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Anarcho-Transhumanism

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Anarcho-Transhumanism (@H+) is a transhumanist political philosophy that rejects the requirements of the state as in Social Futurism or the economic model of contemporary western capitalist society. It is especially concerned about the unchecked emergence of oligarchic transhumanism. In general, Anarcho-Transhumanism is the belief that technology is the thing that will make people truly free including from the tyranny of our own bodies. This basis of belief leads to Anarcho-Transhumanism to also be anti-work,[1] and pro the automation of labor; while also advocating traditional transhumanist beliefs, such as human augmentation.

The ideology can be considered an extreme type of libertarian transhumanism, however it has sometimes been confused with its non-transhumanist counterparts like anarcho-capitalism.[2] Supporting the rights of individuals makes it a stream of liberal transhumanism. It is a subset of Anarcho-Futurism.

Borrowing many ideas from crypto-anarchism, anarchist activist William Gillis argues the disruptive nature of emergent technologies are incompatible with democracy, or at least hierarchical state structures of today.[citation needed] Alternatively, nildicit has since extrapolated on this by intersecting it with transhumanist inevitablism in an effort to curtail the apolitical sentiments imbued by many transhumanists.[citation needed]

Technology and prediction markets

The term Futarchy has been coined to describe as system of government based on a prediction market based forces.[3][4]

Non-market and intersections with anarcho-communism

Many anarcho-transhumanists reject markets all together, in favor of a global resource management system, that would catalog all of the planets resources. This resource management system would act as a centralized supply system for the planet. While all of the groups or collectives around the planet forum a decentralized demand system because each group requires different things. The goal of this system would be global resource sustainability.

Because of anarcho-transhumanism's anti-work and in favour of automation of labor, it intersects with anarcho-communism. It can be viewed as a way to structure an anarcho-communist society. Anarcho-communism, including other forums of libertarian socialism, have been criticized that they are too local focused and cannot meet demands in a global system. The blending of both these ideologies eliminates that criticism.

In fiction

In the Revelation space series, one of the main factions were the Demarchists who used a simply neural implant to constantly vote on issues, with voters who made 'good' decisions rewarded with greater influence. This system was called Demarchy.

In the game series Deus Ex it is often possible to avoid all collectivist alliances and play entirely independently.

In Shadowrun lore, there was a period of time where the city of Berlin had transitioned to an anarchist society; where a "Flux State" was formed in the wake of hierarchical governance:

"The Free City of Berlin is the former capital of Germany and one of the most interesting phenomenons to emerge in the post-Awakening world. In the wake of the anarchist revolution of 2039, the city seceded from the German state and created the Flux State. This grand experiment in social order is anarchy in practice, where the power structure constantly evolves and the crafty shadowrunner will always find ways to survive - and even thrive. Corporations tread carefully in the Free City - and even the great dragon Lofwyr only has so much influence here."[5]

The Culture from the culture series is highly decentralised an anarchistic in many of its dealings.

In popular culture

Very recent Short-lived web comic Political Ideology Catgirls featured an anarcho-transhumanist catgirl who hacks into people computers through using cyberhacking to espouse the virtues of mind uploading.[6] Catgirl.png

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Blogs and sites

References

  1. http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/bob-black-the-abolition-of-work
  2. F.1 Are “anarcho”-capitalists really anarchists?
  3. Futarchy: Vote Values, But Bet Beliefs
  4. Idea Futures
  5. Shadowrun: Dragonfall
  6. http://politicalideologycatgirls.com/comic/011-transhumanism/