Transhumanism—the movement to upgrade human bodies and lives with technology—is being overrun by socialists and a politically correct culture devoid of risk and objectivity. We must save our prosperous future.
The fate of libertarians and fiscally conservative people rests in embracing transhumanism and become more open-minded to cultural and technological change—or the far-left will own the future, just like they already own the environmental movement.
America is getting beat by authoritarian China. Within years, we may not be the world leader anymore culturally, politically, or economically. We must save America’s moral, democratic, and entrepreneurial leadership in the world.
Specifically, we must win the AI, genetic editing, and neural prosthetics arms races, which will dominate innovation and economic prosperity in the 21st Century.
We don’t have a moment to lose or we will wake up in 10 years to an illiberal globe where China calls the shots.
Widespread automation is coming. Capitalism will be challenged to its core as inequality grows and human labor becomes obsolete with the rise of automation and software.
The Federal Land Dividend is the only libertarian and bipartisan “universal basic income” that doesn’t raise taxes whatsoever. It monetizes America’s mostly unused 100+ trillion-dollar natural resources via leasing rights—and in return, promises to give every citizen a permanent monthly income of $1,000 a month.
The tax free Federal Land Dividend will dramatically shrink government by helping to pay for everything from healthcare to college to welfare to general living expenses. It’s time to fully utilize our national resources for the common good of all Americans. We shouldn’t have millions of Americans going to be bed hungry and living on the streets when we have trillions of dollars in natural resources readily available to be monetized. Remember, the people own this land, not the government.
AN OBJECTIVE VALUE
& DECISION-MAKING SYSTEM
I believe science, technology, and dedication to personal liberties can solve the majority of the world’s problems.
I believe the Scientific Method is a better way to solve political issues than historical precedents, religion, ethnicity, party politics, constitutional analysis, or any other mode of decision-making.
I believe deeply in freedom, reason and objectivity, and I think America would be made stronger and smarter by embracing these core values.
ZOLTAN ISTVAN'S 20-POINT PLAN
Improve the Constitution
Improve the Constitution to Accommodate Technological, Cultural, and Demographic Changes
I would advocate for improving the Constitution to make it more malleable and ready to adjust every few years to radically changing times and accelerating technology.
An Improved Constitution should:
Institute a mandate that returns the $100+ trillion dollars of Federal land and its value to the people.
Introduce a fourth branch of government that would be based on the concept of Direct Digital Democracy—the idea that citizens can vote on policies in real-time using new technologies that the other three branches of government must legally consider. While some people may argue this enlarges the government, it does exactly the opposite; it gives the power back to the people by reducing the strength of the other branches of government.
Add a Balanced Budget Amendment to control runaway deficit
Protect morphological freedom in adults (the right to do anything to your body so long as it doesn’t harm others). In the coming transhumanist age, the goverrnment should not be able to limit what we can do to our bodies, regardless of cultural norm, religious bias, or political orientation.
Implement ranked voting on a federal level, as well as term limits throughout government
Create legal mechanisms to more easily and speedily adjust the Constitution to radically changing times and accelerating technology
IRS and Cutting Taxes
End the IRS. Phase Out the Income Tax with a National Sales Tax
As automation and robots take more and more jobs, they will eventually be able to do most of the work that taxes pay for now.
It is time to begin the long-term dismantling of the IRS with a policy that phases out of all individual taxes. As part of the transition, I would advocate for a national sales tax and aim for a U.S. tax code that is less than five pages long—not the 76,000 pages that the IRS has now.
Instead of a Wealth Tax like many Democrats are proposing on the super rich, I would personally encourage billionaires to commit and follow through on the Giving Pledge, where ultra rich individuals pledge to give back to society much of their wealth. This pledge originally created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet has been a great success so far for the world. I would be willing to create reciprocal tax advantages as well as advocate for awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom for those who follow through on the Giving Pledge.
End the Drug War
End the Drug War, Offer Tax Free Reparations to Victims of the Government’s Excesses, and Legalize all Drugs
End the drug war and legalize all drugs. Spend some of the saved money on rehabilitation. Empty prisons of nonviolent drug offenders.
Provide reparations for victims of the government’s drug war against minor drug offenders. Offer reparations through tax credits paid with the savings from prison costs.
Abortion and a Third Choice
Abortion and a Third Choice: Artificial Wombs
There are approximately 50 million abortions worldwide a year. Offer private companies incentives to help develop the artificial womb. Artificial wombs for certain preemies will likely already be in use in the US by 2020 or 2021, but more funding and leadership is needed to greatly expand this unique technology which will forever change the abortion debate.
Protect Humankind from Existential Risk
Protect Humankind from Existential Risk
Offer private companies incentives to protect the species against existential risk (including artificial intelligence, plagues, asteroids, climate change, super volcanoes, nuclear warfare, and other disaster).
Encourage space exploration through private enterprise
I would also prioritize the building of safe AI that emphasizes cybersecurity.
Global partnerships will be critical in dismantling nuclear weapons before AI learns how to use them.
Reduce Government Via Tech
Downsize Government with Radical Technology
Use radical technology to reduce the size and cost of government. Replace millions of government jobs by robots, AI, and new tech.
Advocate for using blockchain tech in government, which will further streamline federal services (real estate transactions, marriage certificates, taxes, etc.)
Allow cryptocurrencies to be freely used anywhere
Diversity of Leadership
Promote Diversity in Government Leadership
Our government does not reflect the diversity of the American people.
The government should not be dominated by white male lawyers when lawyers represent no more than a few percent of the country’s working population.
Campaign finance reforms should encourage more women and minorities to run for office, as well as the non-religious, who are growing and already represent 15 percent of the population
Support 3rd Party growth in America
Criminal Justice Reform
Criminal Justice Reform / Empty Prisons of Nonviolent Offenders
Significantly lessen the massive incarcerated population in America by using innovative technologies to monitor nonviolent criminals outside of prison.
Encourage private prisons to only use robots so as to remain fair and unbiased against prisoners and their sentences.
Encourage victims of sexual harassment to immediately report accusations with government authorities.
Create a Universal Basic Income Off Leasing Federal Land
Create a Libertarian Tax Free Universal Basic Income off Leasing Federal Land
Widespread automation is coming. Capitalism will be challenged to its core as inequality grows and human labor becomes obsolete with the rise of automation and software. The Federal Land Dividend is the only libertarian and bipartisan “universal basic income” that doesn’t raise taxes whatsoever.
It monetizes America’s mostly unused 150+ trillion-dollar natural resources via leasing rights—and in return, promises to give every citizen a permanent monthly income of $1,000 a month. This plan does not in any way touch national parks or other popular Federal land destinations.
The tax free Federal Land Dividend will dramatically shrink government by helping to pay for everything from healthcare to college to welfare to general living expenses. It’s time to fully utilize our national resources for the common good of all Americans while shrinking the government.
Fixing the Environment with Radical Tech
Fixing the Environment and Dealing with Climate Change
A bright green future rests with disruptive tech. The most efficient way to address our environmental dilemmas, such as global warming (which I believe is occurring), is via technological innovation—not attempting to reverse our carbon footprint or go totally green. Strongly emphasize and create radical green tech solutions—like geo-engineering, nanotechnology, and green energy—to make the planet healthier. Also support genetic editing techniques to help replenish endangered wildlife populations and dwindling forests. Trees may be able to be engineered to grow 5-10 times faster in the near future, helping the planet’s greenhouse issues.
Encourage Democracy All Over the World
Spread Democracy worldwide by facilitating greater economic and friendly cooperation between international governments.
Isolate and criticize undemocratic or authoriatiarn governments that refuse to promote democracy, libertarianism, and transparency in politics
My tax free Federal Land Dividend basic income will provide enough money for all people to afford private insurance.
Stop lawyers from meddling with the medical industry and causing such excess healthcare rates.
Streamline existing FDA function dramatically and reduce regulatory hurdles and timeframes for drugs and medical device creators. Facilitate the creation of experimental medicines to those severely ill with little testing required.
Prohibit laws interfering with citizens’ pursuit of health and longevity. Don’t allow bans on genetic editing, cloning, and other radical science
I believe in education. Therefore offer school choice to all ages using vouchers. Offers as many possiblities to get educated as possible.
Immigration: Nearly Open Borders
I advocate for nearly open borders, followed by a far more fair and efficient immigration policy. I aim to grow America’s population by immigration to compete against a much larger China.
Aim to make immigrants proficient in basic English and respectful of American customs.
Reduce the Military-Industrial Complex with a Science-Industrial Complex
Reduce the Military-Industrial Complex, End foreign intervention, & Promote a Private Science-Industrial Complex
Get out of the business of being a world police officer. Stop foreign intervention.
Reduce the size of the military-industrial complex to free up funds for a scientific and educational industrial complex in America. Spend more money on fighting cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, rather than on wars and conflicts in far-off countries.
A smaller military could be equally if not more effective by phasing out human soldiering and becoming near totally reliant on robots, drones, and other tech.
Stop Gun Violence and Terrorism with New Tech
Gun Violence and Terrorism
Allow private enterprise to help stop mass shootings and terrorism with drones, robots, AI scanners, and other technology.
Implement term limits throughout government.
Implement ranked voting on a federal level.
Incentivize 3rd party participation in government. Conduct formal objective government polls to make sure third-party candidates get polled regularly so they don’t spend all their campaigning time and resources trying to establish name recognition.
Mandate real-time public surveillance of police officers, as well as greater transparency overall of government
Advocate for overturning Citizens United and let the states decide questions about the role of money in politics.
Family and Society
Family and Society
For adults, protect rights of LGBTQ, digisexuality and other minority perspectives.
Protect freedoms derived from the Non-Aggression Principle.
Tort Reform and Preventing the Use of Law as a Weapon
Tort Reform and Preventing the Use of Law as a Weapon
America is lawsuit crazy. This is harming both small and big businesses, which remain an integral part of innovation and our economy. Congress and the President need to act to protect people from frivolous lawsuits.
I specifically favor:
Sanctions for frivolous litigation based on the costs of responding to meritless claims
Limitations on state courts’ jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants
Greater restrictions and due process protections on class action lawsuits
Incentives to resolve disputes in alternatives to tort litigation such as arbitration
Defend Transhumanism from Socialist and Authoritarian Forces
Create long term policies that defend science and technology from being overrun by socialist and authoritarian forces. Deregulate science and technology innovation as much as possible.
Lay the groundwork for civil rights for other future advanced sapient beings like AI, conscious robots, cyborgs, and genetically created sapients beings. The world is quickly changing and we must be ready for what humanity creates or even becomes.
Create incentives and cultural support for capitalism and laissez-faire markets to thrive.