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Overview of Biopolitics
Libertarian Transhumanists Technoprogressives Left-wing Bioconservatives Right-wing Bioconservatives
Definitions Transhumanism Technoprogressive Bioconservative Luddism Bioconservative Luddism
Exemplary Groups Extropy Institute [defunct] Technoprogressive list

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Center for
Genetics and Society


Council for
Responsible Genetics


ETC Group
Center for
Bioethics and Culture


Center for
Bioethics and Human Dignity


New Atlantis magazine

Futurisms Blog

First Things

Personhood.net
Humanity+

Humanity+ Magazine
Libertarian Transhumanists Technoprogressives Left-wing Bioconservatives Right-wing Bioconservatives
Citizenship Personhood-based "cyborg citizenship":
All self-aware beings with desires and plans for the
future should be considered citizens with a right to life.
Limited Human-Racism:
"Humanness" determines citizenship, but not for embryos.
(Religious) Human-Racism:
"Humanness"
determines citizenship.

(Deep Ecological) Eco-centrism:
Human beings have equal rights with all living things.
Humanism
vs.
Religious Right
Humanism:
Human beings are free to determine their own future, guided by prudent reason. There are no obvious natural or divine limits on human aspiration.
Opposition to
(Capitalist/ Imperialist/ Patriarchal) Humanism
Deep Ecology/Hubris Taboo: Humanity should be restricted by divine or ecological taboos.
Individual Liberty
vs.
Yuck Factor
Individual liberty:
trumps yuck factor.
Yuck factor:
trumps individual liberty in germinal choice and biotech, but not in sexuality or abortion.
Yuck factor:
trumps individual liberty.
Technological Risks Resignation:
Technology is uncontrollable, government intervention always has bad unforeseen consequences, and risks are manageable without government.
Regulation:
Risks are manageable with the assistance of democratic oversight and management.
Relinquishment:
Risks are so enormous and unknowable, and regulatory institutions so flawed, that human enhancement should be banned.
Libertarian Transhumanists Technoprogressives Left-wing Bioconservatives Right-wing Bioconservatives
The Equality Challenge of Enhancement Technology Market Access
and Legal Equality Enough:

If legal equality is guaranteed and enhancement technologies are available in the market, social equality is irrelevant and government should do nothing to create a more equal society.
Make Enhancement Universally Accessible:
Democracies should work toward social equality, and provide universal access to enhancement technologies.
Bans on Technologies as Part of Larger Egalitarian Program:
Democracies should work toward social equality and ban enhancement technologies.
Tech Bans Necessary to Protect Equality:
Equality can be guaranteed by banning enhancement technologies.
Reproductive Rights and Procreative Liberty Procreative Liberty:
Trust parents to act in kids best interests, and let them buy germinal choice in the market.
Procreative Liberty, Equality and Beneficence:
Trust parents to act in kids’ best interests, stop them if they don’t, give them equal access to germinal choice technology, and encourage them to create children with the best life opportunities.
Limited
Procreative Liberty:

Reproductive rights, but not extended to germinal choice and reproductive technology.
Procreative Liberty Trumped by Religious Right:
Reproductive rights trumped by religious prohibitions or the need for radical population reduction.
Ecological Protection Free Market Green:
The market can solve all ecological problems.
TechnoGaian:
A combination of judicious regulation and ecologically-oriented technologies can prevent and remediate ecological damage. Openness to the cautious use of geoengineering as a partial mitigation of climate change is an example of a technogaian approach.
Left Ecology:
Technologies developed by patriarchal, capitalist systems need to be banned and those systems changed.
Deep Ecology:
Humanity should radically restrict itself.

(Religious) Dominion Theology:
Man has stewardship over Nature.
Libertarian Transhumanists Technoprogressives Left-wing Bioconservatives Right-wing Bioconservatives
Structural Unemployment and Basic Income Guarnatee The Market will Provide:
If the government avoids meddling (unemployment insurance, minimum wages, etc.) all workers will find new jobs, even if at lower wages.
Embrace the End of Work:
The wealth and leisure created by automation should be shared equitably by all through a basic income guarantee and shorter work week.
Protectionism, Luddism, Public Employment:
Attempt to protect existing jobs, and create new ones.
(EcoLuddite) Small is Beautiful:
Stop automation and adopt voluntary simplicity.
Globalization Economic globalization is good:
Global governance, worker protections, environmental laws, all unnecessary.
Economic globalization
must be accompanied by political globalization:

Economic globalization is good so long as it is accompanied by worker rights and protections, environmental laws, and global democratic governance of capital flows.
(EcoLuddite) Globalization should be stopped:
Return to local self-reliance and political sovereignity.

(Religious) Global bans on enhancement tech:
Global treaties to ban cloning and enhancement, but no other global governance.

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