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TechnoProgressive: The Manifesto of a Technoscience-Focused Progressive Artivist

Vladimir De Thezier
By Vladimir De Thezier
Ethical Technology

Posted: Feb 6, 2007

The IEET would like to re-introduce one of our contributors, Vladimir De Thézier.

My name is Vladimir De Thézier.

Born in Montreal, I am a Québécois of Haitian ancestry who read widely as a youth, which nurtured my life-long rationalism and progressivism. However, at the age of 17, my alienation from atheism and apoliticism drove me on a 10-year search for meaning.

I explored a variety of religious and political ideologies (from Unitarian Universalist Christianity to Impossibilism) but gradually became disillusioned with each of them. However, my introduction to neurotheology, which explains the evolutionary and neuro-psychological origins of spirituality, made me conclude that secular (post)humanism was the only intellectually honest lifestance for me to take, while my study of, and dismay at, the consequences of both liberal capitalism and state communism made me choose “libertarian social democracy” — a synthesis of left-wing libertarianism and classical social democracy — as my political philosophy.

In 2002, my aspiring work in documentary and film scriptwriting, and growing interest in the promises and dangers of emerging technologies, led me to embrace efforts by a new generation of futurists to expand the middle ground between techno-apocalypticism and techno-utopianism as the most comprehensive synthesis of my goals.

As a technoprogressive social entrepreneur, I am currently developing Technoliberation, a project which supports conversation, collaboration, organization, and debate among liberal, social, and radical democrats from around the world all of whom share the sense that emerging, converging, disruptive global technological developments threaten unprecedented harm while they promise unprecedented emancipation for humanity. I want to stimulate citizens to think about the ways in which technology provokes us to rethink and reimagine the left wing of the possible.

As a technoprogressive creative professional, I am aware of the power of the media to create great social change. My goal is to deliver compelling entertainment through films and documentaries that will inspire audiences to get involved in the issues that affect us all.

But what does a technoprogressive believe you ask?

I can only speak for myself when I say that I believe democracy is a human invention and a political “technology” which historically is still very young and whose power and potential has neither been fully understood nor realized. As a human invention, it is imperfect and will always be but it also can be improved, just as a car or computer or, using a better analogy, a software programme, can be upgraded.

Politics is like the “Operating System” of society and to remain free and prosperous, it is to our advantage, in addition to being our civic duty, to constantly improve democracy as the least worst of all possible political “Operating Systems”.

As technoprogressives, we must collaborate together to continue tweaking the political technology of democracy to better face the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

Vladimir De Thézier is a cultural creative born and living in Montreal, Quebec. He served as Special Projects Manager for the IEET from January 2006 to December 2007 and is currently a political and cultural blogger for Huffington Post Quebec.
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