[ExI] Hank Pellissier speaks out against Zoltan Istvan and his presidential campaign

Giulio Prisco giulio at gmail.com
Wed Sep 23 09:25:31 UTC 2015

I never thought the Transhumanist Party had any chance to make a
difference. Hilary and the big boys play in a much higher league and
wouldn't even notice Zoltan's endorsement.

I am a card-carrying transhumanist, but I wouldn't vote for a
single-issue party, even if some of those issues are dear to my heart.
The world is big, and complex, and full of important political issues,
and what I want to hear from politicians are workable strategies to
deal with the top issues. Life extension is great and good, but it
can't be considered as a top priority.

I am all for the gradual introduction of transhumanist themes in
politics, but I think it's much more realistic to work within the
system and form transhumanist interest groups in real political
parties that have a chance to be elected and do something good.

On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 10:03 AM, John Grigg
<possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com> wrote:
> "Zoltan’s remark to Vox that he wants to quit campaigning and endorse
> Hillary needs to be reconsidered. Zoltan is representing decades of
> development of our “ism” - this decision impacts our reputation. My advice
> is to not endorse anyone. [FYI - I’m a “Feel the Bern” guy] If the
> Transhumanist Party endorses anyone, it will please some, but it will
> alienate many others. Libertarian transhumanists, socialist transhumanists,
> anarcho-transhumanists etc., their voice is disregarded if Hillary is
> endorsed. Let’s keep a big tent open to everyone."
> "Will Zoltan listen?"
> http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/pellissier20120922
> John
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