Zoltan Istvan To Run For 2020 LP Presidential Nomination

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Transhumanist author and current Libertarian candidate for Governor of California Zoltan Istvan, mentioned that he intends to run in 2020 to be the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate during an interview with 71republic.

Istvan explained this while discussing his platform of providing universal basic income through land dividends stating “This is a totally libertarian idea, and it will be my platform for my 2020 Libertarian Presidential run.”

The libertarian has been under scrutiny since his announcing his gubernatorial run, with some claiming his ideas are too left-leaning and this author even claimed that he may not in fact be a libertarian (although after following his campaign, and reading his book The Transhumanist Wager, I have relaxed this view somewhat).

Using the non-aggression principle, Istvan believes that his views on government funding of radical technology is justified. “Libertarian transhumanists believe aging is a negative force—something that we did not invite into our lives,” states the governor candidate in defense of his view that aging violates the NAP.

While to some libertarians this may seem like a call for more government, the transhumanist also believes that citizens shouldn’t be taxed because “The age of robotics is upon us, and most government can be automated within a decade. Robots can fix robots. The government will eventually be totally machine run and will cost next to nothing.”

For more information on Zoltan Istvan’s views, readers can visit his website here.


Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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