An•arch•ei noun One with no ruler.
I am an individualist, I accept that the collective does not exist. I am an atheist, I accept that gods cannot logically exist in reality. I am a voluntaryist, I accept the immorality of violent orderless social organisation. I am a vegetarian, I accept that killing animals is not in line with the non—aggression principle. I am also a fairly decent writer, photographer, web designer, and graphic artist. Read More

Question

Anonymous:

could you explain what a transhumanist is (if you haven't before)

cyborgbutterflies:

A transhumanist is a person who accepts the ideological values and goals described as transhumanist. This doesn’t explain much by itself so let me explain those (sort of summarizing this here).

Life over Death/Health over Disease: Although some “clever” people try to argue for it, it is easy to see that death - even “natural” death - is very bad. It forever annihilates everything a person is and brings great sadness and grief to others.

Transhumanists consider death as an enemy in general, and hope to achieve a radical extension of human lifespans and healthspans through technology.

Even if physical limits or the like ultimately it impossible to have actual deathlessness, it does not mean we can live much longer than we do now. And we want to be healthy and happy at an old age, too. Not decaying in a hospital bed. We hold such a change in the current situation to be desirable.

Now, for some reason this kind of reasoning has been culturally coded as villainous, but the arguments about that are for another post, I’m using this one to just explain what transhumanism is.

Have a quote I posted a while ago on this topic:

“There is no glory, no beauty in death. Only loss. It does not have meaning. I will never see my loved ones again. They are permanently lost to the void. If this is the natural order of things, then I reject that order. I burn here my hopelessness, I burn here my constraints. By my hand, death shall fall. And if I fail, another shall take my place … and another, and another, until this wound in the world is healed at last.”

Overcoming human limitations: All humans could theoretically be improved in some ways. We grow old, we forget things, we are physically unimpressive relative to other animals, our minds are extremely prone to bias…

Transhumanists also hope to use technology to grant the possibility to improve our conditions and be happier. There are a few ways in which this is already happening, even.

Morphological Freedom: This one is important. We believe that in general people should have the freedom to do what they wish with their bodies. Individuals can think very differently and have different goals.

For example, one person could want to use technology to look like an elf, another could want to use it to become smarter, a third could want to remain as they are. Under this principle, all of them deserve the freedom to follow their individual goals.

This value is even important enough to overrule the first. We may consider death to be bad, but transhumanists in general seem to be in favor of letting people have the freedom to end their lives if they really really want to.

This is important, because one of the uninformed criticisms people make to those who wish for immortality is “But what if you get bored and just want to die some day?”

Then one can answer “That won’t be for a very long time, but if I succeed in spreading my values, it won’t be an issue since I can just do that once I want to.”

Wide Access: If human enhancement technology appears but is restricted to a tiny elite, that is not the preferred outcome. Transhumanists want to give access to everyone who wants it.

We don’t want to just avoid death, we want to deny it to everyone who does not wish for it. We truly want people to stop suffering and dying involuntarily.

I notice that a lot of the people who criticize transhumanism as some sort of rich libertarian thing don’t seem to be aware that we actually want this sort of arrangement, which is pretty odd since it is also one of those big things you notice from reading pretty much any of the influential transhumanists…

We do want everyone to be able to improve themselves, be healthy, and have longer lives. It is more fair, it increases the chances that our loved ones and us will benefit, it reduces global suffering much more than limiting to an elite would…

We also do think that, unless great efforts are made against this, human enhancement will eventually reach everyone. If history teaches us anything, it is that new technology usually does start out as nice toys for the rich, but then the price drops and everyone can enjoy it. It has happened many times before.

Hope for the future: Another trend we notice through history is that, in general, things have been getting much better over time.

This is the hope that the trend continues. But hope is a lousy defense.

We also try to promote work based on this hope. Work to prevent global catastrophe and improve people’s lives.

The future is to be protected before it can be enjoyed. The present does not treat everyone nicely, so we want to help those who need it. Nature does not care about us, but we do.

Do my transhumanist followers have more to add?

George Orwell


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Another Orwellian themed poster, I think this would make a nice alternative book cover or film poster.

Project: Posters


George Orwell
Note: You can purchase a printed copy of this poster in various sizes from my RedBubble store.
Another Orwellian themed poster, I think this would make a nice alternative book cover or film poster.
Project: Posters

George Orwell


Note: You can purchase a printed copy of this poster in various sizes from my RedBubble store.

Another Orwellian themed poster, I think this would make a nice alternative book cover or film poster.

Project: Posters


Reminder: Revenge and justice are not the same thing

Revenge, usually consisting of retaliation or punishment, is the violation of the rights of an individual who has committed rights violations in the past.

Justice is the safeguarding or restoration of rights, either through self-defence in the moment of aggression to the point necessary to end the violation of rights, or by compensating the victim commensurate with the enormity of the rights violation they endured.

Put simply: Revenge is an attempt to right a wrong with another wrong, whilst justice is the righting of wrongs.

Reminder: Revenge and justice are not the same thing
Revenge, usually consisting of retaliation or punishment, is the violation of the rights of an individual who has committed rights violations in the past.
Justice is the safeguarding or restoration of rights, either through self-defence in the moment of aggression to the point necessary to end the violation of rights, or by compensating the victim commensurate with the enormity of the rights violation they endured.
Put simply: Revenge is an attempt to right a wrong with another wrong, whilst justice is the righting of wrongs. Reminder: Revenge and justice are not the same thing
Revenge, usually consisting of retaliation or punishment, is the violation of the rights of an individual who has committed rights violations in the past.
Justice is the safeguarding or restoration of rights, either through self-defence in the moment of aggression to the point necessary to end the violation of rights, or by compensating the victim commensurate with the enormity of the rights violation they endured.
Put simply: Revenge is an attempt to right a wrong with another wrong, whilst justice is the righting of wrongs. Reminder: Revenge and justice are not the same thing
Revenge, usually consisting of retaliation or punishment, is the violation of the rights of an individual who has committed rights violations in the past.
Justice is the safeguarding or restoration of rights, either through self-defence in the moment of aggression to the point necessary to end the violation of rights, or by compensating the victim commensurate with the enormity of the rights violation they endured.
Put simply: Revenge is an attempt to right a wrong with another wrong, whilst justice is the righting of wrongs. Reminder: Revenge and justice are not the same thing
Revenge, usually consisting of retaliation or punishment, is the violation of the rights of an individual who has committed rights violations in the past.
Justice is the safeguarding or restoration of rights, either through self-defence in the moment of aggression to the point necessary to end the violation of rights, or by compensating the victim commensurate with the enormity of the rights violation they endured.
Put simply: Revenge is an attempt to right a wrong with another wrong, whilst justice is the righting of wrongs.

Reminder: Revenge and justice are not the same thing

Revenge, usually consisting of retaliation or punishment, is the violation of the rights of an individual who has committed rights violations in the past.

Justice is the safeguarding or restoration of rights, either through self-defence in the moment of aggression to the point necessary to end the violation of rights, or by compensating the victim commensurate with the enormity of the rights violation they endured.

Put simply: Revenge is an attempt to right a wrong with another wrong, whilst justice is the righting of wrongs.

Without Government Who Would Start The Wars?


Note: You can purchase a
printed copy of this poster in various sizes from my RedBubble store.

I made this after seeing the phrase on Tumblr. The image of the bomber is based on something I found on OpenClipArt, altered slightly with my vector graphic skills.

Project: Posters


Without Government Who Would Start The Wars?
Note: You can purchase a printed copy of this poster in various sizes from my RedBubble store.
I made this after seeing the phrase on Tumblr. The image of the bomber is based on something I found on OpenClipArt, altered slightly with my vector graphic skills.
Project: Posters

Without Government Who Would Start The Wars?


Note: You can purchase a printed copy of this poster in various sizes from my RedBubble store.

I made this after seeing the phrase on Tumblr. The image of the bomber is based on something I found on OpenClipArt, altered slightly with my vector graphic skills.

Project: Posters


Thomas Sowell

Another quote has found its way to one of my posters.

Project: Posters


Thomas Sowell
Another quote has found its way to one of my posters.
Project: Posters

Thomas Sowell

Another quote has found its way to one of my posters.

Project: Posters


Don’t Tread On Me


Note: You can purchase
printed copies of these posters in various sizes from my RedBubble store.

I realised that I had done a poster for the porcupine but not one for the snake, so here it is. I spent ages vectorising the snake, trying to get it looking right (still not sure if I accomplished that goal but whatever). The second poster was inspired by the layout on laliberty's blog. I also redid some wallpapers with the new snake design.

Project: Posters


Don’t Tread On Me
Note: You can purchase printed copies of these posters in various sizes from my RedBubble store.
I realised that I had done a poster for the porcupine but not one for the snake, so here it is. I spent ages vectorising the snake, trying to get it looking right (still not sure if I accomplished that goal but whatever). The second poster was inspired by the layout on laliberty's blog. I also redid some wallpapers with the new snake design.
Project: Posters
Don’t Tread On Me
Note: You can purchase printed copies of these posters in various sizes from my RedBubble store.
I realised that I had done a poster for the porcupine but not one for the snake, so here it is. I spent ages vectorising the snake, trying to get it looking right (still not sure if I accomplished that goal but whatever). The second poster was inspired by the layout on laliberty's blog. I also redid some wallpapers with the new snake design.
Project: Posters

Don’t Tread On Me


Note: You can purchase printed copies of these posters in various sizes from my RedBubble store.

I realised that I had done a poster for the porcupine but not one for the snake, so here it is. I spent ages vectorising the snake, trying to get it looking right (still not sure if I accomplished that goal but whatever). The second poster was inspired by the layout on laliberty's blog. I also redid some wallpapers with the new snake design.

Project: Posters


Sy Leon, None of the Above: Why Non-Voters Are America’s Political Majority

Your local grocer would be laughed out of business if he whined that his customers were ‘apathetic’ because they refuse to buy his rotten bananas. But the politician whines in the same way when he charges people with apathy because they won’t buy his rotten promises.

Nineteen Eighty-four


Note: You can purchase a
printed copy of this poster in various sizes from my RedBubble store.

I’ve been sitting on the idea of doing some Orwellian themed posters for a while, just haven’t been able to arrange them properly until now. Went through several different variations before settling on this one.

Project: Posters


Nineteen Eighty-four
Note: You can purchase a printed copy of this poster in various sizes from my RedBubble store.
I’ve been sitting on the idea of doing some Orwellian themed posters for a while, just haven’t been able to arrange them properly until now. Went through several different variations before settling on this one.
Project: Posters

Nineteen Eighty-four


Note: You can purchase a printed copy of this poster in various sizes from my RedBubble store.

I’ve been sitting on the idea of doing some Orwellian themed posters for a while, just haven’t been able to arrange them properly until now. Went through several different variations before settling on this one.

Project: Posters


Henry Hazlitt, Marxism In One Minute

The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others.

Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weaknesses, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects — his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity. Never believe in the honesty or disinterestedness of anyone who disagrees with you.

This basic hatred is the heart of Marxism. This is its animating force. You can throw away the dialectical materialism, the Hegelian framework, the technical jargon, the ‘scientific’ analysis, and millions of pretentious words, and you still have the core: The implacable hatred and envy that are the raison d’être for all the rest.

"Freedom Is Love" Stickers

Just added these to my Redbubble store. They don’t look quite right on a white background but when printed as stickers they look fine.

"Freedom Is Love" Stickers
Just added these to my Redbubble store. They don’t look quite right on a white background but when printed as stickers they look fine.

"Freedom Is Love" Stickers

Just added these to my Redbubble store. They don’t look quite right on a white background but when printed as stickers they look fine.