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From: randy <>
Subject: Re: which country will be first to legalize cryonics?
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2003 09:05:32 -0600
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On 15 Nov 2003 10:00:01 -0000, you wrote
>Message #22838
>Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 08:00:34 -0800 (PST)
>From: Randall Burns <>
>Subject: Russia and Cryonics
>I personally think that exploring how it might be
>possible to lobby in Russia would be a good idea. I
>also suspect that some countries like Japan and Korea
>would be amenable here. 
>If cryonicists could just get 3-5 countries to
>_firmly_ legalize cryonics, this would be a big step

I am thinking that if any country would be able to legalize cryonics,
it would be one of the northwestern European countries, such as
Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, etc.  THey seem to have a
more pragmatic, non-religious approach to life.  For example, polls
show that far fewer citizens of those countries have a belief in a god
or afterlife (I think the figure there is maybe 30-40% or so, as
opposed to 60-70% here in the USA).  

Also, Switzerland and Netherlands have, I believe,  practically
decriminalized euthanasia.

You can see the European pragmatism in their choice of government:
Here in America, we seem to have a sort of "lottery culture", where we
all seem to think we will be rich some day if we just put our heads
down like sheep and work as hard as possible.  The Europeans seem to
acknowledge that only a minority will become rich, and so they have a
far more reliable social safety net and welfare state, with higher

We Americans are in many ways more obedient and sheeplike, although we
would deny it of course.    But just look at the rates of voluntary
voting in America: we have maybe 30% of eligible citizens who bother
to vote for either Republicrat Tweedledum or Republicrat Tweedledee.
In some countries of NW Europe, however, voluntary voter participation
rates are much higher, e.g., 90% or over!

Anyway, it just seems to me that compared to NW Europeans, many of us
Americans have our heads in the clouds, what with our afterlife
religion, our  credit card debt, our I'll-be-rich-someday lottery
culture, our who-cares-who-is-voted-president politics, etc. 

As far as I am concerned, cryonics is nothing if not a pragmatic
choice trying to make the best of a bad situation.  

So, why is cryonics only practiced in America (and somewhat in
England and Australia)?  I dunno.....but along with Russia, I look to
NW Europe to be the first to officially recognize cryonics as
something worthwhile. America in general actually holds cryonics in
disdain, as we have seen with the Ted Williams affair.

>I tend to agree, the political situation in the US is
>such that there is a good chance the religious right
>will at some point ban cryonics in the US. Now, the
>other option here to start exploring allies in the
>Democratic party. Dennis Kucinich for example is
>trying to figure out how to appeal to libertarian
>voters(for example he had  a recent positive article
>about John Gilmore on his blog).

Yeah, Kucinich is THE MAN!

He is the only presidential candidate who has come out in support of
proportional representation, which would give us the tool we need to
remake American political structure.  Also, he has a pln for
implementinguniversal health care, which is of course what gives NW
Europeans their longer life spans (they live about 3 years longer on
average than Americans).

But I have no idea how he feels about cryonics. Maybe I could email
him--I am involved in his campaign as a volunteer here in Houston.....



The United States of America: If you like low wages, you'll love long hours!

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