Jon Schattke – Candidate in the 2019 U.S. Transhumanist Party / Transhuman Party Presidential Primary

Jon Schattke – Candidate in the 2019 U.S. Transhumanist Party / Transhuman Party Presidential Primary

The U.S. Transhumanist Party / Transhuman Party Electronic Primary concluded on October 1, 2019, with Johannon Ben Zion winning the USTP’s endorsement for President of the United States. Full results can be found here. This candidate profile remains on the USTP website for historical and informational purposes only.

The U.S. Transhumanist Party / Transhuman Party (USTP) had asked all of its declared candidates for its 2019 Presidential Primary to answer the same essential questions so as to inform the USTP membership of the candidates’ stances on key issues and provide each USTP member the opportunity to make an informed decision, including through comparisons of the candidates’ answers.

This profile features candidate Jon Schattke.

Candidate Name: Jon Schattke

Contact E-mail Address: jmschattke@aim.com

Campaign Slogan: Free your immortality.

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The U.S. Transhumanist Party / Transhuman Party Electronic Primary concluded on October 1, 2019, with Johannon Ben Zion winning the USTP’s endorsement for President of the United States. Full results can be found here. This candidate profile remains on the USTP website for historical and informational purposes only.

Discuss your background and why you think it would render you an effective President of the United States.

I am an entrepreneur, engineer, and scientist. I have extensive experience in understanding complex problems and achieving unique solutions.

What do you consider to be the most important aspects of transhumanism and the kinds of impacts it should have upon the world?

Freeing the human body and mind of the limits of life in processing ability and durability is the most important aspect. Transhumanism should help all sentients to achieve the most vibrant life they can, and to continue it as long as they wish.

What are the areas of the U.S. Transhumanist Party Platform that you identify most strongly with?   

Section VIII, freeing science, is the core of the ideal. I appreciate the many aspects which focus on individual freedom as a path to prosperity.

What are, in your view, some of the major problems in contemporary American society? How can transhumanism aid in resolving those problems?

The greatest problems are caused by propaganda stirring up hatred. I think the platform planks which would collapse the warfare/surveillance state will aid in the propaganda stopping.

In your view, what aspects of contemporary American politics work well? What aspects of contemporary American politics are broken or malfunctioning?

I think the state referendum process is an effective political measure. I think the gerrymandering of districts breaks the community continuity which makes representative democracy great.

If elected President of the United States, what policy measures will you pursue?

Radical downsizing of the Federal Government.

If elected President of the United States, what changes do you hope to achieve during your first term in office? 

Ending foreign wars and closing foreign bases, restricting the FDA and drug war, returning power to the states for education, reworking social security to a sustainable system.

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?

I think the U.S. Constitution is a very good document, except for the patent protection bits. I think Transhumanism is compatible, and would be actually encouraged by a strictly interpreted U.S. Constitution.

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?

I would like to showcase the technologies which the FDA and patents have slowed; and many cases where it stopped health innovation.

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?

Peace first, and I would share the vision of prosperity through continued effective innovation from our most efficient and experienced societal members.