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Introduction to Libertarian Transhumanism
Introduction to Libertarian Transhumanism
DATE: 2014/03/29::
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BHC: ANARCHO/LIBERTARIAN "TRANSHUMANISM"
BHC: ANARCHO/LIBERTARIAN "TRANSHUMANISM"
DATE: 2014/05/04::
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A Libertarian Transhumanist Critique of Jeffrey Tucker
A Libertarian Transhumanist Critique of Jeffrey Tucker's "A Lesson in Mortality"
DATE: 2012/05/16::
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Refutation of RockingMrE
Refutation of RockingMrE's "Transhuman Megalomania" Video
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James Hughes - History, Politics, Utopia & Transhumanism
James Hughes - History, Politics, Utopia & Transhumanism
DATE: 2013/01/23::
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Transhumanism and Confronting Singularity in the 2016 Election with Zoltan Istvan
Transhumanism and Confronting Singularity in the 2016 Election with Zoltan Istvan
DATE: 2015/06/08::
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Are Transhumanism and Libertarianism A Good Fit?
Are Transhumanism and Libertarianism A Good Fit?
DATE: 2014/05/08::
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KPK - Gattaca
KPK - Gattaca
DATE: 2010/08/22::
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Clarioncast 03/06/13 Main Topic: Transhumanism - With: Cosmic Claire
Clarioncast 03/06/13 Main Topic: Transhumanism - With: Cosmic Claire
DATE: 2013/03/06::
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James Hughes - Automation & the Decline of Human Employment - Borderlands Books
James Hughes - Automation & the Decline of Human Employment - Borderlands Books
DATE: 2013/01/28::
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David Pearce & David Zuccaro on Nietzsche, Libertarianism & Utilitarianism
David Pearce & David Zuccaro on Nietzsche, Libertarianism & Utilitarianism
DATE: 2014/01/01::
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James Hughes  - Secularism
James Hughes - Secularism
DATE: 2013/03/21::
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Google: Spying, Human Microchipping, Transhumanism
Google: Spying, Human Microchipping, Transhumanism
DATE: 2014/05/04::
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What If You Could Live for 10,000 years? Q&A with Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan
What If You Could Live for 10,000 years? Q&A with Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan
DATE: 2015/02/06::
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Ramez Naam - Better than Borg
Ramez Naam - Better than Borg
DATE: 2014/03/05::
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Steve Quayle Transhumanism and Genetic Manipulation
Steve Quayle Transhumanism and Genetic Manipulation
DATE: 2015/02/06::
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G. Stolyarov II Interviews Kyrel Zantonavitch, Author of "Pure Liberal Fire"
G. Stolyarov II Interviews Kyrel Zantonavitch, Author of "Pure Liberal Fire"
DATE: 2015/03/07::
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Harvesting Aborted Babies and Transhumanism
Harvesting Aborted Babies and Transhumanism
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Ray Kurzweil
Ray Kurzweil's Transhumanist Agenda
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Red Ice Radio - Zoltan Istvan - The Transhumanist Wager: In Favor of Eugenics
Red Ice Radio - Zoltan Istvan - The Transhumanist Wager: In Favor of Eugenics
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Epic Libertarian Debate Rematch: Sam Seder vs. Libertarian Radio Host
Epic Libertarian Debate Rematch: Sam Seder vs. Libertarian Radio Host
DATE: 2013/12/27::
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James Hughes - What is Technoprogressivism? Part II (A follow up)
James Hughes - What is Technoprogressivism? Part II (A follow up)
DATE: 2015/01/17::
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Michael Shermer - Transhumanism, The Singularity and Skepticism
Michael Shermer - Transhumanism, The Singularity and Skepticism
DATE: 2011/10/25::
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Massimo Pigliucci - How to Tell Science from Bunk | For Good Reason
Massimo Pigliucci - How to Tell Science from Bunk | For Good Reason
DATE: 2012/01/27::
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What is Transhumanism? (Q&A with Doug Hamp)
What is Transhumanism? (Q&A with Doug Hamp)
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Liberty Through Long Life
Liberty Through Long Life
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Transhumanism is the New Collectivism
Transhumanism is the New Collectivism
DATE: 2014/05/19::
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Sean Gabb: The Cultural Desert of British Libertarianism - A Study in Failure
Sean Gabb: The Cultural Desert of British Libertarianism - A Study in Failure
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New “Transhumanist Party” Looking to Win Presidency in 2016
New “Transhumanist Party” Looking to Win Presidency in 2016
DATE: 2014/11/04::
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Transhumanism - Porcfest 2011 (AltExpo #9)
Transhumanism - Porcfest 2011 (AltExpo #9)
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Zero State Founder Amon Kalkin on Singularity 1 on 1: Reject Apathy!
Zero State Founder Amon Kalkin on Singularity 1 on 1: Reject Apathy!
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Libertarian Gary Johnson: Abolish The IRS!!
Libertarian Gary Johnson: Abolish The IRS!!
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Anarchism, Libertarian Socialism & Anarcho-Syndicalism (Noam Chomsky)
Anarchism, Libertarian Socialism & Anarcho-Syndicalism (Noam Chomsky)
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The Singularity, Transhumanism, and Crypto-Anarchy: The Game
The Singularity, Transhumanism, and Crypto-Anarchy: The Game
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TechnoProgressive Vidcast - 0023 - Transhumanism as Revolutionary Promethean Fire
TechnoProgressive Vidcast - 0023 - Transhumanism as Revolutionary Promethean Fire
DATE: 2014/09/22::
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Episode 9 - Philosopher David Pearce Talks Transhumanism
Episode 9 - Philosopher David Pearce Talks Transhumanism
DATE: 2014/03/01::
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Inside The Libertarian Mind
Inside The Libertarian Mind
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Transhumanism
Transhumanism
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More than Mortal
More than Mortal
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Shanti Universe 2014 Prophetic Montage! Crazy Amazing Interesting
Shanti Universe 2014 Prophetic Montage! Crazy Amazing Interesting
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INFOWARS News Headlines For Thursday March 27 2014: Links In The "About" Section
INFOWARS News Headlines For Thursday March 27 2014: Links In The "About" Section
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Transhuman Megalomania
Transhuman Megalomania
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Sean Gabb "Europe And The New British Constitution" (Libertarian Alliance)
Sean Gabb "Europe And The New British Constitution" (Libertarian Alliance)
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Transhumanism & Google Glass
Transhumanism & Google Glass
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Libertarian Open Immigration Insanity
Libertarian Open Immigration Insanity
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Radio 3Fourteen - M.K. Lords - Agorism, Bitcoin, Libertarianism vs. Anarchism
Radio 3Fourteen - M.K. Lords - Agorism, Bitcoin, Libertarianism vs. Anarchism
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Followup: Transhumanism, objections and responses
Followup: Transhumanism, objections and responses
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Transhumanism and Futurism vlog.
Transhumanism and Futurism vlog.
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Aaron Franz - Problems With Transhumanism
Aaron Franz - Problems With Transhumanism
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"A Mormon Perspective on Transhumanism" by Carl Youngblood (2007)
"A Mormon Perspective on Transhumanism" by Carl Youngblood (2007)
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Libertarian transhumanism is a political ideology synthesizing libertarianism and transhumanism.[1][2] 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.[3][4] Another notable proponent of this philosophy was Timothy Leary.

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".[3]

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.[3][5][6]

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.[7] 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”.[8] 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.[9] Borsook asserts that libertarian transhumanists indulge in a subculture of selfishness, elitism and escapism.[10]

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,[11] 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).[12]

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. ^ a b c Bailey, Ronald (2005). Liberation Biology: The Scientific and Moral Case For the Biotech Revolution. Prometheus Books. ISBN 1-59102-227-4. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Carrico, Dale (2005). "Bailey on the CybDemite Menace". Retrieved 2006-02-05. 
  6. ^ Bailey, Ronald (2009). "Transhumanism and the Limits of Democracy". Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  7. ^ Barbrook, Richard; Cameron, Andy (2000). "The Californian Ideology". Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  8. ^ Barbrook, Richard (2007). "Cyber-Communism: How the Americans Are Superseding Capitalism in Cyberspace". Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  9. ^ Dery, Mark (1996). Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century. Grove Press. ISBN 0-8021-3520-X. 
  10. ^ Borsook, Paulina (2000). Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through the Terribly Libertarian Culture of High-Tech. PublicAffairs. ISBN 1-891620-78-9. 
  11. ^ Hughes, James (2004). Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future. Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-4198-1. 
  12. ^ Giesen, Klaus-Gerd (2004). "Transhumanisme et génétique humaine". Retrieved 2006-04-26. 

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