Istvan: Aging is a disease

Zoltan Istvan, the Transhumanist Party’s 2016 presidential candidate, is now seeking the Libertarian Party’s 2018 nomination for governor of California. Istvan reports on the Google+ social network that The Daily Dot has published “[t]he first of my major #Libertarian policy articles for my California gubernatorial run.”

Titled “Why aging is a disease,” with the teaser “The future of Libertarianism could be radically different,” the piece argues that aging, disease and other “natural” ills are no less violations of the non-aggression principle than is human initiation of force:

A challenge has recently been posed to the non-aggression principle. The thorny question libertarian transhumanists are increasingly asking in the 21st century is: Are so-called natural acts or occurrences immoral if they cause people to suffer? After all, taken to a logical philosophical extreme, cancer, aging, and giant asteroids arbitrarily crashing into the planet are all aggressive, forceful acts that harm the lives of humans.

13 thoughts on “Istvan: Aging is a disease

  1. Tony From Long Island

    wow . . . .that’s deep man . . .

    Taking the NAP to an insane level.

    I say that the wind violates the NAP because it caused me to tall and break my wrist.

    This is like the republican congressman who said we should tax the sun.

  2. Andy

    “Jill Pyeatt
    March 28, 2017 at 12:00
    I met Zoltan last month, and liked him very much. I’ll be watching his campaign with interest.”

    Do you think that he is “libertarian enough” to be a candidate for the Libertarian Party, particularly for a high level office like Governor?

  3. Dave

    Zoltan’s probably a bit of a dreamer (kook may be the less charitable term), but I am glad someone is thinking about these sort of issues. I’d probably have voted for him last year if he had been on the ballot.

  4. Jill Pyeatt

    Do you think that he is “libertarian enough” to be a candidate for the Libertarian Party, particularly for a high level office like Governor?

    I don’t know. I’m told by the state chair that he’s talked to Mr. Istvan and was told that he’d be revising his views to be more in line with the LP (or something like that). He definitely seemed sincere and non-crackpot when I met him. We’ll just have to see how things go.

  5. Jill Pyeatt

    Disclaimer: I haven’t read the article that Thomas linked to yet, since I’m at work and my employer has limited access (they must want me to work, or something–). I’ll read it when I get home.

  6. Tony From Long Island

    If someone has to “revise their views,” aren’t they a fraud?

    Sounds like something Andy would jump all over!

  7. Andy

    “Tony From Long Island
    March 28, 2017 at 15:28
    If someone has to ‘revise their views,’ aren’t they a fraud?

    Sounds like something Andy would jump all over!”

    They may be, unless the revision is what they really believe. If they are revising their stated positions just so Libertarians will support them, and they do not really believe the revisions, then yes, that is fraud.

    The flip side is that most people have honestly revised some of their issue stances during the course of their lives. I bet that few people in the Libertarian Party and movement started out their lives as libertarians.

    Having said this, I’d be leery of anyone who comes into a political party, immediately wants to run for office, especially a high level one, and then starts changing their positions to fits those of the party. It is possible that the transitions could be real, but it is also possible that the person is full of shit and just trying to get votes.

    All I can see is keep this stuff in mind, watch the campaign as it progresses, and judge for yourself.

  8. paulie

    I’m at work and my employer has limited access

    I thought you ran your own franchise…did you go to work for someone else?

  9. Zoltan Istvan

    Hi, Thanks for your comments. For those wondering about my loyalties, here’s my timeline. In 2009, I began working on “The Transhumanist Wager”, my bestselling libertarian novel (published 2013) that has now been compared to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged at least 500 times in reviews. So, with that in mind, you can understand I’ve been thinking these libertarian and free market thoughts for quite a while. The Fountainhead has been my favorite book for about 20 years.

    In 2014, I began a presidential run with a science oriented political party that I started but had no official membership, just supporters. To me it didn’t make much sense to run for the Libertarian Party at the time, since I really had no shot at winning and was originally out to spread transhumanism, and not win an election (as I mentioned endlessly in media). In 2015, I interviewed to be Gary Johnson’s running mate when he invited me to do so, but he chose Gov. Bill Weld in the end. However, I’ve belonged to the Libertarian Party since then. I wrote quite a few positive articles about Gary J. during his campaign, too, which you can easily google. I voted for myself, however.

    In 2017, I began my CA Governor run as a Libertarian. I talked to state and national party leaders before I did so, and I’ve made an effort not to ruffle feathers. But I am a visible public figure (whether I’m running for office or not), and I am known for trying to break the mold. I look forward to continuing to expand Libertarian philosophy in a positive way. Thank you for considering to support me!

    PS. This is my opening Libertarian article too of my Governor run:

  10. Jill Pyeatt

    Paulie, I am an independent contractor, but I lease my computer system from State Farm, and they maintain some control over where I can go on the Internet. They also maintain a fairly strong firewall as far as things coming in.

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