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United States of America — Republican PartyCandidate for President

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Zoltan G. Istvan

Transhumanist writer and activist
8,141 votes (0.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Implemennt a universal basic income
  • Legalize all drugs and offer reparations for nonviolent drug offenders
  • Beat China in innovation



Columbia University Bachelor's Degree, Philosophy and Religion (1998)


With his popular 2016 US Presidential run as a science candidate, bestselling book The Transhumanist Wager, and powerful speeches at institutions like the World Bank and World Economic Forum, Zoltan Istvan has spearheaded the transformation of transhumanism into a thriving worldwide phenomenon. He is often cited as the global leader of the radical science movement. Formerly a journalist for National Geographic, Zoltan frequently writes for major media, appears on television, and also consults for organizations like the US Navy and government of Dubai. His futurist work, speeches, and promotion of radical science have reached hundreds of millions of people. A graduate of Columbia University in Philosophy and Religion, Zoltan lives in San Francisco with his physician wife and two young daughters. Visit his website at:  

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Zoltan G. Istvan:

I would lease out the trilllions of dollars of Federal Land America has to pay for infrastructure improvements.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Zoltan G. Istvan:

I have a tax free universal basic income plan that would allow all people to use some of that money for health care if they wished. 

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the President.
Answer from Zoltan G. Istvan:

I support near open-borders except for violent criminals. However, immigrants must be tracked for 3 years while in America and adults are not allowed to utilize public services like welfare. Addtionally, all immigrants must leave a refundable $5000 security deposit when entering.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $51,512

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Zoltan G. Istvan
Employees of Rasch, Joseph

More information about contributions

By State:

Oregon 98.04%
Florida 1.96%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.01%)
Small contributions (0.99%)

By Type:

From organizations (98.04%)
From individuals (1.96%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

The speed of change we’ve seen in the last few decades is nothing compared to what’s on the horizon with the emergence of radical new technology and science. I’ve spent the last decade advocating for this change in America, and I’ve become widely recognized as a one of the country’s leading futurists. I’m running for President as a Republican to lead America into a future filled with prosperity and transhumanism.

I’m not a politician. In my 20s, I started as a journalist at National Geographic. Later, I became a successful real estate developer before selling most of my business. I was also director at a major wildlife nonprofit, WildAid. I also penned futurist and political opinion essays for major media; I’ve written over 220 articles. My public work has received hundreds of millions of views, much of it through my political and science activism. I’ve spoken at the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, Microsoft, Harvard and was the opening keynote at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville. I’m a graduate of Columbia University, and live in San Francisco with my physician wife and two young daughters.

My presidential campaign is centered around bringing back innovation to America so that we don’t lose technology and economic races to China. Ingenuity and technological leadership is waning in America, and I have the expertise and policies to get our great nation innovating again. Google my name and work, and you’ll see for yourself what 21st Century policies really look like.

Videos (1)

— January 13, 2020 The Joe Rogan Podcast

Zoltan Istvan sits down with Joe Rogan for three hours to discuss the future.

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