Is anyone else here a left-libertarian transhumanist?
If the FSP actually gets off the ground, I'd like to found a community for people who agree to the political philosophy I am currently developing for my doctoral dissertation. I call it "omnilibertarianism" but I don't care what you call your personal philosophy, so long as we agree on the important points. It's a kind of fusion of libertarianism, transhumanism, and economic democracy. (In other words, you might call it left-libertarian transhumanism.) I'm assuming that in the Free State, communities will be allowed to be autonomous, and I'd love to try out my plans.
But I haven't even explained the reason why I think it will work. I've somehow discovered the secret to perpetual happiness. I've been unceasingly happy for weeks now, and it's unlike anything I've ever experienced in my life. I am convinced that I have attained what I consider the first step toward enlightenment. And I'm going to spend the next couple of years writing a book that details my philosophy. I want to show people what I have discovered to be a better way to live. For well over a decade I suffered from clinical depression, but now thanks to contemporary technology, I'm happier, more confident, more sociable, and more productive than I've ever been at any point in my life. In just about 3 months, I went from one of the worst periods of my life to what has easily been the best yet. And I think I know how to sustain it!
We are suspicious of happiness sometimes because we think people can be coerced through pleasure, and that happiness threatens freedom insofar as a slave could be happy in spite of everything else. The right kind of technology could control people's minds, and just make them feel happy all the time, so they don't put up any fight. But true happiness, more than just fleeting pleasure, lasting joy is of necessity freely chosen. Violence, threats, brainwashing, and other means of coercion would be unlawful in my community, if I could convince enough people.
If we need to reach 20,000, I can try to bring the transhumanist community on board. If they could be convinced to move to NH in large numbers, we'd add a lot of top scientists and engineers to our ranks, which couldn't hurt the economy and the scientific and technical progress we'll be able to achieve.
If this idea sounds interesting to you, please let me know. I'd be happy to answer anyone's questions or respond to any comments made in good faith. (Email: phallogocentrism at gmail dot com)