A Tranarchist Manifesto
Transgender, Transhuman, Anarchism
The outline of this manifesto had been bouncing around our headspace for quite some time now, but we have not deemed it fit to put it into writing, due to our disappointment at how the space for transhumanism is dominated by cishet white male libertarians. However, the recent revelation of Richard K. Morgan - who wrote one of the most popular transhumanist fiction in Altered Carbon - as a transphobe had changed our minds: for far too long our visions of technologies and their greatest promises had been controlled by the conservative establishment, to which we say: no more! In this text, we’ll briefly outline a philosophy we call tranarchism, a philosophy based upon the ideal of an anarcho-communist society proposed by Kroptokin and others, extended into the future envisioned by transhumanism. It differs with the existing idea of anarcho-transhumanism in that we believe in the present day, the rights of trans people, above all else, is essential to the development and eventual blossoming of both transhumanism and anarchism. Therefore, we seek to argue that trans rights, transhumanism, and anarchism are three sides of the same triangle, and it’ll eventually come a time when one cannot exist without the other two.
First, on trans rights. Going by the most inclusive definition, a trans person is simply someone who doesn’t always identify with the gender arbitrarily assigned to them by so-called medical “professionals” based on the outward appearance of their genitalia. We know, as a scientific fact, that biological sex exists on a spectrum, and the concept of binary sex is nothing but a social construct created by the establishment to control the people; genders are even more varied and complex, and anyone who seeks to gatekeep and control gender identities are just tyrants in their narrow and little minds. That trans rights - the right to reject a role imposed upon you based on arbitrary standards - is the most fundamental of morphological freedoms should go without saying, but as it is always the case with the cishets, it needed to be said: you cannot, in good conscience, support a transhumanist ideology that challenges the very idea of humanity, while holding onto such outdated and conservative ideas like binary sex and gender. Anarchists, who seek to abolish all systems of control and oppression, should pour their effort into the fight for trans rights, for the system of binary sex and gender roles are the oldest and most evil of these institutions. If you cannot see beyond it, you are not fit for either transhumanism or anarchism - the only kind of free thinker you are is one free from the burden of thinking for yourself
Second, on transhumanism. At its most basic level, transhumanism is simply the idea that we can and should transcend human limitations through technological means. While libertarians would no doubt claim the honor of creating the ideology, transhumanist ideas had existed since the dawn of the human species, in the epic of Gilgamesh when he set out to find the elixir of immortality. In fact, one may very well argue that transhumanism is practiced today, with trans people who modify their biochemistry through hormones, and people with disabilities who overcome them with technologies like hearing aids or wheelchairs. Humanity had always coexisted and coevolved with technologies: the idea that we’ll be able to stop doing so is not only foolish, it’s inherently transphobic and ableist. We would argue that transhumanism is simply an extension and generalization of trans rights into the broader idea of morphological freedom: if we believe that a trans person should be allowed to modify their bodies to fit their gender, should we deny an otherkin the right to modify their body to become their ideal selves, should the technology ever become available? We think not, not unless one wishes to be a hypocrite. However, we believe that transhumanism cannot - and in fact, should not - exist under state and capital. It’s as Gibson said: “The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.” So long as centralized power exists in the form of state or capital, technological progress will always serve as a tool of oppression and exploitation for the establishment first and foremost, before it eventually trickles down to the masses...if ever. The kind of technological wonder promised by transhumanism is nothing short of nightmarish for the people if wielded by an authoritarian establishment.
Last but not the least, anarchism. Contrary to capitalist propaganda, anarchism doesn’t mean a lack of rules, nor do anarchists reject labour. The word “anarchy” simply means “without leader”; we seek to abolish all unjust systems and hierarchies, instead of sowing discord for the sake of discord. It just so happens that throughout human history, laws put forth by state and capital had always been created to protect the establishment and control the masses. What we reject is work, or wage slavery: the mandate that you must sell your labour for a fraction of its worth or face execution by starvation. So long as there exists a hierarchy, someone will have to be stamped underfoot, and throughout the history of the so-called Western “civilization”, trans people had always been on the lowest rung in society regardless of what kind of state the state is in. It is our belief that only a total abolishment of all hierarchy will see the liberation of trans people, once and for all. While some anarchists had turned reactionary and embraced primitivism, seeing technology and civilization as one and the same as state and capital, we know that it is not the case: we’ve seen how new technology enabled the people to organize and fight back in ways never before thought possible. It is our belief that technology, put into the hands of the people instead of the establishment, will hasten the destruction of state and capital and not only enable but improve an anarchist society.
Trans rights. Transhumanism. Anarchism. The three sides form a triangle of liberty and equality, where all people are empowered to determine exactly who they are, from the state of their minds to the shape of their bodies. We concede that it is possible that humanity had not yet reached a point where our collective consciousness is ready for such radical self-determination, but we trust in humanity’s ability to learn from mistakes and improve, if only grindingly slowly. The time will eventually come when all people, without fault, are ready to embrace and enjoy the fruits of technology in a society without state or capital, when people finally learn to rule their own lives independent of establishment and hierarchies. It is the duty of us, as tranarchists, to facilitate and prepare for this transition, so that when the time finally arrives that technology is able to give us all that we dreamed of, all obstacles are removed and it is the people who reap that reward.
All for all!