 2013/01/28
Channel: Adam Ford
James Hughes - History, Politics, Utopia & Transhumanism
James Hughes - History, Politics, Utopia & Transhumanism
Published: 2013/01/23
Channel: Adam Ford
Anarchist H+ vs. Huhwhite Nationalism
Anarchist H+ vs. Huhwhite Nationalism
Published: 2016/09/21
Channel: Summerspeaker
What is Cyber-Nihilism?
What is Cyber-Nihilism?
Published: 2017/05/14
Channel: Eldritch Nihilist
Sucess/transhumanism/vr and mgtow
Sucess/transhumanism/vr and mgtow
Published: 2016/12/22
Channel: Element
Zoltan Istvan on Future Technology, Capitalism, and the Stem Cell Debate (Part 2)
Zoltan Istvan on Future Technology, Capitalism, and the Stem Cell Debate (Part 2)
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: The Rubin Report
Introduction to Libertarianism
Introduction to Libertarianism
Published: 2013/04/28
Channel: Dylan Carper
Red Ice Radio - Zoltan Istvan - The Transhumanist Wager: In Favor of Eugenics
Red Ice Radio - Zoltan Istvan - The Transhumanist Wager: In Favor of Eugenics
Published: 2014/05/21
Channel: Red Ice TV
What is DEMOCRATIC TRANSHUMANISM? What does DEMOCRATIC TRANSHUMANISM mean?
What is DEMOCRATIC TRANSHUMANISM? What does DEMOCRATIC TRANSHUMANISM mean?
Published: 2016/10/04
Channel: The Audiopedia
John Zerzan - Anarcho-Primitivism and Transhumanism (2nd discussion)
John Zerzan - Anarcho-Primitivism and Transhumanism (2nd discussion)
Published: 2014/07/12
Channel: Adam Ford
Cato
Cato's David Boaz Talks Politics, History, and His Path to Libertarianism
Published: 2015/02/09
Channel: ReasonTV
Zoltan Istvan, Artificial Intelligence & Transhumanism, 08-07-2017
Zoltan Istvan, Artificial Intelligence & Transhumanism, 08-07-2017
Published: 2017/08/08
Channel: Martin Willis Live Shows
Zoltan Istvan: How the Immortality Bus Changed Transhumanism Forever
Zoltan Istvan: How the Immortality Bus Changed Transhumanism Forever
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: News2Share
Joe Rogan Experience #806 - Dave Smith
Joe Rogan Experience #806 - Dave Smith
Published: 2016/06/07
Channel: PowerfulJRE
Interview: Larry Sharpe on Running for NY Governor as Libertarian
Interview: Larry Sharpe on Running for NY Governor as Libertarian
Published: 2017/07/28
Channel: News2Share
The Herding of Humanity Towards Transhumanism with Matt Landman
The Herding of Humanity Towards Transhumanism with Matt Landman
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: Freedom Free For All
Richard Jones on Against Transhumanism: the Delusion of Technological Transcendence
Richard Jones on Against Transhumanism: the Delusion of Technological Transcendence
Published: 2016/05/03
Channel: Singularity Weblog
Clarioncast 03/06/13 Main Topic: Transhumanism - With: Cosmic Claire
Clarioncast 03/06/13 Main Topic: Transhumanism - With: Cosmic Claire
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: Clarion News Channel
Transhumanism
Transhumanism
Published: 2012/05/23
Channel: Chris Herman
David Pearce & David Zuccaro on Nietzsche, Libertarianism & Utilitarianism
David Pearce & David Zuccaro on Nietzsche, Libertarianism & Utilitarianism
Published: 2014/01/01
Channel: Adam Ford
Stefan Molyneux The Transhumanist Nightmare Humans Vs Robots
Stefan Molyneux The Transhumanist Nightmare Humans Vs Robots
Published: 2015/11/12
Channel: The Great Work
Bill C-16 Re-Education with Tim Moen, Leader of the Libertarian Party
Bill C-16 Re-Education with Tim Moen, Leader of the Libertarian Party
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: Freedom Free For All
A transhumanist manifesto
A transhumanist manifesto
Published: 2013/10/13
Channel: David Wood
Atheism, Transhumanism rant
Atheism, Transhumanism rant
Published: 2014/12/05
Channel: Roen Horn
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Libertarian transhumanism is a political ideology synthesizing libertarianism and transhumanism.[1][2][3] Self-identified libertarian transhumanists, such as Ronald Bailey of Reason magazine and Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, are advocates of the asserted "right to human enhancement" who argue that the free market is the best guarantor of this right, claiming that it produces greater prosperity and personal freedom than other economic systems.[4][5]

Principles[edit]

Libertarian transhumanists believe that the principle of self-ownership is the most fundamental idea from which both libertarianism and transhumanism stem. They are rational egoists and ethical egoists who embrace the prospect of using emerging technologies to enhance human capacities, which they believe stems from the self-interested application of reason and will in the context of the individual freedom to achieve a posthuman state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. They extend this rational and ethical egoism to advocate a form of "biolibertarianism".[4]

As strong civil libertarians, libertarian transhumanists hold that any attempt to limit or suppress the asserted right to human enhancement is a violation of civil rights and civil liberties. However, as strong economic libertarians, they also reject proposed public policies of government-regulated and -insured human enhancement technologies, which are advocated by democratic transhumanists, because they fear that any state intervention will steer or limit their choices.[6][7][8]

Extropianism, the earliest current of transhumanist thought defined in 1988 by philosopher Max More, initially included an anarcho-capitalist interpretation of the concept of "spontaneous order" in its principles, which states that a free market economy achieves a more efficient allocation of societal resources than any planned or mixed economy could achieve. In 2000, while revising the principles of Extropy, More seemed to be abandoning libertarianism in favor of modern liberalism and anticipatory democracy. However, many Extropians remained libertarian transhumanists.[1]

Criticisms[edit]

Critiques of the techno-utopianism of libertarian transhumanists from progressive cultural critics include Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron's 1995 essay The Californian Ideology; Mark Dery's 1996 book Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century; and Paulina Borsook's 2000 book Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through the Terribly Libertarian Culture of High-Tech.

Barbrook argues that libertarian transhumanists are proponents of the Californian Ideology who embrace the goal of reactionary modernism: economic growth without social mobility.[9] According to Barbrook, libertarian transhumanists are unwittingly appropriating the theoretical legacy of Stalinist communism by substituting, among other concepts, the "vanguard party" with the "digerati", and the "new Soviet man" with the "posthuman".[10] Dery coined the dismissive phrase "body-loathing" to describe the attitude of libertarian transhumanists and those in the cyberculture who want to escape from their "meat puppet" through mind uploading into cyberspace.[11] Borsook asserts that libertarian transhumanists indulge in a subculture of selfishness, elitism, and escapism.[12]

Sociologist James Hughes is the most militant critic of libertarian transhumanism. While articulating "democratic transhumanism" as a sociopolitical program in his 2004 book Citizen Cyborg,[13] Hughes sought to convince libertarian transhumanists to embrace social democracy by arguing that:

  1. State action is required to address catastrophic threats from transhumanist technologies;
  2. Only believable and effective public policies to prevent adverse consequences from new technologies will reassure skittish publics that they do not have to be banned;
  3. Social policies must explicitly address public concerns that transhumanist biotechnologies will exacerbate social inequality;
  4. Monopolistic practices and overly restrictive intellectual property law can seriously delay the development of transhumanist technologies, and restrict their access;
  5. Only a strong liberal democratic state can ensure that posthumans are not persecuted; and
  6. Libertarian transhumanists (who are anti-naturalists) are inconsistent in arguing for the free market on the grounds that it is a natural phenomenon.

Klaus-Gerd Giesen, a German political scientist specializing in the philosophy of technology, wrote a critique of the libertarianism he imputes to all transhumanists. While pointing out that the works of Austrian School economist Friedrich Hayek figure in practically all of the recommended reading lists of Extropians, he argues that transhumanists, convinced of the sole virtues of the free market, advocate an unabashed inegalitarianism and merciless meritocracy which can be reduced in reality to a biological fetish. He is especially critical of their promotion of a science-fictional liberal eugenics, virulently opposed to any political regulation of human genetics, where the consumerist model presides over their ideology. Giesen concludes that the despair of finding social and political solutions to today's sociopolitical problems incites transhumanists to reduce everything to the hereditary gene, as a fantasy of omnipotence to be found within the individual, even if it means transforming the subject (human) to a new draft (posthuman).[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hughes, James (2001). "The Politics of Transhumanism". Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  2. ^ Istvan, Zoltan (5 May 2014). "Transhumanists and Libertarians Have Much in Common". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Krepelka, Jan (29 July 2014). "Transhumanism: the next step of civilization". Laissez-faire Institute. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Bailey, Ronald (2005). Liberation Biology: The Scientific and Moral Case For the Biotech Revolution. Prometheus Books. ISBN 1-59102-227-4. 
  5. ^ Reynolds, Glenn (2006). An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 1-59555-054-2. 
  6. ^ Bailey, Ronald (2005). "Trans-Human Expressway: Why libertarians will win the future". Retrieved 2006-02-05. 
  7. ^ Carrico, Dale (2005). "Bailey on the CybDemite Menace". Retrieved 2006-02-05. 
  8. ^ Bailey, Ronald (2009). "Transhumanism and the Limits of Democracy". Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  9. ^ Barbrook, Richard; Cameron, Andy (2000). "The Californian Ideology". Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  10. ^ Barbrook, Richard (2007). "Cyber-Communism: How the Americans Are Superseding Capitalism in Cyberspace". Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  11. ^ Dery, Mark (1996). Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century. Grove Press. ISBN 0-8021-3520-X. 
  12. ^ Borsook, Paulina (2000). Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through the Terribly Libertarian Culture of High-Tech. Mother Jones. ISBN 1-891620-78-9. 
  13. ^ Hughes, James (2004). Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future. Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-4198-1. 
  14. ^ Giesen, Klaus-Gerd (2004). "Transhumanisme et génétique humaine". Retrieved 2006-04-26. 

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