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Originally published August 24 2015

Transhumanist presidential candidate proposes microchipping citizens' brains to establish authoritarian control over humans

by Natural News Staff

(NaturalNews) Transhumanist presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan proposed that behavior-correcting brain implants could be used as a substitute for capital punishment, according to a recent article published in Motherboard.

Istvan argues that violent behavior is a mental disorder that requires outside assistance, in the same way a heart with an irregular beat requires a pacemaker. According to this reasoning, prisoners should not be held accountable for their actions because they are, by their very nature, incapable of living up to a standard of accountability. A brain implant would be like an internal monitor that regulates the actions of a prisoner; it would act as a tranquilizer whenever the prisoner exhibited violent or aggressive behavior.(1)

The whole proposal resembles a nightmare ripped from the pages of A Clockwork Orange, where a convicted prisoner named Alex opts for a behavior-modification program in exchange for a shortened sentence. The treatment strips Alex of his free will, controls all of his decisions and causes him to abhor violence.(2)

Istvan believes cranial implants could be a reality in as little as 10 to 20 years. He suggests that cranial implants aren't much of a stretch from ear implants used to treat deafness, or pharmaceutical drugs already given to criminals.(1)

"Because I want to believe in the good of human beings, and I also think all human existence has some value, I'm on the lookout for ways to preserve life and maximize its usefulness in society," wrote Istvan.(1)

A chip in every citizen

The transhumanist's ideas aren't bound to convicted felons, however. Istvan suggests that citizens ought to have a trauma alert chip inserted into their skulls that alerts authorities whenever they are in trouble. This surveillance, Istvan argues, would drastically reduce crime rates. "[I]f people knew they were going to be caught, crime would drop noticeably," he said.(1)

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