[extropy-chat] Politics of the WTA

Hughes, James J. james.hughes at trincoll.edu
Sat Jan 14 22:52:36 UTC 2006

The WTA is not socialist in any sense of the term, and, as was pointed
out, Max and Natasha are Honorary Vice-Chairs of the WTA, and Extropy
Institute is an affiliate of the WTA. 

As to whether WTA members are socialists, the WTA membership have been
polled twice about their politics, among other things. The results can
be read here:


And here:


The results: 


How would you describe your politics?

				2003   2005

Libertarian			11%	10%
European Liberal		6%	7%
Anarcho-capitalist	4%	2%
Randian/Objectivist	1%	2%
Minarchist			1%	1%
Libertarian socialist	7%	7%
Democratic socialist	4%	6%
Left anarchist		2%	3%
Communist			1%	1%
Progressive			6%	7%
Green				4%	4%
Social democrat		5%	5%
US-style liberal		4%	4%
Radical			2%	1%

Moderate			7%	8%
Christian Democrat	1%	0%
Conservative		2%	2%
Far right			1%	0%
Upwinger/advocate of 
future political system	8%	10%

Other				9%	7%
Not political		15%	12%


In other words, only 14%-17% of the membership consider themselves
"socialists" compared to 22%-23% who consider themselves libertarians.
Even if you add together all the left-leaners as "socialists", from US
liberals to Communists (as the critics of the WTA seem to do) then
left-wingers constitute less than 40% of the membership. 

As to my own often-maligned politics, I have been a proud and
card-carrying member of the Democratic Socialists of America
(http://dsausa.org) since 1980, organized campus chapters of the DSA,
served on the National Executive of the Young Democratic Socialists,
edited their magazine The Activist, chaired the Chicago chapter, and
started their website. The DSA is a member of the Socialist
International, along with the British Labour Party, French Socialist
Party, German and Swedish Social Democratic Parties, and more than 100
other parties. All of them have been and remain anti-communist, as am I
and as I have been since I became politically active in college. The
conflation of social democrats and democratic socialists with communists
is simply right-wing hyperbole. 

The assertion that the WTA is a socialist organization is simply

James Hughes Ph.D.
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