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Transhumanist Colonialism from the Horse’s Mouth August 9, 2014

Posted by Summerspeaker in Anarchism, Anti-imperialism, Decolonization, Technology, Transhumanism.
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My recent piece on IEET has provoked Hank Pellissier to launch into a defense of colonialism:

“Colonialism”… I do not believe it is always 100% destructive

Neither do the colonized… the link below for example – its a popular chat site for Nigerians, read it and you discover that many/most of the posters think colonization provided some benefits…

http://www.nairaland.com/12021/colonialism-good-africa

also…

Untouchability in Hindu India… a long, wretched tradition that was partially alleviated by the British colonialists…

Sati – or Suttee – the burning of widows in India, also abolished by British colonialists…

or…

Albinos are occasionally killed for body parts in Tanzania – the Canadian NGO “Under the Sun” is trying to criminalize the profession of “witch doctor” there… Are they being “colonialist” in their attitude, imposing their values?

I wrote an article opposing Female Genital Mutilation – a commenter told me that I was displaying a “white, imperialist, colonialist” attitude because I was suggesting my cultural values were superior –

who is right or wrong?

is colonialism acceptable if it provides…. education, medicine, infrastructure, democracy, improvement in human rights… ?

Ey goes on describe U.S. military aid as a good investment:

Hi Kris – my essay, “Israel’s Value to Transhumanism” lists numerous ways Israeli innovation contributes to the creation of a better technoprogressive future. It was written four years ago, and Israel’s value has increased significantly since then. For example, Israelis have gotten 6 Nobel Peace prizes in Chemistry in the last decade… plus Daniel Kahneman’s Nobel Prize in Economics, for his work in Game Theory, highly valued by AI researchers.

Israel’s “Value” is deeply unappreciated by its hostile neighbors.

To guarantee Israel’s survival, the DOD provides about $3 billion in weaponry to Israel annually.

I don’t think this is a terrible investment.  Here is a list for you of
“57 Contributions Israel Has Made to the World”

http://www.levitt.com/news/2005/08/04/57-contributions-israel-has-made-to-the-world/

IMO, people who want the elimination of Israel are desiring a future scenario that delays and destroys techno-progress

Peter Wicks concurs:

Honestly, I don’t have the slightest quibble with Hank’s reflections regarding colonialism. It indeed brought benefits as well as destruction and misery. And it was entirely relevant to the discussion (including the African example) given that we are responding to an article that essentially condemns Israel for being a settler-colonialist state.

While I wouldn’t argue that literally nothing positive has come out of colonial projects, presenting colonialism as beneficial to the colonized under current political circumstances strikes me as overwhelmingly pernicious. In Pellissier’s case, it goes hand in hand with support for U.S. military aid to Israel, support for supplying Israel with the explosives that have just killed hundreds of noncombatants in Gaza. Pellissier advocates exactly what I oppose: building the fabulous future atop a heap of bones.

As I’ve argued previously, programs that demand suffering today on the basis of knowing the future assume far too much certainty. If folks like Pellissier have their way, forty years from now we may well end up with compounding misery and no magical tech to save us.

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