Emergency 7-Day Exposure Period for Platform Vote #8 on COVID-19 Response Platform Proposals

Emergency 7-Day Exposure Period for Platform Vote #8 on COVID-19 Response Platform Proposals

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Gennady Stolyarov II


The U.S. Transhumanist Party (USTP) announces its upcoming emergency eighth Platform vote in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the extreme urgency of the situation, the duration of the exposure period shall be shortened to 7 days, and the duration of the voting period shall be shortened to 3 days.

Watch this special episode of the Debt Nation show, in which USTP Chairman Gennady Stolyarov II outlines the U.S. Transhumanist Party’s emergency proposals for responding to the COVID-19 epidemic. This episode also features analysis and commentary by host Steele Archer.

A vote will be scheduled on some or all of the items below once they have been exposed for at least 7 days. For each item, a 3-day voting period is expected to be opened at the earliest on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

During the exposure period, please post your comments on this thread. If you post comments intended to be considered in voting and/or amending any of these planks in any other electronic medium, please note that you thereby give your consent to have your comments reproduced with attribution or linked within this discussion thread, in order to direct members’ attention and consideration to them.

After the exposure period, a 3-day electronic voting period will occur. Instructions for electronic voting will be sent to members of the U.S. Transhumanist Party Party via e-mail at that time. All individuals who are members of the U.S. Transhumanist Party as of the end of the exposure period and who have expressed agreement with its three Core Ideals will be eligible to vote thereafter. You can still vote if you become a member during the exposure period, so please apply here if you are interested. During the 3-day electronic voting period, you will still be able to become a member – but you will only be able to vote in subsequent elections, since we seek for voting on any given issue to be done by those members who have had an opportunity to thoroughly consider that issue and be involved in deliberations regarding it.

Electronic voting will be conducted by a ranked-preference method if more than a single option is presented for the wording of a particular plank or segment of a plank. Members will be able to rank-order their preferred selections on each individual Platform Section. The original text of each Section will be available for selection, as well as any reasonable amendments proposed by any member. Leadership of the U.S. Transhumanist Party / Transhuman Party reserves the right to edit any proposed amendment for correctness of spelling and grammar. “No Section of this sort” will also be a choice, and any Section where a majority of votes favors this option will be not be adopted. Members will also be able to abstain from voting on any given Section.

The ranked-preference method has the advantage of eliminating a “winner-take-all” or “first-past-the-post” mentality and preventing people from being channeled into voting for sub-optimal choices (in their view) just because they fear an even less palatable alternative prevailing. Within the ranked-preference methodology, if no option obtains a clear majority as voters’ first choice, the option having the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated from consideration, and all those who voted for that option will have their votes assigned to their second-choice options. This process of elimination continues until one particular option has a clear majority of votes.

The U.S. Transhumanist Party encourages all members to participate in this process and for other transhumanists to sign up for membership during the exposure period. 

The Section titles below are provisional and will be replaced with official numbers for each plank that is adopted. The Section titles are informational only and will not be included in the adopted versions of the platform planks.


Section E8-A. Rapid Construction of Hospitals

Option E8-A-1. [Proposal for Rapid Construction of Permanent Hospitals] The United States Transhumanist Party advocates for rapid construction of hospitals to begin immediately throughout the United States, with one new hospital constructed for every 50,000 in population. Rapid construction techniques, pioneered in China during the COVID-19 outbreak, should be utilized in the United States to build new hospitals in 10 days or less. However, unlike the rapidly constructed Chinese hospitals, the new hospitals constructed in the United States should become permanent.

The United States Transhumanist Party advocates for immediately waiving any zoning restrictions and building codes that would in any manner delay, prevent, or interfere with such rapid construction of hospitals.

Once the new permanent hospitals have been established, the United States Transhumanist Party supports a mandate for these hospitals to remain open to patients and fully staffed in perpetuity, regardless of profitability or patient influx. After the COVID-19 outbreak subsides, the new hospitals would provide major additional capacity to respond to epidemics and also conduct research on fighting diseases, including biological aging.

After the construction of the new hospitals, the United States Transhumanist Party supports an indefinite obligation for the U.S. federal government to indefinitely remedy any shortfall in funds to a new hospital in order to prevent its closure. Any hospital receiving such federal assistance shall be limited in the charges it may impose for its services to 110% of the cost of providing such services.

The United States Transhumanist Party views a vast and permanent expansion of hospital capacity as a necessary component of a permanent reorientation of the economy and broader society toward the pursuit of improved public health and widespread life extension. The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the extent of the disruption and suffering that can occur if these goals are not made explicit and not supported by guaranteed allocations of resources immune from macroeconomic vicissitudes.

Option E8-A-2. [Proposal by Marlin Adams for Rapid Construction of Temporary Hospitals]

The United States Transhumanist Party advocates for rapid construction of temporary hospitals to begin immediately throughout the United States, with one new hospital constructed for every 50,000 in population. Rapid construction techniques, pioneered in China during the COVID-19 outbreak, should be utilized in the United States to build new hospitals in 10 days or less.

The United States Transhumanist Party advocates for immediately waiving any zoning restrictions and building codes that would in any manner delay, prevent, or interfere with such rapid construction of hospitals.

[Questions on Section E8-A will allow members to select any, all, or none of the ancillary provisions below, with any measure receiving a majority of the votes being included in the ultimately adopted plankThe ancillary provisions are compatible with each of the main options above.]

Ancillary Provision E8-A-i. [Based on Proposal by Martin van der Kroon] Architectural designs for the rapidly constructed hospitals should be prepared and updated as new and superior building techniques and technologies are developed.

Ancillary Provision E8-A-ii. [Based on Proposal by Jason Geringer] Architectural designs for the rapidly constructed hospitals should include plans for multi-purpose facilities for patient care and research, or protocols for how to flexibly convert patient-care facilities into research facilities and vice versa as the need arises.

Ancillary Provision E8-A-iii. [Based on Proposal by Sylvester Geldtmeijer] Architectural designs for the rapidly constructed hospitals should include separate entrances and generally separate facilities for patients infected with COVID-19 and all other patients, so as to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19 to hospital visitors who do not have it.

Ancillary Provision E8-A-iv. [Based on Proposal by Sylvester Geldtmeijer] The United States Transhumanist Party supports the construction and retrofit of buildings adjacent to the hospitals, which could be used for any of a variety of unrelated purposes in normal times, but which could rapidly be converted into hospital space in times of pandemics by means of features that enable easy customizability, modularity, and accessibility to patients and medical personnel.

Ancillary Provision E8-A-v. [Based on Proposal by Martin van der Kroon] While many unoccupied sites could be used as locations for the new hospitals, burial sites, especially native burial grounds, and other areas that have cultural or historical sensitive backgrounds should be avoided if possible. This is to prevent depriving native minorities of their ancestral legacies, as well as possible litigation afterward, which could lead to forceful closure of a hospital or medical facility after the emergency has subsided, leaving the situation with two losing sides.

Section E8-B. Emergency Universal Basic Income

Option E8-B-1. The United States Transhumanist Party supports for an immediate, universal, unconditional basic income of at least $1000 per month to be provided to every United States citizen for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, without regard for individuals’ means or other sources of income. The priority for this program should be to prevent massive and irreparable economic disruptions to the lives of Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Option E8-B-2. [Based on Suggestion by Marlin Adams to Extend UBI to the Immediate Aftermath of the Outbreak] The United States Transhumanist Party supports for an immediate, universal, unconditional basic income of at least $1000 per month to be provided to every United States citizen for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak and its immediate aftermath, without regard for individuals’ means or other sources of income. The priority for this program should be to prevent massive and irreparable economic disruptions to the lives of Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Section E8-C. Full Compensation of Affected Businesses and Workers

Option E8-C-1. In recognition of the severe, sudden, and often all-encompassing adverse economic impacts resulting from governmental measures taken to limit the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, and in the conviction that the principles of justice require that governmental policies – even if necessary, unavoidable, or beneficial on balance – not damage innocent parties without just compensation, the United States Transhumanist Party advocates for the United States federal government to take the following actions:

(i) Fully compensate all adversely affected businesses for all loss of income and property resulting from governmental measures taken to contain the COVID-19 epidemic; and

(ii) Fully compensate all individuals who lost their jobs or self-employment income, or suffered a reduction in working hours, as a result of governmental measures taken to contain the COVID-19 epidemic. This compensation shall be in addition to, and not a substitute for, the universal basic income received by those individuals.

[Questions on Section E8-C will allow members to select any, all, or none of the ancillary provisions below, with any measure receiving a majority of the votes being included in the ultimately adopted plankThe ancillary provisions are compatible with each of the main options above.]

Ancillary Provision E8-C-i. [Based on Proposal by Jason Geringer] The United States Transhumanist Party holds that any businesses receiving such compensation should be prohibited from engaging in buybacks of their own stocks.

Ancillary Provision E8-C-ii. The United States Transhumanist Party holds that any businesses receiving such compensation should be prohibited from increasing executive compensation if that compensation currently exceeds $500,000 per executive per year.

Section E8-D. Elimination of Bottlenecks at Airports

Option E8-D-1. In recognition that the recent screening bottlenecks at United States airports create situations of unacceptable crowding which further contribute to the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, the United States Transhumanist Party advocates for immediate and unconditional admittance through security checkpoints of all travelers currently waiting at airports in the United States. Such travelers may be required to subsequently undergo health screenings at other facilities within the United States within a certain period of time, as long as such screenings do not involuntarily place the individuals being screened in close physical proximity to one another.

Option E8-D-2. [Based on Proposal by Ophelia_Drowned to Remove Unconditional Admittance, Replace It with Admittance of the Vast Majority] In recognition that the recent screening bottlenecks at United States airports create situations of unacceptable crowding which further contribute to the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, the United States Transhumanist Party advocates for immediate admittance through security checkpoints of the vast majority travelers currently waiting at airports in the United States. Such travelers may be required to subsequently undergo health screenings at other facilities within the United States within a certain period of time, as long as such screenings do not involuntarily place the individuals being screened in close physical proximity to one another.

Section E8-E. Rapid Domestic Deployment of Military Personnel from Overseas

Option E8-E-1. The United States Transhumanist Party supports the recall of all United States military personnel from overseas stations as soon as possible and their deployment for the purpose of rapid hospital construction in the United States, as well as for providing rapid emergency aid and essential infrastructure improvements. Continued military presence abroad only unnecessarily exposes American troops to the risk of infection, while the expertise of American military personnel in crisis response is urgently needed within American borders.

Section E8-F. Rapid Research into Cures for COVID-19, Common Cold, and Influenza

Option E8-F-1. The United States Transhumanist Party supports the rapid research into effective cures and vaccines for COVID-19 and the harnessing of synergies from this research to also develop a cure for the common cold and more effective vaccination against influenza. Such research should proceed with no barriers, subject to the researchers’ expression of ethical intentions, and any regulations or processes that would delay the progress of such research should be immediately waived or repealed. In the effort to accelerate progress in this field, the United States Transhumanist Party advocates for an immediate $100 billion funding package for the rapid development of a COVID-19 vaccine, with all volunteers being accepted into human trials as soon as practicable.

Option E8-F-2. [Based on Suggestion by Marlin Adams for Government Funding and Ownership of the Cure and Its Free Distribution] The United States Transhumanist Party supports the rapid research into effective cures and vaccines for COVID-19 and the harnessing of synergies from this research to also develop a cure for the common cold and more effective vaccination against influenza. Such research should proceed with no barriers, subject to the researchers’ expression of ethical intentions, and any regulations or processes that would delay the progress of such research should be immediately waived or repealed. In the effort to accelerate progress in this field, the United States Transhumanist Party advocates for an immediate $100 billion funding package for the rapid development of a COVID-19 vaccine, with all volunteers being accepted into human trials as soon as practicable. The United States Transhumanist Party advocates for government funding and ownership of any cure for COVID-19, to be distributed free of charge to those infected with the virus.

Option E8-F-3. [Option Mentioning Free Distribution of the Cure for COVID-19 But No Mention of Nature of Ownership] The United States Transhumanist Party supports the rapid research into effective cures and vaccines for COVID-19 and the harnessing of synergies from this research to also develop a cure for the common cold and more effective vaccination against influenza. Such research should proceed with no barriers, subject to the researchers’ expression of ethical intentions, and any regulations or processes that would delay the progress of such research should be immediately waived or repealed. In the effort to accelerate progress in this field, the United States Transhumanist Party advocates for an immediate $100 billion funding package for the rapid development of a COVID-19 vaccine, with all volunteers being accepted into human trials as soon as practicable. The United States Transhumanist Party advocates for any cure for COVID-19 to be distributed free of charge to those infected with the virus.

Section E8-G. Emergency Funding Package for Anti-Aging Research

Option E8-G-1. Because biological aging is the number-one risk factor for mortality and severe complications from COVID-19 infections, as well as infections of virtually every sort, the United States Transhumanist Party emphasizes the importance of reversing biological aging as rapidly as possible and thereby protecting more lives from future pandemics. Accordingly, the United States Transhumanist Party advocates for an emergency $100 billion funding package for anti-aging research, to be immediately distributed to leading research organizations in the field which have in the past specifically identified the defeat and reversal of biological aging as their goals.

Option E8-G-2. [Suggestion by Mike DiVerde for a Permanent, Annual $100 Billion Funding Package.]  Because biological aging is the number-one risk factor for mortality and severe complications from COVID-19 infections, as well as infections of virtually every sort, the United States Transhumanist Party emphasizes the importance of reversing biological aging as rapidly as possible and thereby protecting more lives from future pandemics. Accordingly, the United States Transhumanist Party advocates for a permanent, annual $100 billion funding package for anti-aging research, to be immediately distributed to leading research organizations in the field which have in the past specifically identified the defeat and reversal of biological aging as their goals.

Section E8-H. Micropayments for Citizen-Science Initiatives

Option E8-H-1. The United States Transhumanist Party advocates for the immediate institution of a program of micropayments to everyone participating in citizen-science initiatives, such as Foldit, with the specific aim of developing cures or vaccines for COVID-19. Micropayments should be proportional to the amount of time and/or computing power spent contributing to any given initiative, with additional bounties provided for results with meaningful practical applications.

Section E8-I. Rapid 3D-Printing of Ventilator Components and Other Crucial Medical Equipment

Option E8-I-1. In response to the dire shortage of ventilator components and other crucial equipment in hospitals treating COVID-19 patients, the United States Transhumanist Party advocates for the rapid 3D-printing of additional components through both private and governmental initiatives, as well as the deployment of on-site 3D-printers in every hospital and medical clinic to enable the future production of such components on demand. Immediate bounties should be offered by federal, state, and local government to individuals and businesses capable of producing such components. Policy initiatives should empower individuals and communities to explore the suitability of alternative manufacturing processes to produce needed parts and equipment to deal with the crisis.

Section E8-J. Refocusing of the Education System toward Remote Learning

Option E8-J-1. The United States Transhumanist Party advocates for an immediate allowance for remote learning to satisfy the completion or graduation requirements of all K-12 schools and all publicly funded colleges and universities indefinitely going forward. Not only is physical proximity not necessary for effective learning in light of rapidly advancing technologies allowing immersive interaction at a distance, but the encouragement of remote learning also allows individuals more flexibility in advancing at their own pace and focusing on subjects and skill sets which result in the greatest fulfillment and most improved life prospects. The United States Transhumanist Party advocates for the maximal adoption of diverse homeschooling approaches throughout the United States, suited to the individual aptitudes, preferences, and learning styles of students.

[A question on Section E8-J will allow members to select or reject the following ancillary provision being included in the ultimately adopted plankThe ancillary provision is compatible with the main option above.]

Ancillary Provision E8-J-i. [Based on Proposal by Marlin Adams]

The United States Transhumanist Party also supports refocusing the education system on producing the goods and services necessary to maintain United States independence, including vocational studies in electricity, metalwork, ceramics, auto mechanics, graphic arts, and coding in the classroom.

Section E8-K. Mandatory Free Housing of the Homeless

Option E8-K-1. In recognition that unsanitary living conditions are a primary cause of the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, the United States Transhumanist Party supports the immediate and mandatory housing of the homeless, achieved by means of the rapid construction of tiny homes, including 3D-printed homes, without regard for building codes or zoning regulations, which must be immediately waived to allow such construction.

Every homeless individual discovered by local authorities would be required to move into a separate small home free of monetary cost and would be granted free conditional title to the home. The conditions of the title would be that the new homeowner would be obligated to perform litter-cleanup and other community-service duties for a specified time period per day under supervision, until and unless he or she is able to find different or better housing independently. The new housing communities would be subject to actively enforced covenants and restrictions prohibiting alcohol and recreational drugs. Such prohibitions will have the side benefit of transitioning the homeless toward meaningful social participation and useful work.

Section E8-L. Rapid Training for Medical Personnel

Option E8-L-1. The United States Transhumanist Party supports establishing a rapid three-month training and certification program for hundreds of thousands medical personnel specifically for responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and other pandemics. While the newly trained medical practitioners would not be full-fledged medical doctors, they would be provided with fundamental knowledge of epidemiology, first aid, sanitary practices, and patient care, including the operation of the devices used to assist severely ill patients. This would greatly supplement the available personnel to respond effectively to the COVID-19 outbreak and also anticipate future pandemics. The new COVID-19 medical responders would be compensated generously and selected from among high-performing students and other populations with demonstrated competence and aptitude for learning. For any first responders with student loans, those loans would be forgiven in exchange for a commitment to serve until the COVID-19 pandemic is eradicated. Those medical responders who remain in their positions afterward will receive continuous training on effective pandemic response so as to be in a superior position to anticipate, prevent, and mitigate future outbreaks.

Section E8-M. Universal Free COVID-19 Testing

Option E8-M-1. The United States Transhumanist Party supports the immediate deployment of as many COVID-19 diagnostic tests as possible to the general population, with the aim of achieving universal testing of every American, even those without symptoms, free of charge. Universal testing is necessary to understand the true prevalence of COVID-19 infections and the proportion of serious cases and fatalities relative to actual total cases, not merely reported cases. This would enable a true understanding of the extent of the epidemic’s spread as well as how the rates of serious complications and death compare to the common cold and influenza. The United States Transhumanist Party supports generous aid to both private and governmental research teams working in parallel on developing effective testing kits and approaches, particularly those which do not require large numbers of people to congregate.

[A question on Section E8-M will allow members to select or reject the following ancillary provision being included in the ultimately adopted plankThe ancillary provision is compatible with the main option above.]

Ancillary Provision E8-M-i. [Based on Proposal by Sylvester Geldtmeijer]

The United States Transhumanist Party also advocates for COVID-19 testing kits to be developed that could result in test being self-administered by individuals in their own homes and then mailed to laboratories for evaluation. This would minimize the physical contact of individuals being tested with medical practitioners and other patients.

Section E8-N. Establishment of Facilities to Store Essential Supplies

Section E8-N-1. [Based on Proposal by Martin van der Kroon] The United States Transhumanist Party advocates for the establishment of facilities, such as warehouses, where essential supplies are temporarily stored in large quantities in case of emergencies such as COVID-19. Distributors would supply to these warehouses a large surplus of essential goods, and hospitals, medical research facilities, pharmaceutical companies, and other medical organizations would get their normal supplies, including masks, soap, hand-sanitizer, and common device components, from there in the event of any shortages. In case of an epidemic there will be enough supplies on hand to provide such institutions for a prolonged period of time.

[A question on Section E8-N will allow members to select or reject the following ancillary provision being included in the ultimately adopted plankThe ancillary provision is compatible with the main option above.]

Ancillary Provision E8-N-i. [Based on Proposal by Sylvester Geldtmeijer] The essential supplies stored by such facilities would include ready-made hazmat suits that could be distributed to both medical practitioners and the population at large in the event of a highly contagious disease outbreak, along with clear and layperson-friendly instructions of how to put on and use the hazmat suits effectively.

Section E8-O. Collaboration with Other Nations on Pandemic Response

Section E8-O-1. [Based on Proposal by Martin van der Kroon] The United States Transhumanist Party holds that, as a pro-active measure, the United States should spearhead an initiative to collaborate with other wealthy nations, or by means of the World Health Organization (WHO), to set up a financial and material package of supplies and infrastructure to be deployed anywhere in the world in case a pathogen is found that needs to rapidly be contained in a foreign nation. This could be particularly important if the origin country is one that cannot itself manage to contain the outbreak due to poverty or lack of resources. This could help prevent a pathogen from ever coming to the United States.

A committee or part of an existing office should research and collaborate with other nations to learn and establish best or improved practices and update emergency plans accordingly. Likewise such collaborative efforts could establish which practices are not effective and remove those accordingly.

Section E8-P. Creation of Packages of Emergency Medical Supplies

Section E8-P-1. [Based on Proposal by Martin van der Kroon] The United States Transhumanist Party supports efforts by the federal government to begin an initiative in collaboration with businesses to create packages of emergency medical supplies, akin to a first-aid kit box, for civilians to buy for an affordable price, and offered for free to those who fall below the poverty line. Such a package could include advanced face masks, hand-sanitizer, soap, latex gloves, and other important items for effective epidemic response. The kit should come with clear instructions on how and when to use it, as well as instructions regarding self-quarantining and the express notice that the kit should not be re-sold, because the health and safety of everyone depends on the maximum number of people participating. This advance provision of response kits would have the effects of lowering the pressure on supply when there is an emergency and enabling people to be better prepared from the start, thus immediately limiting the spread of a pathogen.

Section E8-Q. Educational Programs on Epidemics

Section E8-Q-1. [Based on suggestion by Martin van der Kroon]

The United States Transhumanist Party supports the inclusion of education on epidemic crises in the curricula of schools. Science-based instruction on key attributes of epidemics and pandemics, historical instances, and effective responses could be incorporated within related courses, such as biology.

Section E8-R. Repeal of “Certificate of Need” Laws

Section E8-R-1. The United States Transhumanist Party supports the immediate and complete repeal of all “certificate of need” laws, which currently, in many jurisdictions, prohibit the construction of new hospitals or the expansion of capacity of existing hospitals, unless “need” is demonstrated using arbitrary criteria overseen by incumbents within the hospital industry. “Certificate of need” laws are entirely deleterious and have no redeeming features of any sort. They constitute pure protectionism for the incomes of incumbents, at the expense of available and affordable health care, especially in times of increased strain, such as pandemics.

Section E8-S. Patentless Development of Vaccines

Section E8-S-1. [Based on suggestion by Sylvester Geldtmeijer]

The United States Transhumanist Party supports the development of vaccines under conditions that do not afford patents to the developers but instead compensate the developers in the form of bounties for safe, effective vaccines and their rapid production and deployment. Patents, as grants of exclusive monopoly privilege for as long as twenty years, operate to limit the supply of a vaccine and render it artificially expensive. Bounties and other forms of compensation based on production and distribution of vaccines would be better aligned with the urgent public interest in those vaccines’ rapid availability to the general population.

Section E8-T. Utilization of Robots to Assist Patients and Vulnerable Individuals

Section E8-T-1. [Based on suggestion by Sylvester Geldtmeijer]

The United States Transhumanist Party supports the deployment of robots and automated systems wherever possible to assist COVID-19 patients and individuals who are at greater risk for serious complications from COVID-19. These systems could include autonomous vehicles, food-delivery robots and drones, and production robots in as many industries as possible to reduce the human presence in factories while continuing to manufacture many goods necessary for human life and well-being.

Section E8-U. Abolition of the Food and Drug Administration and Its Replacement with a Radical Life Extension Administration

Section E8-U-1. [Based on suggestion by J. Ben Zion and Gennady Stolyarov II]

Given the extreme delays, bottlenecks, and expenses created by the mandatory approval processes on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Transhumanist Party supports abolishing the FDA and replacing it with a Radical Life Extension Administration (RLEA), whose mandate would be to prioritize the rapid development of potential disease cures, treatments, and vaccines – including any possible cures or vaccines for COVID-19, as well as treatments to mitigate and reverse the disease of biological aging, the major risk factor for COVID-19. The RLEA would allow the marketing and collection of patient data on any potential cure, treatment, or vaccine which has passed affordable safety testing at a reasonably acceptable threshold.

21 thoughts on “Emergency 7-Day Exposure Period for Platform Vote #8 on COVID-19 Response Platform Proposals

  1. Some suggestions:
    The US should establish facilities (warehouses) where essential supplies are temporarily stored in large quantities in case of emergencies such as Covid19. Distributors would basically supply to these warehouses with a large surplus, and hospitals, medical research facilities, pharmaceutical companies etc. would get their normal supplies from there.
    In case of an epidemic there will be enough supplies on hand to provide such institutions for a prolonged period of time.
    Here we can think of: masks, soap, hand-sanitizer, and so on.

    The federal government can start an initiative with businesses to create packages of emergency medical supplies (akin to a first aid kit box) for civilians to buy for an affordable price, and for free to those who fall below the poverty line. Such a package could include PPF3 (or 4… but that’s more expensive) masks, hand-sanitizer, soap, latex gloves, and whatever other items are important. It should come with clear instructions on how and when to use it as well as instructions regarding self-quarantining and such, and the express notice that it should not be re-sold (especially if it’s a PPF4 mask) because the health and safety of everyone depends on the maximum number of people participating.
    This has two effects: it can lower the pressure on the supply when there is an emergency, and 2; people are better prepared from the start, thus immediately starting the limiting of a pathogen.

    As a pro-active measure: The US could spearhead an initiative, to collaborate with other wealthy nations, or by means of the WHO, to set up a financial and material package of supplies in case a pathogen is found that needs to rapidly be contained in a foreign nation. This could be particularly important if the origin country is one that cannot itself manage to contain it due to poverty or lack of resources. This could help prevent a pathogen from ever coming to the US.

    As for emergency hospitals; architectural designs should be prepared, and updated as new, and superior building techniques and technologies are developed.
    I think burial sites, especially native burial grounds, and other areas that have cultural or historical sensitive backgrounds should be avoided if possible. This to prevent native minorities from having more of their ancestry being taken away, and possible litigation afterwards which could lead to forceful closure of a hospital or medical facility after the emergency has subsided, leaving it with two losing sides.

    Adding to the education part; just as there were drills regarding nuclear bombs during the cold war, just as there are fire-safety drills in schools and offices, perhaps education on epidemic crisis’s should be part of the curriculum of schools. This doesn’t have to be in the form of drills, but could be taught as part of related classes, say biology.

    In case of an epidemic/pandemic emergency, a system should be in place that can track the movement of individuals by means of them checking into buildings (supermarkets, apartment complexes, doctor’s offices, hospitals, workplaces, etc.) by scanning QR-codes.
    I know this will likely be very unpopular, as the suspicions of the government tracking people will be ever present, but it provides essential information about the potential spread of a pathogen by knowing who might have come into contact with an infected individual and as such it will be easier to quarantine, and thus contain the pathogens.
    The data may of course only be used for this specific purpose, and afterwards only be used for research purposes to specifically study the spread of a pathogen, for example, whether the spread happens more through work environments, schools, day-cares, hospitals etc, in order to further improve limiting the spread of a pathogen in the future.

    A committee or part of an existing office should research and collaborate with other nations to learn and establish best or improved practices, and update emergency plans accordingly. Likewise it can establish practices that aren’t effective, and thus remove those.

    Under such special circumstances I think it’s important that the government can act accordingly and without the public fearing the power that it wields in order to accomplish this, as it has a responsibility to the country and the people it serves. This requires trust from the public in the government, but this trust is obviously something that has to be earned by a government acting responsible towards its people, not only in times of crisis but especially in normal times.
    The USTP has numerous planks regarding government responsibility and accountability.

    1. I suggest an alternative version of Section E8-G, which replaces the term “emergency” with “permanent annual”. This goal requires constant and high level funding to achieve success. For comparison, Defense Department annual funding is $700B, and it would be required to close bases around the globe to provide the annual $100B anti-aging funding.

      Section E8-G. Emergency Funding Package for Anti-Aging Research

      Option E8-G-2.

      Because biological aging is the number-one risk factor for mortality and severe complications from COVID-19 infections, as well as infections of virtually every sort, the United States Transhumanist Party emphasizes the importance of reversing biological aging as rapidly as possible and thereby protecting more lives from future pandemics. Accordingly, the United States Transhumanist Party advocates for a permanent, annual $100 billion funding package for anti-aging research, to be immediately distributed to leading research organizations in the field which have in the past specifically identified the defeat and reversal of biological aging as their goals.

      1. Mike Diverde, thank you for your suggestion. Option E8-G-2 has been incorporated into the set of options displayed within the post for the exposure period.

        Sincerely,
        Gennady Stolyarov II
        Chairman, United States Transhumanist Party

    2. Greetings, Martin van der Kroon.

      I have included all of your suggestions as proposals (see the ancillary language possibilities for Section E8-A, as well as Sections E8-N, E8-O, E8-P, and E8-Q), with the exception of the patient-tracking system. I am not necessarily averse to exposing that idea for additional public discussion at a later time, but I think that, because of the emergency nature of this exposure period (where the opportunity for discussion and voting exists but is abbreviated), we generally need to focus on proposals that, while ambitious, do not run the risk of causing controversy because of their impact on civil liberties. If there is to be some manner of tracking for epidemiological purposes, I think it merits a longer discussion regarding how it would be implemented to minimize potential infringements, as well as a debate over whether or not the benefits outweigh the costs. But we will have the opportunity to have these conversations in the future.

      Thank you as always for your thoughtful contributions, which help to enhance our Platform with an abundance of available solutions.

      Sincerely,
      Gennady Stolyarov II
      Chairman, United States Transhumanist Party

  2. Thank you for the leadership.
    First and foremost, a Debt Jubilee for all debts incurred during the crisis. When it’s over, people, landlords, store owners, utilities, etc., should be at Zero.
    A. replace “Permanent” with “Temporary”. We in the US have more than enough hospital facilities. The population isn’t going to be permanently disabled.
    B. UBI Stipend of $1k per month for American adults for the duration of the crisis and it’s immediate aftermath.
    C. Small biz loans to help build up inventories, pay suppliers and to reimburse for wages paid during shutdown
    D. Shutdown airports while crisis is raging
    E. We don’t need military in the streets. We already have a militarized police force. There should never be military in the streets absence social chaos (which doesn’t include insurrection against the Oligarchy).
    F. Government funding and ownership of a cure to be disbursed without cost to sick people
    G. Nothing to do with the crisis. Is a particularly 1% concern.
    H. Government should not be involved with Citizen Scientist
    I. Empowering the Community to explore the suitability of Alternative Manufacturing processes to produce needed parts and equipment to deal with the crisis.
    J. Refocus the education system on producing the goods and services necessary to maintain US independence. Bring back vocational studies in Electricity, Metalwork, Ceramics, Auto Mechanics, Graphic Arts; with the addition of Coding in the Classroom.
    K. Anti-Hoarding regulations in the Coastal Cities to stem the financialization of the right to housing. Preventing Hedgefunds and other corporate entities from buying large swaths of rental units.

    1. Greetings, Penny Hart. Each member will be able to vote for or against any individual proposal or propose variations in wordings. The latter is indeed the purpose of the exposure period!

      Sincerely,
      Gennady Stolyarov II
      Chairman, United States Transhumanist Party

    2. I will point out, however, that even establishment political figures, such as Donald Trump, Steve Mnuchin, and Mitt Romney are warming up to the idea of a UBI and contemplating even larger amounts than the $1,000 previously advocated by Andrew Yang – at least as one-time payments, but they will need to become recurring if the economic disruptions become sustained.

      Sincerely,
      Gennady Stolyarov II
      Chairman, United States Transhumanist Party

  3. Things in favor for:
    E8- A, B, C, [E], F, H, I, J, K
    *Comment for E: Even if US troops were to leave overseas for the purpose of lessening the spread of the virus, we must ensure that other countries prioritize the health and safety of their citizens. Humans are human regardless of their origins.

    Unsure:
    E9- D
    One must remember that even in chaos their must be order. Bottlenecks at airports are an issue, but within this world lies people who are willing to make an already terrible situation worse. “Unconditional” may be too radical here.

    E8- G
    I think anti-aging research should be a top priority on it’s own, and receive the same – if not more – attention then COVID-19.

  4. So, this is likely not for the current vote session, but generally something to consider.

    In many cases the USTP is way ahead of the curve in terms of considering developments, such as technology, health, rights, etc. Being pro-active.

    But in this instance we too find ourselves in a situation where we too have to act reactive because we didn’t think of this eventuality.

    As such, it might be wise to start thinking of other such circumstances where we can come up with solutions beforehand.

    some examples;
    -floods/ tsunamis
    – hurricanes
    – earthquakes
    – droughts
    – oil spills
    – sudden ground/ water pollution

    Whatever else can be considered a national emergency to deal with.

  5. I thought the United States Transhumanist Party, especially after the renaming exercise by which name USTP was favourably voted and adopted, goes beyond the United States and is global in reach.

    However, the responses I see
    proposed here: Rapid Construction of Permanent Hospitals, Emergency Universal Basic Income, Rapid Domestic Deployment of Military Personnel from Overseas, Refocusing of the Education System Towards Remote Learning, all portray as their sole concern the United States homeland and its citizens. In this case, if I am to vote as a member of the USTP in Nigeria (as all members are encouraged to), what would I possibly and practically be voting for? Shouldn’t the responses advocated for by the USTP rather seize the opportunity of a global pandemic to reflect the party’s cosmopolitanism by calling for and supporting the rapid construction of hospitals, the extension of UBI, and the deployment of e-learning technologies worldwide, especially to less developed societies of the world where much of these interventions (in finance, infrastructure, treatment and information) would be critically needed to support their battle against COVID19?

    I humbly opine that the USTP should consider reformulating and expanding the concerns of these proposals before voting commence.

    1. Yes, I agree. This is also why I made a series of suggestions that would both better prepare the US, and through this more potential options to help others that might need it due to the system not being overloaded. This next to having a systems in place to directly help other nations that can’t deal with it themselves, to support them and help limit the spread, including to the US.

  6. A massive return of military (and their families) from overseas is probably more dangerous than keeping them there. Not to mention an expensive logistical nightmare. Many overseas assignments are in countries with far superior health systems than ours (Germany, Japan for example) and I would rather see joint health efforts there than bring everyone here.

    1. R. Nicholas Starr – Americans spend far more, every year, paying for overseas military bases than it would cost to bring them home – once. “The Department of Defense Comptroller’s Office estimates the total cost of overseas bases and deployments at US$24.4 billion in fiscal year 2020.”

  7. Yes, I agree. This is also why I made a series of suggestions that would both better prepare the US, and through this more potential options to help others that might need it due to the system not being overloaded. This next to having a systems in place to directly help other nations that can’t deal with it themselves, to support them and help limit the spread, including to the US.

  8. Please note: based on suggestions from the members on this thread, as well as commentators elsewhere, additional proposals have been included for discussion within the main post:

    Section E8-L. Rapid Training for Medical Personnel
    Section E8-M. Universal Free COVID-19 Testing
    Section E8-N. Establishment of Facilities to Store Essential Supplies
    Section E8-O. Collaboration with Other Nations on Pandemic Response
    Section E8-P. Creation of Packages of Emergency Medical Supplies
    Section E8-Q. Educational Programs on Epidemics

    Also, Section E8-A on rapid hospital construction now has two ancillary wording possibilities for consideration.

    Sincerely,
    Gennady Stolyarov II
    Chairman, United States Transhumanist Party

  9. We want longevity for all, but no free shelter, if you have a habit.

    It’s the most desperate spread in our midst, that are most at risk to spread pandemics.

    We could put on cards, relief vouchers as a reward for testing. We could quarter them at hotels, for now.

    Means-testing, or lifestyle-testing as conditions for emergency relief is harsh, and bogs down the speed of the whole system.

    Group psyche can be affected by such harsh measures.
    Perhaps we might find ways to make group psyche more resilient through telepresence.

  10. A: Agree but would need an in depth plan for making the new constructions able to be used for research after. I’m not sure hospitals and research facilities are compatible. It would need to be explained in simple terms.
    C: Will need common sense assurances against stock buy back and other such obvious things, but yes cannot wait.
    E: Is a military tactical decision with national security issues and would need much careful planning and discussion by those familiar with the art of war not only in today’s terms, but in what terms will likely be in the future. So not something that should be done in haste.
    G: I agree, but it seems to be a hard sell as an emergency.( not for me) I would feel better about it if it could be presented more in context to the current situation.
    K: Needs much discussion, due to the addition of the drug issue. The drug issue needs an entire comprehensive plan itself.
    The rest: Yes and should have much additional discussion for taking them even further.
    P.S. : In regards to making global policy- Although i share the vision of many here for a global policy, we must remain aware of the reality in regards to the state of U.S. Politics at this time. I would encourage caution, and clear distinction in regards to U.S. policy and global policy. Not from a position of nationalistic pride, but from a position of common sense, and recognition of the widespread nationalism in the U.S. at this time.

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