As one commentor has already pithily put the point, "You're really going after Transhumanists which I'm glad to see more people are doing. Expect to get attacked like you wouldn't believe." Ain't that the truth?
While I wouldn't want to create the impression that I agree with literally every claim being made here (I don't), nor that she (or he) would agree with everything I say hereabouts, I'll admit I really am pleased to see more of these debates happening and am pleased to think I have contributed to them in some measure.
Here are a few choice bits, but I recommend people read the whole piece and follow the discussion at the source.
The real problem with Transhumanism is… that nearly all Transhumanists are either Neocons and Neocon influenced….
[I would say that neoliberals probably outnumber neocons among the transhumanists these days, but if one opposes corporate-militarism on principle this difference is rather toMAYto toMAHto in the final analysis.]
I know that I will be accused of being a luddite for pointing out what's wrong with Transhumanism. I'm not a luddite. I'm a Technoprogressive. As a technoprogressive, I understand that the issue isn't technology. The issue is the (Neocon capitalist controlled) political system…. The reason why [people] can't get proper dental care isn't technological. It's because the Neocon capitalist government of America has decided to spend its money on imperialist wars of aggression and not universal health care for its citizens. This problem does not get better with more technology. If anything it will get worse as more technology reinforces the Neocon capitalist regime.
Since 99.5% of Transhumanists are white males, they don't care about any of these issues. A good example of this is Aubrey De Grey arguing that extending lives and saving lives is the same thing. Technically, he is correct. However, his statement hides the fact that "extending lives" primarily benefits rich and middle class white males, whereas the rest of us still die. If Aubrey De Grey really wants to save lives, why doesn't he help put an end to the war in Iraq, help make sure everyone on this planet has clean drinking water and enough food to eat, help agitate to reduce the power of the US/British military, and fight for a basic income guarantee. Being a (Neocon influenced) white male he sees no benefit to things that actually save lives so he just dicks around with "immortality."
[I'm not sure this is precisely fair to de Grey in particular, but the general critique has real force and deserves an extensive response from the "Technological Immortalists" in my view.]