Transhumanist Party Candidate Zoltan Istvan Touts McAfee for Libertarian Nomination

When John McAfee declared his candidacy for President of the United States last September, he did so on the notional ticket of a new “Cyber Party.” In December, he chose instead to seek the Libertarian Party‘s 2016 presidential nomination.

Last Friday, another putative “new party” candidate — Zoltan Istvan, who declared himself a “Transhumanist Party” candidate for the presidency in 2014 — recommended, in a column for The Huffington Post, “To Grow Third-Party Politics in America, Make John McAfee the Libertarian Party Nominee”:

The good news for America is that the Libertarian Party will probably be on all 50 state ballots, meaning it’s possible that the Libertarian Party presidential candidate could significantly alter the outcome of the elections.

This could especially be the case if a colorful enough character is the nominee for the Libertarian Party. It’s possible the Libertarian candidate could get enough votes to sway the election one way of the other–or at least the media might play it that way for the six months leading up to the elections.

Controversial, volatile, and having more fun than the other candidates, John McAfee could be just the Libertarian candidate America needs to further continue the positive change Trump and Sanders have caused to America’s stale political infrastructure.

Istvan blogs on transhumanism — “an international and intellectual movement that aims to transform the human condition by developing and creating widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities” — at Psychology Today and Motherboard as well as The Huffington Post.

McAfee and Istvan met and debated in late 2015 as covered by International Business Times. McAfee waxed less than enthusiastic about transhumanism in that encounter, stating “I can’t think of a more horrific concept than immortality …. It is anti-evolutionary. We need to die and die young preferably; dying is the most beautiful of all things. I’d get behind a platform where you kill everyone at 30. I would fight you tooth and nail to stop you making people live forever.”

I’ve been unable to find any record of Istvan, who campaigned as recently as late 2015 by driving a coffin-shaped bus around the US, formally ending his own candidacy, nor does Istvan’s HuffPo piece explicitly label itself an “endorsement.”

5 thoughts on “Transhumanist Party Candidate Zoltan Istvan Touts McAfee for Libertarian Nomination

  1. Andy Craig

    “We need to die and die young preferably; dying is the most beautiful of all things. I’d get behind a platform where you kill everyone at 30. I would fight you tooth and nail to stop you making people live forever.”

    I assume he was being hyperbolic for effect and not entirely serious, but that’s still a rather grotesque sentiment.

  2. Thomas L. Knapp Post author

    I assume he was fucking around. But it was the most provocative statement in the IBT piece, so I decided it was worth highlighting.

    The most INTERESTING part of the IBT piece — to me — is that it doesn’t mention public works programs, “Office of Digital Transformation,” etc. when describing McAfee. how DOES it describe him? Well, read it and find out 😀

  3. langa

    From the IBT article:

    [McAfee’s] policies include ending the war on drugs, dissolving the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and ending military intervention overseas.

    If he would spend more time on these issues and less on his non-libertarian (although, admittedly, not anti-libertarian) cyber security plan, he’d be a much more attractive candidate to me, and, I suspect, to many other LP members, as well. As it is, he’s probably my third choice, but that’s mainly because the rest of the field is so weak.

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