Transhumanist separatism is a fringe idea within the transhumanist political spectrum, advocating that transhumanists should form separate societies from mainstream society.
It can be considered a manifestation of the neo-reactionary movement, rejecting democracy and inclusivity.
When in 2010, Rachel Haywire and Jason Schoenecker wrote about "A Transhuman Separatist Manifesto", it provoked reactions of both interest in the future of relationships between enhanced and non-enhanced individuals, as well being described as 'a threat to H+' from various positions within Humanity+ who rejected such an idea.
In later years, the concept of a separatist 'start up society' has been compared to more civilised ISIS, with scepticism directed towards ideas of libertarian sovereign compounds.
As a metaphor for inequality
It is a popular idea that unequal access to new technologies will lead to a de facto split between those with and without access to the latest technologies, either in a oligarchic sense, or through state-sanctioned inequality.
In the X-Men franchise, conflicts between the Magneto's separatist Brotherhood of Mutants and Professor X's more inclusive approach set the backdrop of a number of conflicts in their fictional universe.
BioShock features a separatist underground state which allows radical genetic augmentations.
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- Crown on the Ground: Against Transhuman Militance
- Is Transhuman Militance a Threat to H+?
- Against Transhuman Separatism: Breakaway Cultures Become Broken Cultures
- Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’