Transhumanist politics

Transhumanist politics is a group of political ideologies that express the belief in improving human beings through science and technology. [1] Transhumanists claim that the transhumanist movement aims to improve humanity with technology and science (for example, through life extension , moral enhancement and the abolition of suffering ). American adjunct professor and author Jeanine Thweatt-Bates considers it possible to define transhumanist politics have one set of beliefs, as the transhumanist movement includes opposite political perspectives on the central issueof regulating technology. [2] James Hughes , American sociologist and bioethicist, has noted the dynamic between left-leaning and right-leaning visions for transhumanism and the future of technology and human enhancement. [3]


The term “Transhumanism” with its present meaning was popularized by Julian Huxley’s 1957 essay of that name. [4]

Natasha Vita-More was elected as Councilor for the 28th Senatorial District of Los Angeles in 1992. She ran with the Green Party, but on a personal platform of “transhumanism”. She quit after a year, saying her party was “too neurotically geared toward environmentalism”. [5] [6]

James Hughes identifies the “neoliberal” Extropy Institute , founded by philosopher Max More and Developed in the 1990s, as the first organized advocates for transhumanism. And he identified the late-1990s formation of the World Transhumanist Association (WTA), a European organization which later was renamed to Humanity + (H +), as a reaction to the free market perspective of the “Extropians”. citation needed ] Per Hughes, “[t] he WTA included both social democrats and neoliberals around a liberal democratic definition of transhumanism, codified in the Transhumanist Declaration.” [7] [3]Hughes has also detailed the political currents in transhumanism, particularly the shift from socialist transhumanism to libertarian and anarcho-capitalist transhumanism. [3] He claims que la Left Was Pushed out of the World Transhumanist Association Board of Directors, and That libertarians and Singularitarians -have secured a hegemony in the transhumanism community with help from Peter Thiel , purpose Hughes remains optimistic about a techno-progressive future. [3]

In 2012, the Longevity Party, a movement described as “100% transhumanist” by cofounder Maria Konovalenko, [8] began to organize in Russia for building a balloted political party. [9]Another Russian program, the 2045 Initiative was founded in 2012 by billionaire Dmitry Itskov with its own “Evolution 2045” political party advocating life extension and android avatars. [10] [11]

Writing for H + Magazine in July 2014, futurist Peter Rothman called Gabriel Rothblatt “very possibly the first openly transhumanist political candidate in the United States” when he ran as a candidate for the United States Congress . [12]

In October 2014, Zoltan Istvan announced that he would be running in the 2016 United States presidential election under the banner of the “Transhumanist Party.” [13] Other groups using the name “Transhumanist Party” exists in the United Kingdom [14] [15] [16] and Germany. [17]

Core values

According to a 2006 study by the European Parliament , transhumanism is the political expression of the ideology that technology should be used to enhance human abilities. [1]

According to Amon Twyman of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), political philosophies which support transhumanism include social futurism, techno-progressivism , techno-libertarianism , and anarcho-transhumanism. [18] Twyman recounts such philosophies to collectively constitute political transhumanism. [18]

Democratic transhumanists , also known as technoprogressives , [19] [20] support of equal access to human enhancement technologies in order to promote social equality and prevent technologies from furthering the divide among socioeconomic classes . [21] However, libertarian transhumanist Ronald Bailey is critical of the transhumanism transcribed by James Hughes . [22] [23] Jeffrey Bishopwrote that the disagreements among transhumanists regarding the state of the art is “precisely the tension that philosophical liberalism historically tried to negotiate,” but that it is a disagreement with a posthuman future is a disagreement with the right to choose what humanity will become. [24] Woody Evans has positively posthuman rights in a continuum with animal rights and human rights . [25]

Riccardo Campa wrote that transhumanism can be coupled with many different political, philosophical, and religious views, and that this diversity may be an asset as long as transhumanists do not give priority to existing affiliations over membership with organized transhumanism. [26]


Some transhumanists question the use of politicizing transhumanism, who? ] And Truman Chen of the Stanford Journal Political considers Many transhumanist ideals to be anti-political. [27]

See also

  • Bioethics
  • Cognitive liberty


  1. ^ Jump up to:b European Parliament (2006). “Technology Assessment on Converging Technologies” (PDF) . ii . Retrieved 12 January 2015 . On the one side is the true believer in the potential of technology. Transhumanism is a political expression of that.
  2. Jump up^ Thweatt-Bates, Jeanine (28 June 2013). Cyborg Selves: A Theological Anthropology of the Posthuman . Ashgate Publishing. ISBN  1409481832 . This diversity within the movement, allowing a scope of political perspectives, which makes it possible for the political system to be a reality.
  3. ^ Jump up to:d Hughes, James (1 May 2013). “The Politics of Transhumanism and the Techno-Millennial Imagination, 1626-2030” . Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies . Retrieved 13 January 2015 .
  4. Jump up^ Huxley, Julian (1957). “Transhumanism” . Retrieved February 24, 2006 .
  5. Jump up^ Rothman, Peter (8 October 2014). “Transhumanism Gets Political” . . Retrieved 7 July 2015 .
  6. Jump up^ Hughes, James. “The Politics of Transhumanism” . . Retrieved 18 August 2016 . Ironically, Natasha Vita-More was actually elected to the Los Angeles public office on the Green Party ticket in 1992. However, her platform was “transhumanism” and she quit after one year of her two year term because the Greens were “too far left and too much” neurotically geared toward environmentalism. “
  7. Jump up^ Hughes, James (10 April 2009). “Transhumanist politics, 1700 to the near future” . Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies . Retrieved 13 January 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ Konovalenko, Maria (26 July 2012). “Russians organize the” Longevity Party ” ” . Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies . Retrieved 14 January 2015 . On July 19, we made the first step towards the creation of the Longevity Party. […] Longevity Party is 100% transhumanist party.
  9. Jump up^ Pellissier, Hank (20 August 2012). “Who are the Longevity Party” Co-Leaders, and What do They Want? (Part 1) ” . Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies . Retrieved 14 January 2015 . The recently-formed Longevity Party was co-founded by Ilia Stambler of Israel and Maria Konovalenko of Russia.
  10. Jump up^ Dolak, Kevin (27 August 2012). “Technology Human Immortality in 33 Years Claims Dmitry Itskov’s 2045 Initiative” . Retrieved 22 August 2015 .
  11. Jump up^ Eördögh, Fruzsina (7 May 2013). “Russian Billionaire Dmitry Itskov Plans on Becoming Immortal by 2045” . Retrieved 22 August 2015 .
  12. Jump up^ Rothman, Peter (1 July 2014). “Interview: Gabriel Rothblatt Congressional Candidate in Florida’s 8th District” . Humanity + . Retrieved 13 January2015 . I recently got together with Congressional candidate Gabriel Rothblatt who is very possibly the first openly transhumanist political candidate in the United States.
  13. Jump up^ Bartlett, Jamie (23 December 2014). “Meet the Transhumanist Party: ‘Want to live forever? Vote for me ‘ ” . The Telegraph . […] Zoltan decided to form the Transhumanist Party, and run for president in the 2016 US presidential election.
  14. Jump up^ Volpicelli, Gian (14 January 2015). “Transhumanists Are Writing Their Own Manifesto for the UK General Election” . Motherboard . Vice . As the UK’s 2015 general election approaches, you’ve probably already made up your mind on who knows how to do it. But did you ever wonder who will deliver immortality sooner? If so, there’s good news for you, since that’s exactly what the UK Transhumanist Party was created for.
  15. Jump up^ Volpicelli, Gian (27 March 2015). “A Transhumanist Plans to Run for Office in the UK” . Motherboard . Vice . Twyman intends to stand as an independent MP for the constitution of Kingston, on the radically pro-technology platform of the Transhumanist Party UK (TPUK), of which he is co-leader and leader.
  16. Jump up^ Solon, Olivia (10 April 2015). “Cyborg supporting Transhumanist Party first political candidate in UK” . Mirror . The newly-launched Transhumanist Party, which supports people who want to become cyborgs, has appointed its first political candidate in the UK.
  17. Jump up^ Benedikter, Roland (4 April 2015). “The Age of Transhumanist Politics – Part II” . The Leftist Review . The Transhumanist Party is gaining traction in other parts of the world – mainly in Europe so far. Among them are the Tranhumanist Party of the UK, the Transhumanist Party of Germany (Transhumanistische Partei Deutschland) and others, all currently in the process of foundation.
  18. ^ Jump up to:b Twyman, Amon (7 October 2014). “Transhumanism and Politics” . Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies . I would suggest that the way forward is to view transhumanism as a kind of political vector, axis, or hub rather than a single party or philosophy. In other words, the different political philosophies supportive of transhumanism (eg Social Futurism, Techno-Progressivism, Anarcho-Transhumanism, Techno-Libertarianism etc.) should be considered as collectively constituted Political Transhumanism.
  19. Jump up^ Dvorsky, George (31 March 2012). “J. Hughes on democratic transhumanism, personhood, and AI” . Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies . Retrieved 13 January 2015 .The term ‘democratic transhumanism’ distinguishes a biopolitical stance that combines socially liberal or libertarian views (advocating internationalist, secular, free speech, and individual freedom values), with economically equal views (pro-regulation, pro-redistribution, pro-social welfare values ), with an openness to the transhuman benefits that the science and technology provides. […] In the last six or seven years the phrase has been supplanted by the descriptor ‘technoprogressive’ which is used to describe the same basic set of Enlightenment values ​​and policy proposals: Human enhancement technologies, especially anti-aging therapies, should be a priority of the ethically funded, basic research, be well regulated for safety, and be included in programs of universal health care
  20. Jump up^ Hughes, James; Roux, Marc (24 June 2009). “On Democratic Transhumanism” . Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies . Retrieved 13 January 2015 . When I wrote Citizen Cyborg in 2004 we had just begun defining the ideological position that embraced both traditional and democratic transhuman possibilities, and we called it ‘democratic transhumanism.’ Since then, the people in this space have adopted the much more elegant term ‘technoprogressive.’
  21. Jump up^ Ferrando, Francesca (2013). “Posthumanism, Transhumanism, Antihumanism, Metahumanism, and New Materialisms Differences and Relationships” . Existenz . 8 (2, Fall 2013). ISSN  1932-1066 . Retrieved 13 January 2015 . Democratic transhumanism calls for an equal access to technological enhancements, which could otherwise be limited to certain socio-political classes and related to economic power, and accordingly encoding racial and sexual politics.
  22. Jump up^ Bailey, Ronald (2005). “Trans-Human Expressway: Why libertarians will win the future” . Retrieved 5 February 2006 .
  23. Jump up^ Bailey, Ronald (2009). “Transhumanism and the Limits of Democracy” . Retrieved 1 May 2009 .
  24. Jump up^ Bishop, Jeffrey (2010). “Transhumanism, Metaphysics, and the Posthuman God” (PDF) . Journal of Medicine and Philosophy . 35 (700-720): 713 and 717. doi : 10.1093 / jmp / jhq047 . Retrieved September 22, 2015 . The tension between the individual and the political that we see within trans-humanist philosophies is precisely the tension that philosophical liberalism has historically tried to negotiate. “And” [T] o matter the future posthuman is to question our liberty to become what we will.
  25. Jump up^ Evans, Woody (2015). “Posthuman Rights: Dimensions of Transhuman Worlds” . Teknokultura . Universidad Complutense Madrid. 12 (2). doi :10.5209 / rev_TK.2015.v12.n2.49072 . Retrieved August 16, 2016.Consider the state of posthumanism as a domain (* PR *). The careful definition of this domain will be vital in articulating the nature of the relationship between humanity and posthumanity. It will be an asymmetrical relationship, at first heavily favoring humans. It will become, if the posthuman population (and / or their power or influence) grows, a domain in which posthumans may be subject to the expense of humans, as well as to the expense of animals and machinery within their own domains and networks .
  26. Jump up^ Campa, Riccardo, “Toward a Transhumanist Politics” , Re-public, Archived from the original on June 14, 2012, The central transhumanist idea of ​​self-directed evolution can be combined with different political, philosophical and religious opinions. Accordingly, we have observed individuals and groups joining the movement of very different persuasions. These methods can be used in a variety of ways, especially in the context of their specific affiliations.
  27. Jump up^ Chen, Truman (15 December 2014). “The Political Vacuity of Transhumanism” . Stanford Political Journal . Some transhumanists have criticized the emergence of the Transhumanist Party, questioning the utility of politicizing transhumanist goals. In reality, the Transhumanist Party ideals are embodies are anti-political.

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