Ask a Question 3

You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers, part 3! Actually, it’s more like “the two same people as last time sent you a question again.” But hey, this is a small blog so…

But yea, if you have any questions, press the “Ask a question” button on the top left and I’ll do my best to answer.

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Name: travis
Comment: Hi,

Is there a connection between eugenics/transhumanism and anti-natalism?

Thanks!

That’s an interesting question. I personally have not heard of any such connection, with one exception: on Youtube I know some people have put forward transhumanism as a “less extreme” alternative to antinatalism in terms of eradicating suffering. The theory is that one day technology might get to the point where we can create new human beings who cannot experience physical or mental suffering in any way, and that this would be an adequate solution.

The obvious antinatalist reply to such a position is that suffering gives human beings a reason to live and strive, and that without it there is no more point to human existence. Without the motivation to reduce other people’s suffering, there is no reason for humans to exist at all. Such an existence would be pleasant enough, but there’s no logical reason to choose it over antinatalism.

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Name: Marco den Ouden
Comment: Some of the things on your blog interest me a great deal, others not so much. I am particularly interested in your political theories. I have thought about collecting some of your articles in a sequence and copying them into a pdf or epub document so I can read them at my leisure like a book – in an organized and sequential fashion. Would you be okay with this? Many of your articles contain links back to previous articles and involves some jumping around. Can you list ten or so links to articles that explain your philosophy in an ordered fashion so I have a good place to start and can then proceed article by article. Have you thought of collecting some of your writings into a book? Please do not include anything on feminism or anti-natalism. I agree with the former and disagree with the latter, but it is not what I am interested in reading right now. Just politics, specifically your brand of libertarian socialism.

That’s perfectly fine, I expect there are few (if any) people who are interested in every single topic I write about.

I see no problem with people collecting entries and putting them together, as long as it stays public domain. As for articles that explain my philosophy, I would recommend you look to my list of most important entries. These are the entries that I link to the most, usually because they explain some core principle about ethics or politics. There is some antinatalist stuff there, but not much.

I don’t really believe that any person who has thought about these issues can have a worldview that can be described as going from point A, to point B, to point C. Yes, there are basic principles that we base our thinking on, but often you find out about an idea, agree with it, but it takes you a while to understand how it fits in the bigger picture. The result of my thinking on that subject led me to renaming my blog, as I’ve discussed here.

Finally, I did want to point out, as I did to you by email, that it’s rather incongruous to agree with radical feminism but not with antinatalism, as both are fundamentally connected. I’ve pointed out before the connection between anti-feminism and natalism; now I would go farther and even say that we cannot have feminism without antinatalism, and we cannot have antinatalism without feminism. Those two strands of the human future are inextricably linked. The less we value procreation, the more we’ll value women, and the more we’ll value women, the less we’ll value procreation.

2 thoughts on “Ask a Question 3

  1. qwertyuio April 6, 2014 at 05:11 Reply

    I haven’t read “The Axis of Woman-Hating” yet but as a male who went from light interest in feminism all the way to solidarity with radical feminism without hearing anything about the ideas of anti-natalism, I’m not sure how intrinsic a connection can be claimed to to radical feminist theory. It may in fact be the case that people on the same train of thought that brought them to one can ride it to the other (my anti-natalism train seems to be embarking — I do agree with the core assertion outright). or, “ppl who r smart enough 4 1 r smart enough 4 tha other” as a lighter hypothesis..

    I will be reading your previous article though. and I’m also interested in your philosophy of state and capital (not too fond of designating the phrase “political philosophy” as referring strictly to state/capital issues). to be honest if I had the time I’d have read every post here, there just is not enough hours.

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