Candidate Profile: Brent Reitze
Candidacy Withdrawn on May 22, 2019
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This profile features candidate Brent Reitze.
Candidate Name: Brent Reitze
Contact E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaign Slogan: The Right Choice for a Shining Future
Candidacy Withdrawn on May 22, 2019
Discuss your background and why you think it would render you an effective President of the United States.
I am a DC Native, the son of a Library of Congress Attorney from New Jersey and an Emergency Room Nurse from Mexico. I attended Northern Virginia Community College before marrying my longtime love and joining the US Army, serving nearly a decade while also attending University of Maryland University College (UMUC). My background has given me glimpses of all walks of life, from those living day to day or on the streets of DC to those enjoying wealth and success in its suburbs, from its hard-working civilians to its dedicated military. I’ve seen first-hand the struggles of the majority of the populace and will work to see those burdens lifted.
What do you consider to be the most important aspects of transhumanism and the kinds of impacts it should have upon the world?
My personal view of transhumanism is that it is not a new philosophy but a defining characteristic of what it means to be human. From the very beginning, being human meant to use our unique gifts to compensate for those we lacked. With ingenuity and perseverance we rose to build a mighty civilization on earth, and now we must continue to put those gifts to work to expand access to resources for everyone to reach their full potential.
What are the areas of the U.S. Transhumanist Party Platform that you identify most strongly with?
Section V and Section VIII – The changes in focus of policy to improvement of the human condition in terms of health and longevity.
What are, in your view, some of the major problems in contemporary American society? How can transhumanism aid in resolving those problems?
Just as technology has solved issues of scarcity in the past, it can continue to do so if given the right conditions to flourish and allow institutional change without society unduly suffering during the transition.
In your view, what aspects of contemporary American politics work well? What aspects of contemporary American politics are broken or malfunctioning?
The idea that all are welcome to become part of the democratic process to elect representatives to pursue their best interests is exactly as it should be. The issue that is malfunctioning is the process allowing proper voter participation and the mechanisms to allow voters to select the candidate they most agree will represent their interests. Changes need to be made to implement impartial voting districts, limit campaigning times, and remove the influence of money as a motivator from the representative’s official workload. (All should campaign on public funds – no more daily donor calling or lobbyist contributions – and pay should be tied to the country’s median wage.)
If elected President of the United States, what policy measures will you pursue?
- A global initiative to put the long-term well-being of citizens first through a system of shared scientific research and goals.
- A global moonshot project management system, so that the global population has immediate and short-term results to look forward to.
If elected President of the United States, what changes do you hope to achieve during your first term in office?
A shift in resources toward building America as the world leader in scientific research and global infrastructure progress. This shift would build up systems to support rapid prototyping, manufacturing, and rebuilding of aging and damaged infrastructure not just here but around the world, aiming towards a global transit and telecommunications network powered by renewable energy systems. To help implement it I would advocate for the creation of a Global Conservation Corps, a mix of military and civilian assets deployed around the world where needed to rapidly build up or repair infrastructure when needed. Doing so would allow us to spread our influence and power without the use of a global military force as China is currently doing.
What are your thoughts on the U.S. Constitution and its relevance and implications in the transhuman era? Are transhumanism and the current U.S. Constitution compatible?
They are most certainly compatible. Certain local laws need reviewing, but at this time I am not advocating for any changes to the Constitution, unless required for the aforementioned voting changes.
A Transhumanist campaign for President is primarily an educational endeavor. What are the key insights about which you would like to educate the public during your campaign? How would you like to educate them?
To be Human is to be Transhuman.
Given that a President would need to act on behalf of the interests of the entire population, with regard to members of the public who are either not transhumanists or may be implicit transhumanists (but may not be familiar with or use that term), what would make you an effective candidate for appealing to them and representing their interests?
As it is human to be Transhuman, I would focus on the technologies they are already using every day and how we can get them the resources to make better use of such technologies (e.g., broadband, computing power, medical corrective devices, healthy food, and medicine). Almost everyone has some technology they rely on, and ensuring they can rely on it without fear will be important to them.