[extropy-chat] REAL POLITIK IN THE WTA... and so long...

spike spike66 at comcast.net
Sat Jan 14 21:39:26 UTC 2006

BillK wrote:

>Oh, Spike, you are naughty!   :)
>You said that bad word - 'socialism'.  :)

Ja, but I want to make like that president we had
in the 70s and make one thing perfectly clear.  In
my earlier comment, I meant I would accept as fact
that WTA puts forward the notion that transhumanism
requires socialism, not that *I* think that 
transhumanism requires socialism.

I was expecting someone from WTA to come in any
time now and explain that WTA does not really
promote socialism.  But thanks for the link BillK,
I will read that over.  I met Nick Bostrom at 
Extro5, and found him to be a most delightful
good guy.
I recognize that I am carrying a lot of memetic
baggage that is disdainful of socialism.  Taking that
prejudice into account and multiplying thru by the 
appropriate scale factor, I find the whole notion
of socialism most distasteful.  As for communism,
I prefer to abstain from discussing it in
polite company.

{8-]  spike

Earlier commentary:

> >
> > In my experience the WTA has largely put forward the notion than
> > transhumanism requires socialism ...
> >
> > - samantha
> I will accept this as fact unless someone from WTA is
> hanging out here and offers a counter argument.
> This notion simplifies matters considerably, for
> it appears to me that transhumanism requires capitalism.
> Transhumanism thrives on individual freedom, loooots
> of free-flowing capital, profit motive, getting
> governments out of our way (insert Howard-Dean-ish
> YEEAAAAHH), wealth creation, etc.
> spike

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