Introduction by U.S. Transhumanist Party Chairman Gennady Stolyarov II
Post by Martin van der Kroon
Zoltan Istvan, founder of the United States Transhumanist Party, discusses his 2016 Presidential campaign, his Immortality Bus tour, and his ambitions to spread the ideas of the transhumanist movement and forward the goal of defeating death. Zoltan delivered this speech at RAAD Fest 2017 in San Diego on August 11, 2017, as part of the panel entitled “Advocating for the Future”. He was introduced by the current U.S. Transhumanist Party Chairman, Gennady Stolyarov II.
Mark O’Connell of the New York Times Magazine has written a feature-length story about Zoltan Istvan’s 2015 Immortality Bus tour, entitled “600 Miles in a Coffin-Shaped Bus, Campaigning Against Death Itself”. One noteworthy excerpt discusses the Transhumanist Party’s opposition to the unacceptable existential risk of nuclear war – a stance that the U.S. Transhumanist Party has strongly reaffirmed during its first platform vote in January 2017.
Mr. O’Connell writes of Zoltan Istvan’s 2015 protest against nuclear weapons:
Just past the security checkpoint at the entrance to the facility, there was a kind of open-air munitions exhibit that featured a squat replica of the Fat Man, along with dozens of other decommissioned rockets and bombs. In the undulating heat of the desert, these slender tilted obelisks loomed like the inscrutable monuments of an ancient thanatopia, a henge of metal phalluses thrusting skyward in ecstatic communion with the cosmic powers. Istvan removed from his backpack a banner he had printed for the occasion and, positioning himself in front of one of the larger rockets, instructed Horn to take a series of photographs of him bearing the rolled-out message: TRANSHUMANIST PARTY PREVENTS EXISTENTIAL RISK. The intention of the protest, if you could really call it that, was to create a series of images and short videos to be uploaded to Istvan’s various social-media accounts and shared among his many thousands of followers. Leaning self-consciously against the Fat Man replica, I scribbled in my notepad. Horn took out his phone and filmed a six-second Vine video of Istvan saying: “Stop nuclear war! It’s a devastating existential risk!” Then he filmed Istvan giving another brief speech on the central theme of his campaign: the need to divert government spending away from war and into research on life extension.
The U.S. Transhumanist Party is committed to building upon Zoltan’s early work in this area. U.S. Transhumanist Party Platform, in Article III, Section IV, of its Constitution, states:
In recognition of the dire existential threat that nuclear weapons pose to sapient life on Earth – including as a result of such weapons’ accidental deployment due to system failures or human misunderstanding – the United States Transhumanist Party advocates the complete dismantlement and abolition of all nuclear weapons everywhere, as rapidly as possible. If necessary for geopolitical stability, synchronized multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation treaties should be pursued, strengthened, and accelerated in the most expeditious manner. If, however, multilateral agreements among nations are not reached, then the United States Transhumanist Party advocates that all nuclear powers, especially the United States and Russia, should undertake unilateral nuclear disarmament at the earliest opportunity in order to preserve civilization from accidental annihilation.