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'''Libertarian transhumanism''' is the political ideology combining [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism libertarianism] and [[transhumanism]]. It is a form of [[liberal transhumanism]] whereby [[human enhancement]] must be entirely elective rather than [[fascist transhumanism|coercive]].  
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'''Libertarian transhumanism''' refers to any or all of a variety of transhumanist political perspectives guided by a focus on individual liberty.
  
== Relationships with other positions ==
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It enjoys widespread support in political transhumanism, particularly in the United States, and when the political perspective of the synthesis is not further specified, the idea is often associated with [[Silicon Valley]] technocratic libertarianism.
  
The term may also be known as [[technolibertarianism]] or [[extropianism]]. A further anti-statist position is [[anarcho-transhumanism]].
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== History ==
  
[[Social futurism|Social futurists]] and technoprogressives are critical of the libertarian limited [[social policy]] advocated by this group.
 
  
Strong synergies between the two philosophies include that of [[self ownership]] and rejection of state regulation of [[emerging technology|emerging technologies]]. Many US [[transhumanist]]s are supporters of this ideology, as was the [[Extropy Institute]]. The idea is often associated with [[Silicon Valley]] technocratic libertarianism.
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== Common values and varieties ==
  
== In fiction ==  
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Strong synergies between the two philosophies focus on self-determination and opposition to regulation of [[emerging technology|emerging technologies]].
[[BioShock]], the first in a series of [[biopunk]] first-person-shooter video games, explored [[objectivism]] through the setting of an underwater city society, which had become a [[dystopia|fallen utopia]] over a year before the player explore its ruins.
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Almost universal among libertarian transhumanists is a strong belief in morphological freedom.  Varieties that emphasize property rights typically view this as a natural extension of [[self ownership]], while anti-proprietarians (especially anarcho-transhumanists) view the two as conflicting value.
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=== Anarchist ===
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<i>Main Article</i>: [[Anarcho-Transhumanism]]
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=== Extropian ===
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<i>Main Article</i>: [[Extropianism]]
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=== Objectivist ===
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<i>Main Article</i>: [[Objectivist transhumanism]]
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=== Other libertarian views ===
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<i>See also</i>: [[Libertarianism]], [[Survivalist transhumanism]]
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== Criticism ==
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[[Social futurism|Social futurists]] and technoprogressives are critical of the libertarian limited [[social policy]] advocated by this group.  Powerful fabrication and biotechnology capabilities in the hands of autonomous, unregulated parties is perceived by many to risk a variety of [[existential threats]].
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== In fiction ==
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Transhumanist technologies in various libertarian social contexts are a recurring feature in [[biopunk]] fiction, such as the attempted Objectivist [[utopia]] in which the [[BioShock]] series is set, and the future world of the webcomic [[Heliosphere]].
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Pen-and-paper roleplaying games with transhumanist themes often feature conflict between .  Notable examples include [[Blue Planet]], [[Eclipse Phase]], and [[Shadowrun]].
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In the [[Deus Ex]] franchise, the tension between liberty and enlightened authoritarianism is the focus of ongoing conflicts for control of various emerging technologies.
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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* [[Technological utopianism]]
 
* [[Technological utopianism]]
 
* [[Survivalist transhumanism]]
 
* [[Survivalist transhumanism]]
  
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
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* {{wikipedia|Libertarian transhumanism}}
 
* {{wikipedia|Libertarian transhumanism}}
  
 
== References ==
 
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[[Category:Libertarian transhumanism]]
 
[[Category:Libertarian transhumanism]]
 
[[Category:Transhumanist politics]]
 
[[Category:Transhumanist politics]]
 
[[Category:Liberal transhumanism]]
 
[[Category:Liberal transhumanism]]

Latest revision as of 04:28, 13 February 2020

Libertarian transhumanism refers to any or all of a variety of transhumanist political perspectives guided by a focus on individual liberty.

It enjoys widespread support in political transhumanism, particularly in the United States, and when the political perspective of the synthesis is not further specified, the idea is often associated with Silicon Valley technocratic libertarianism.

History

Common values and varieties

Strong synergies between the two philosophies focus on self-determination and opposition to regulation of emerging technologies.

Almost universal among libertarian transhumanists is a strong belief in morphological freedom. Varieties that emphasize property rights typically view this as a natural extension of self ownership, while anti-proprietarians (especially anarcho-transhumanists) view the two as conflicting value.

Anarchist

Main Article: Anarcho-Transhumanism

Extropian

Main Article: Extropianism

Objectivist

Main Article: Objectivist transhumanism

Other libertarian views

See also: Libertarianism, Survivalist transhumanism

Criticism

Social futurists and technoprogressives are critical of the libertarian limited social policy advocated by this group. Powerful fabrication and biotechnology capabilities in the hands of autonomous, unregulated parties is perceived by many to risk a variety of existential threats.

In fiction

Transhumanist technologies in various libertarian social contexts are a recurring feature in biopunk fiction, such as the attempted Objectivist utopia in which the BioShock series is set, and the future world of the webcomic Heliosphere.

Pen-and-paper roleplaying games with transhumanist themes often feature conflict between . Notable examples include Blue Planet, Eclipse Phase, and Shadowrun.

In the Deus Ex franchise, the tension between liberty and enlightened authoritarianism is the focus of ongoing conflicts for control of various emerging technologies.

See also

External links

References