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The Settler Imaginary: Colonization without Natives July 9, 2012

Posted by Summerspeaker in Decolonization, Environmental justice, The Singularity, Transhumanism.

On the other hand, if we make it past the growing pains of a Type one civilization, it means that all of those worlds are ripe for colonization without any worry of conflicting with natives. – Christian Corralejo

Is that the goal? All the glory of exploration and expansion minus the practical and ethical problems of negotiating cultural differences and competing claims to resources? The native appears simply as an obstacle in this narrative. The problem with colonialism doesn’t come from the colonial mindset and drive for domination, but rather from the circumstances (native populations) that impede and trouble the colonial mission. Space then presents the possibility for the fulfillment of the American myth of virgin land and the conquest of nature, not men (to use nineteenth-century phrasing).

While I share dreams of interstellar travel, I find the positive invocation of European colonialism profoundly problematic. If posthumans see themselves as Columbus, Cortés, Pizarro, and Smith when they set off for the stars, expect very bad things. Let’s decolonize our desires, folks.



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