Liberal transhumanism is the mainstream political transhumanist position that stands in opposition to dystopian transhumanism in general and fascist transhumanism and oligarchic transhumanism more specifically.
Tenants include consensual use of technological enhancement by informed individuals as well as a non-authoritarian approach toward the application of technology in society. It is similar to the idea of how liberal democracy is distinct from a mere representative democracy which can become a tyranny of the majority.
Anarcho-Transhumanism's support for individual rights and freedoms places it within this idea.
Differences with conventional transhumanist definitions
Explicitly liberal transhumanism places the emphasis of voluntary use of technologies. As such a number of common transhumanist sentiments can be made into 'liberal transhumanist' sentiments though qualifying them in example ways:
|General transhumanist||Liberal transhumanist qualification|
|We need to develop human enhancement technologies||for those who choose to be enhanced|
|We should live forever||or for as long as we want|
|Immortality is incredibly important for the individual||and having this option will be beneficial for even those who do not choose it|