November 18, 2003

Yeah, but "Live to See It" is Pretty Good, Too

I just discovered a wonderful blog, Cyborg Democracy, which I'm adding to the blogroll as soon as .com comes back up. Check out this self-descriptive tag line:

A collaborative blog for democratic transhumanists, nanosocialists, revolutionary singularitarians, non-anthropocentric personhood theorists, radical futurists, leftist extropians, bioutopians and biopunks, socialist-feminist cyborgs, transgenders, body modifiers, basic income advocates, world federalists, agents of the Culture and the Cassini Division, Viridians and technoGaians - transmitting a sexy, high-tech vision of a radically democratic future

Very nice, but what about Practical Time Travelers? Serious Optimists? Speculists? I do my best to be as high-tech, radically democratic, and sexy as the next guy.

While there, be sure to check out the highly confused ramblings of one Charlie Stross, a transhumanist science fiction writer. I can only assume that Americans writing about British politics come off as laughably wrong-headed as guys like this do when writing about the US. American media is apparently controlled by a cabal of the "extreme right" (a vast conspiracy thereof, no doubt) who are opposed to the notion of human equality. The piece actually deserves a full-blown fisking, but I don't feel right about doing that in the same entry where I'm recommending the blog. (Which I heartily do.)

Okay, just a little. Here's a giveaway quote:

Now, if you plug these views into the picture you can see that I must be some kind of communist. Because I don't hold with the idea that the guys at the top of the pile are special in some mystical, magical, divine-right-of-kings manner, or that markets are holy and perfect and will enrich everybody in every way. Right?

Just about as wrong as you can be, Chuckles old sock. Those beliefs are, in fact, held by extremists—white supremacists and social Darwinists on the one hand, Objectivists and big-L Libertarians on the other—and have nothing whatever to do with the mainstream of American politics. The most liberal Democrats and the most conservative Republicans take the same stance as you do on those issues. You have to go to the wacky fringe (far from the corridors of power, leftist fantasies about a right-wing cabal notwithstanding) to find anyone who would call you a "communist" for holding those beliefs.

Anyway, don't let your reading of Cyborg Democracy end there. The entries on Max More's view that democracy is a more or less optional thing here in the pre-posthuman era are fascinating and right on the money. Keep scrolling so you don't miss any!

Posted by Phil at November 18, 2003 09:47 AM | TrackBack

Right you are about Stross: only in the loop-de-loop world of hardcore libertarian sci-fi would his views be considered anything but mainstream. Goes to show you how far gone the fringe is.

Thanks for the link, and keep up the speculating -- We love it!


Posted by: Carl Janiski at November 24, 2003 08:56 PM
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