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Official Policies of the Transhumanist Party (2015) (UK)

It turns out all proposed policies that were put up for the vote were accepted:

OFFICIAL POLICIES OF THE TRANSHUMANIST PARTY (2015)

A. Party Constitution amendments:
1.0

The Transhumanist Party’s ideological position is known as Social Futurism,
which represents the integration of social and technological concerns.
We adopt this position as a reminder that our central mission as a
Transhumanist political party is to harness technological potential for
the benefit of society.
2.0

The National Executive Committee (NEC) is responsible for drafting
interim party policy where an issue is judged by the party leadership to
have arisen for which there is no policy yet in place. The adoption of
interim policy must be in accord with constitutional voting rules. Any
such policy must be formally ratified at the first AGM following its
inception, or be automatically considered rescinded in the absence of
ratification.
B. Initial Transhumanist Party policies:
3.0 Political and Judicial Reform
3.1

Governance in the UK to be reformed toward greater democratic,
technologically mediated participation in decision making (particularly
with regard to functions which can be safely ceded to local
authorities), and a greater focus on evidence-based policies rather than
ideology.
3.2

Proportional representation is to be instituted.
3.3

The House of Lords to be transformed, over time, to a second chamber
augmented by the most effective technological decision aids available.
3.4

No MP may take any other paid work while during their term in
Parliament, and laws are to be enacted to reform the “revolving door”
system of MP’s subsequent appointments and private sector political
influence.
3.5

Freedom of speech will be vigorously defended, with the exception of
speech that (1) constitutes a direct incitement to violence, (2) is
libellous (with libel reform to have burden of proof put on the
claimant), or (3) is the product of a crime designed to acquire or
create the information transmitted (trading in or further transmitting
such information will make one an accessory to the original crime).
3.6

Reform of intellectual property and software patent law, to allow only
the most clearly justified limitation of freedoms of speech and
information.
3.7

Laws addressing the regulation of emerging technologies will as far as
possible prioritise the preservation of personal freedoms insofar as
other people’s personal freedoms, rights, or the needs of society are
not being curtailed. People should be free to use new technologies as
they see fit if they are harming no-one else and there is no clear
potential for such harm, and they must be guaranteed freedom from
inappropriate intrusion by the state made possible by new technologies.
4.0 Economics
4.1

The highest goal of the Transhumanist Party is to ensure that the
potential benefits of technological change are as widely accessible as
possible across society, and to create conditions which maximise
opportunities for positive technological development.
4.2

The state pension, and retirement age, to be abolished. Those who cannot
work will instead be entitled to claim state benefits. This is a policy
to be introduced over a fifteen year timescale and culminate in a Basic
Income Guarantee for all citizens.
4.3

A Land Value Tax to be introduced.
4.4

There will be no state subsidies for mature, profitable industries – no “bail outs”.
4.5

The state will provide full grants to all citizen students. Those
receiving full grants will be liable to repay them if they emigrate
within a ten-year period after graduation.
5.0 Environment
5.1

Transhumanist Party environmental policies must emphasise the use of
“Bright Green” technologies to improve the health and wellbeing of the
natural world, and to minimise any negative environmental effects of
technology. This will necessitate constant reform and improvement of
environmental impact legislation.
5.2

Targeted year on year reduction in the use of pesticides and herbicides. Support for vertical farming and robotic techniques.
5.3

Factory farming of animals to be more strictly regulated. Research into
tissue culture as a replacement source for meat to be actively supported
and subsidised.
6.0 Health and Education
6.1

The NHS will be encouraged to evolve in a direction in which greater
emphasis is placed on preventive and regenerative biotechnology.
6.2

Laws governing pharmaceuticals will be modified to allow licensing of
drugs that extend lifespan, enhance intelligence or make one “better
than well”.
6.3

No culturally divisive education is to be supported by the taxpayer.
This includes schools charging significant fees as well as those
selecting by class, race or religion.
6.4

New technologies which can significantly reduce educational & health
system costs and improve performance of those systems will be
subsidised by the government in order to encourage swift adoption.
7.0 Society and Europe
7.1

Although we are concerned with the wellbeing of humanity as a whole, our
party focusses first and foremost on British societal needs. The
demands of multiculturalism and other societies will be considered
secondary to the needs of our own society. Within the broad boundaries
of asserting our own societal needs first, we will strive to create an
integrated, harmonious society.
7.2

Immigration policy shall prioritise skilled migrants, and while refugees
will be welcomed with vigorous humanitarian support, such refugees will
not be afforded the full rights or freedoms of properly recognised
immigrants. Although we seek to support and enable our fellow human
beings, we cannot do so in a manner which abandons our own right to
future self-determination as a nation.
7.3

The Council of the European Union (AKA the Council of Ministers) should
not be allowed undue control over the democratically elected European
Parliament. The Council should be reduced to the status of ‘second
chamber’ with power of veto over European Parliament decisions rather
than direct legislative power.
8.0 Defence and International Relations
8.1

An immediate halt to the selling of arms to nations that are not
democracies, or are debtor nations in the international community to an
extent significantly beyond the international norm.
8.2

Retain and properly maintain an effective nuclear deterrent.
8.3

No foreign aid to governments. Foreign aid should only be given direct
to people who need the aid, or NGOs which can be trusted on the basis of
evidence that they will properly distribute it.
8.4

No aid to nations with nuclear weapon programs.
8.5

Support for self-determination of culturally coherent peoples, where
geography allows and can be shown to be viable (e.g. Kurds), as well as
devolution movements (e.g. Scotland).

Thoughts on “8.2 Retain and properly maintain an effective nuclear deterrent.”?

Deterrent against what? In what scenario would the UK end up thinking ‘gee, i wish people thought we had the ability to set off nukes’?

Good question. I don’t see much sense in this kinda of nuclear deterrent. At the very least not in the current geopolitical situation. But I guess keeping your nuclear arsenal is very much easier politically than creating one from scratch, see Iran.

Anyway, one could interpret the results of this vote the following way: You can propose what you want as official policy of the TP, as long as it’s in alignment with its constitution. It will get passed! :open_mouth:

“ability to be very destructive is important to us” doesn’t sound like a very transhumany thing to be saying IMHO.

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The problem is that when you don’t have the ability to be very destructive, others see that as opportunity to push you over and impose demands on you aggressively. The ability to retaliate excessively is an effective shield against unreasonable demand and actions against you.