[ExI] If anyone wants to Respond to the IEET piece re "Problems of Transhumanism"
thespike at satx.rr.com
Mon Feb 8 18:37:24 UTC 2010
On 2/8/2010 12:18 PM, Max More wrote:
> Saying that democratic arrangements (as they exist at any particular
> time) have no intrinsic value is not in the least equivalent to saying
> that authoritarian control is better. Should we not strive for something
> better than the ugly system of democracy that currently exists?
Certainly; see Krugman's essay in the NYT today for a truly egregious
example of "democracy" in inaction in the US.
> Are authoritarian arrangements the only conceivable alternative?
No, and I think I'd favor a decision structure closer to a rhizome than
a ladder or pyramid, which is why I'm a sort of communitarian anarchist.
(A utopian prospect, admittedly, because people have largely been conned
into becoming--as the gibe has it--sheeple.)
But as I said a moment ago in another post, your statement doesn't sound
like a ringing endorsement of the position that "liberal democracy is
the best path to betterment," which is the point Hughes is making about
>Humanism. Where he goes from there is questionable if not absurd *as a
generalization*--but there's certainly a technocratic, elitist tendency
in a lot of >H discourse I've read here over the last 15 years or so.
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