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Transhumanists Disavow Zoltan Istvan Candidacy for US Presidency

95 Signatures Goal: 100

We are Transhumanists, and we disavow Zoltan Istvan's candidacy for President of the United States.

We also disavow the nominal Transhumanist Party USA, so long as it cowers under authoritarian control, so long as it denies the diversity of Transhumanist values, and so long as it mongers unnecessary hostility toward others.

We support the Transhumanist Declaration, which reads: "Policy making ought to be guided by responsible and inclusive moral vision, taking seriously both opportunities and risks, respecting autonomy and individual rights, and showing solidarity with and concern for the interests and dignity of all people around the globe."

The positions and actions of Zoltan Istvan and his political party are not consistent with the Transhumanist Declaration. They are not inclusive. They do not show solidarity with or concern for the interests and dignity of all.

We are Transhumanists, and we disavow all political parties and candidates that would falsely or narrowly represent us.

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Highlights

October 12
Amon Twyman: "Zoltan Istvan is a good communicator and populariser, but unfortunately he has an autocratic tendency to decide policy on a whim himself, without actually consulting the Transhumanist Party he claims to represent. Moreover, his views are profoundly and deliberately offensive to a significant proportion of bona fide long-time Transhumanists. This explicit rejection of democracy is unacceptable, and a bad advertisement for Transhumanist values."
October 12
Transhumanist Party Global: "Zoltan Istvan does not speak for the Transhumanist Party" https://transhumanistparty.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/zoltan-istvan-does-not-speak-for-the-transhumanist-party/
October 3
Danila Medvedev: "I oppose simulacra and cargo cult initiatives. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Doing something doomed to failure (not just in not winning the Presidency, but also in failing to attract positive attention, build the organization, etc.) should generally be avoided. It was clear to me from day 1 (after reading Zoltan's semi-autobiographical book) that he is unrealistic and believes in too many miracles for an atheist. Deus Ex is a good topic for a transhumanist computer game, but deus ex machine is a bad political or business strategy tool. The Russian Transhumsnist Movement has always tried to avoid wasting efforts and resources on dead ends and the results are very encouraging. Anyone who promises shortcuts and quick results should be treated critically. And in case those shortcuts are obvious and naïve ideas then outright disavowed. Hence I sign this petition happily that the community have started to realize the situation after a brief honeymoon with Zoltan is over. :) About me: One of the co-founders of the Russian Transhumanist Movement and the first Director of KrioRus cryonics company."
October 3
Natasha Vita-More: "I value the history of our shared values and the highly informative and eloquent values of Transhumanist Thinking. Transhumanism is the only worldview that offers both critical thinking and visionary insights into the future of humankind. Our aim is to be inclusive - to foster the knowledge and experience of our peers, to question our own assumptions, and strive to be more humane in the coming years as we merge more and more with technological devices and begin to reverse aging and redefine the meaning of life and death."
October 2
The Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Benek: "I oppose Istvan's candidacy for the reasons previously stated in my widely published June 13 2015 article: A vote for The U.S. Transhumanist Party Presidential candidate Is a Vote For Tyranny. Transhumanism can be (and is) better than the bigotry that Zoltan is advocating. People must not confuse Zoltan's personal charm and the publicity that he offers with ethical behavior. To not acknowledge the severity of the mistreatment by Zoltan Istvan towards others is to further dehumanize those he is mistreating. It is time for a better kind of transhumanism - a transhumanism that is truly H+ - a transhumanism that is for the betterment of all of humanity." http://www.christopherbenek.com/?p=4417
October 2
Lincoln Cannon: "Transhumanists should disavow Zoltan Istvan's candidacy" http://lincoln.metacannon.net/2015/10/transhumanists-should-disavow-zoltan.html
October 1
Adam Ford: "While I think Zoltan is an interesting character, I don't think he represents most transhumanists values well. There needs to be a better balance between a) spotlight grabbing/publicity stunts/self promotion b) compassionate inclusivity and c) due diligence in representing the public perception of transhumanism in a prudent and respectful manner. IMO Zoltan doesn't seem to listen enough or want to act as a participant but instead seems to want to use transhumanism as a vehicle for self-aggrandizement."
October 1
Max More: "I think that Zoltan is not representing transhumanism accurately or with good information. I have serious doubts about a Party approach -- rather than working through policy institutes, etc. And I've seen some evidence that this US Transhumanist Party is neither inclusive nor accurate."
September 30
We are now live!
  • Michael Phillips
    Michael Phillips United States, Olympia
    Jan 08, 2016
    1
    Jan 08, 2016
    about time
  • David Neely
    David Neely United States, Kingsport
    Jan 08, 2016
    1
    Jan 08, 2016
    Zoltan is a great promoter of Zoltan. He is attempting to use his personal positions as representative of all Transhumanist. In addition, I find the antagonistic undertones to his writings to be unproductive.
  • Kale
    Kale United States, Redding
    Dec 04, 2015
    1
    Dec 04, 2015
    He's a con artist basically. With a weird bus.
  • Ecuckiel Sheckelstein
    Ecuckiel Sheckelstein United States, Troy
    Oct 31, 2015
    Oct 31, 2015
    we dont want your antichrist system
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    Robert Goodwin United States
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    Michael Phillips United States
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    David Neely United States
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    Kale United States
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    Shannon Vyff United States
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    Ecuckiel Sheckelstein United States
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    Maxim Grunewald United Kingdom
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    Travis Leland (TJL-2080) United States
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    Matthew United States
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    L'Ordre United Kingdom
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    nildicit United States
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    Eray Ozkural Turkey
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    Amon Twyman United Kingdom
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    Ardian T. India
    9 months ago
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    Kristi Pinguli Italy
    9 months ago
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