By Michael Collins
Part I of III
"The architecture of a totalitarian state is almost fully in place and the lawless implementation is accelerating. While the Bush violations of the Constitution and various federal codes were greeted with shock in some quarters, the staid declaration of a presidential assassination order by Nobel Peace Prize winner, President Barack Obama, was met with virtually no resistance by Congress." Michael Collins
By Michael Collins
Even though President Obama promised to close Guatanamo Bay and discontinue the use of military tribunals neither one of these things has occurred. Why? Because of Right Wing complaining about Democrats being soft on National Security. So, today the first person to face one of these military tribunals will be a young man captured in Afghanistan when he was 15 years old. But, it doesn't matter because its better to live in fear of your political opponents than do what is right.
Question: What does someone that identies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual or queer-fluid...have in common with someone who is transhuman?
Answer: These are terms that people use to define themselves regarding their own sex, gender, body.
if people won’t support civil rights for LGBT people, what makes you think they will support our right to modify our bodies with technology? LGBT civil rights are completely worth advocating on their own terms, but a world that accepts a diversity of sexual orientations will also be more open-minded about other forms of diversity, and that is not only helpful, but moral.
Gays, lesbians and bisexuals are also natural allies of transhumanism since the right to control one’s own body means being able to share it with other consenting adults. The champions of natural law attack homosexuality and human enhancement with the same arguments. In-vitro fertilization allows lesbians to have children without having sex with a man. Work on fertilizing eggs with the DNA from another egg or replacing egg DNA with sperm DNA would allow gay parents to both have a genetic link to their children.
The experiences and lessons learned from other social movements - the race, LGBT, feminist and other movements - may be useful here. For example, some of the commonsense values listed and many more have been reevaluated by past movements.
In traditional conversations and prejudices, the matter of what gender someone chooses to identify as, or whom they sleep with have nothing to do with someone extending the function of the human body with technology. Yet, they are all personal decisions by individuals for how they choose to define their own sex, gender, body.
Whose choice is it, if a person...
- chooses to identify as one gender or another?
- chooses to have consensual sex with another adult(s) of one gender or another?
- chooses to replace one's own body parts with technology that improves or alters the human body?
Is it society's choice or the individual? Who has dominion over your sex, gender, body?
(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)
I was traveling this weekend and did not have the time to do any posting. I saw a couple of good posts on the subject of Transgender Rememberance Day. I have to be honest and admit that I did not even know this occasion existed. I am sad that it is necessary, but I am happy to support it.