Cyberselfish Technolibertarians

March 27, 2007

I started reading the book Cyberselfish by Paulina Borksook last night. Tom Slee describes this book as “…a few years old now (but a good read nonetheless)”. The book was published in 2000. The premise of the book is that techno geeks are mostly libertarian which Borksook finds disturbing.

…for beneath them I sensed nastiness, narcissism, and lack of human warmth, qualities that surely don’t need to be hard-wired into the fields of computing and communications.

Borksook begins the section named “Varieties of Religious Experience” with this.

Much as there are two forms of the plague – bubonic (less contagious and not necessarily lethal) and pneumonic (violently infectious and almost always fatal), technolibertarianism manifests in two forms: political and phillosophical.

So that is the general tone of the book; biting humor used to emphasize a very negative generalization of a group of people. The style can be best described as Anne Coulter for lefties.

Is there any truth to her claims? I don’t think so. Borsook rails against a caricature of libertarianism. She says that “on any test that could be designed to test ‘how libertarian are you?'” that techno geeks “would score high high high”. I doubt it. I don’t think many techno geeks support the economic freedoms at the heart of libertarianism. Take The Worlds Smallest Political Test to find out where you stand.


One Response to “Cyberselfish Technolibertarians”

  1. das L Says:

    hard on the Line between Libertarian and centrist.

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