John McAfee, the founder of McAfee antivirus, has filed with the Federal Election Committee to run for President in the 2016 election. He hopes to live up to the words of American Founding Father George Washington – who fought to “guard against impostures of pretended patriotism.” A clear and resounding battlecry against the overuse of government surveillance on American citizens with constitutional rights. McAfee now believes that he can make more change from inside the political process, and has taken the first step towards doing so. Later tonight, more information on the Cyber Party will be released – and the party platform will be revealed. One thing that we do know about McAfee’s government philosophy relates to Bitcoin. In 2013, he told Canadian media:
Things like Bitcoin are completely outside the control and the knowledge of anyone. It will be everywhere and the world will have to readjust. World governments will have to readjust.
A Fan of Bitcoin – The Currency of the Youth
As you might expect of such a true technologist, McAfee believes in Bitcoin, and he’s not the first presidential candidate to be bonkers for Bitcoin. Though, if you listen to McAfee’s detractors, they’ll tell you all about his past. McAfee believes that he has a strong shot at the presidential election because of his standing in the web community. He told CNN:
I have a huge underground following on the web,” McAfee said. “I promise you I will win because I have the votes.
A large portion of the active web community is from the same age group that has notoriously low voting participation. While McAfee will receive a lot of public support in his bid for the title of Commander in Chief, don’t hold your breath when the polls open. Even so, election time is still months away. Speaking of other candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, McAfee said that they were both very smart.
Privacy for All, Except McAfee
McAfee has made it a point to emphasize that he will answer all questions about his past, which has been referred to as “checkered.” He will be honest because he wants the government to be honest. Privacy, and the vast erosion of privacy rights in the last few decades, is a pain point for McAfee. He commented:
We are losing privacy at an alarming rate — we have none left.
We’ve given up so much for the illusion of security and our government is simply dysfunctional.
He also thinks that the government doesn’t understand the technology that it is using to invade our privacy. With Bitcoin and blockchain technology, certain functions of the government could be removed from the perils of human error. More importantly, the misalignment of incentives that have manifested in fiat currency could be removed from the American government – which is exactly what the Founding Fathers wanted in the first place.
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