[ExI] Protected Elites

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Fri May 15 13:26:29 UTC 2009

On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 6:13 AM, Lee Corbin <lcorbin at rawbw.com> wrote:
>> For example, in the US, laws that prevent corporate takeovers
>> and the like shield management from the consequences of its
>> incompetence.
> Yes, indeed. You may also be interested in the (not very libertarian,
> but rather informative)
> http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200905/imf-advice

One big point that is largely ignored in transhumanist lists and that
should know in principle a convergence of
"libertarian/anarco-capitalist/social Darwinist" and of
"socialist/communitarian", as well as of most transhumanists in
general, I daresay, is that what we are living in is a neo-feodal
society, where circulation of the élites is reduced to a minimum, and
social mobility is largely a myth, the few examples of which have
usually little to do with IQ, but rather with purely physical features
(as in "marriage, show business and sport").

Yet, most of the time people are complaining about the fact that we
would be living under the "law of the jungle" where the fittest would
crash without pity the less lucky, or in a "socialist" society where
competition and the action of the "invisibile hand" would be hindered
by state regulation and/or by masses oppressing the geniuses.

I submit that both scenarios are largely imaginary from a sociological
point of view, and that our social system is instead largely aimed at
protecting interests which are largely parasitic in their nature from
a social point of view, and accordingly very wary of any kind of major
techno-economical change.

Stefano Vaj

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