*Disclaimer: This piece shouldn’t be thought of an endorsement of any of the talked about candidates by the writer or by High Times. While we imagine Brock Pierce has fascinating insurance policies, and has concepts that each main get together candidates ought to take into account, we’re not ignorant to the Democratic course of and the significance of this election, and subsequently can’t endorse a 3rd get together candidate presently. However, we encourage our readers to coach themselves on the advantages of voting third get together in the future, and the way dismantling the two-party system might clear up a lot of the points we face as we speak.*
You’ve heard so much about Donald Trump and Joe Biden these previous few months, however there’s one other lesser-known candidate working this cycle with some huge concepts that could be of curiosity to our readers. A significant departure from the typical main get together candidates, permit us to introduce you to Brock Pierce.
Aiming to be one thing like the Psychedelic J.F.Okay. of the Independence Party, the former child-star gone media-mogul turned tech entrepreneur, innovator & VC has lived many lives, and whereas he’s survived torment and accusations, one factor is evident: this man can take a punch, and are available again swinging.
After a number of profitable exits together with what some thought of to have pioneered the market for digital currencies, Brock Pierce has now set his sights on politics, throwing his hat into one in every of the most visceral elections in trendy instances. While he is aware of his chances are high slim, Pierce believes, and can seemingly make you imagine as properly, that we’ve bought some issues the politicians of as we speak aren’t geared up to reply, and it’s time for some new blood all through the complete system, not simply in the Oval Office.
“We are highly skilled visionary leaders. I have been doing impossible thing after impossible thing most of my life—we can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. It’s time to speak our truth and rise up.” Pierce tells me on a name this previous weekend to speak about his marketing campaign, and future. He is aware of it is a daring step, however the issues of as we speak require trendy drawback solvers to match, and whereas there are many issues to be enthusiastic about, there are some drastic modifications that must be made.
“I’m hoping it’s more of an evolution than a revolution,” Pierce notes. “One that’s led with love and unity.”
Although this marks his first foray into conventional politics, this isn’t the first time Brock Pierce has held a excessive workplace. The Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, Pierce has raised over $5 Billion for corporations he has based, together with Tether, the world’s first steady and asset-backed coin, and the IMI alternate, the world’s main digital foreign money market for video games. He has been a citizen of the world for many years, holding a number of ambassadorship titles in South Korea after serving to to revolutionize the nation’s digital foreign money providing, and having travelled the globe a number of instances throughout his different varied ventures. While this is probably not thought of conventional Presidential expertise, it appears oddly much like the man presently in the huge chair, solely with the tax statements to again it up.
Brock Pierce Is A Different Kind of Candidate
What makes Brock Pierce completely different is easy, and it has to do along with his core basic beliefs. Pierce believes in talking the reality, even should you don’t have the reply, and whereas which will look like a giant departure for most politicians, he’s betting it’s one thing that can facilitate actual, lasting change.
“This is the starting of a motion—a revolution to result in the change that’s wanted on this nation. This must be about, for the remaining [days before the election—you actually have a candidate that can start a movement. We need to begin to vote our conscience. Not what we stand against, but what we stand for.” Brock notes.
To ensure that change he’s enlisted an impressive team of political newcomers, with names you’ll likely recognize. As running mate he’s enlisted Karla Ballard, the founder and CEO of YING, the peer-to-peer sharing platform, with media ties from the FCC to Sony, who most recently held the Senior VP role at Participant Media’s TAG division, which works with brands to serve vulnerable communities.
As Chief Strategist he’s enlisted the two-time GRAMMY nominated Akon, who famously provided electricity to millions in Africa while employing over 5,000 people—alongside a highly successful music career that included over 27 Billboard Hot 100 rankings.
As Campaign Manager Brock Pierce has brought on data and human rights activist Brittany Kaiser, the subject of the Netflix documentary ‘The Great Hack’ and cofounder of the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA). As you can see, his network is almost as far reaching as his policy beliefs.
His policies include major restructurings like fixing loopholes to equally tax the elite, a monthly Universal Earned Income for all citizens, and ensuring no one has the right to make decisions about your body but you, but what I’m sure will be particularly interesting to our readers is Pierce’s policy on legalizing nature.
“For cannabis, there needs to be a complete full court press. Federal legalization, ending all federal enforcement, pardon & expunge all non violent cannabis crimes… the War on Drugs failed, it’s time to stop it.” Brock explains with passion.
While he’s quick to acknowledge that not all drugs are the same and some are certainly more dangerous than others, Brock Pierce is firm in his stance that decriminalization is the answer.
“We should not be locking people in cages for doing nothing but harming themselves. Portugal and others have already given us the empirical data to know there’s a better way. Decriminalization will ensure a safe and healthy environment for all, while not harming others.” Pierce told me.
A key detail to his point on legalizing nature seems more aimed at the pharmaceutical industry than just a plea for the freedom to consume.
“I don’t have all the answers, but I know the direction we’re headed, and I know the process to getting to the right answers. This country is in need of healing. Cannabis saved my mother’s life. She was one of those people who was about to lose her life to Oxycontin. [My Campaign Manager] had a spinal deformity that required lifesaving surgical procedure and was prescribed vicodin…” he laments about how simply, and for how lengthy Dr.’s prescribe life-changing substances, with out even mentioning pure choices.
A frequent donor to MAPS and an investor in Atai (the life sciences analysis firm devoted to innovation in therapy and entry for psychological well being care), greater than something Brock Pierce believes we should always discover our choices and make data-driven choices. He cites what’s occurred in Switzerland as one other instance our nation ought to comply with, as he is aware of even when they’ll’t acknowledge that’s what they’re doing, most residents are consuming medication to take care of trauma of all sorts, and we will’t suppose much less of these folks for not having extra choices.
“How did we get here? I’m like a historian, I take the time to study how we got here. When I look at the tree, I start with the leaves—the symptoms, the problems, and I work my way through the branches, to the trunk—but I don’t stop there until I get to the root of the problem. That’s why people don’t usually solve problems. That’s where you need to start your resolution if you want to bring real change.”
His daring concepts don’t cease at policing our our bodies, although. His workforce is tremendously involved about the way forward for this nation, and the way ready our present management is to take care of new issues.
“The dollar is the underpinning of the nation, the foundation. [It] is at risk—it is under threat because of bad decisions by past admins, and because tech is changing the world. The Chinese government is leading the world right now with the digital Yuan, and our government doesn’t understand technology. Have you ever seen one of the congressional hearings against Big Tech? It’s embarrassing. We need visionary leadership in this country that understands how to navigate the road ahead.” Pierce notes.
As we focus on a few of the new issues we might face over the subsequent few many years, an all too acquainted one comes up—election fraud. Pierce’s marketing campaign supervisor, Brittany Kaiser, is aware of about this challenge properly from her time with Cambridge Analytica.
“Unfortunately even the Federal Election Commission can’t enforce the laws in this country – it’s nearly impossible. We’re being sold to the highest bidder,” She states with clear concern. “Ethical technologists are required to help us regulate – we can’t stifle innovation but we need to protect our citizens from bad actors.”
In Brock’s view, it is a basic challenge.
“How does our nation measure our success? What have we incentivized?” He asks. “The problem is we’re working in an antiquated system. No one has put forth a new goal or vision, a new unit of measurement to define success. It’s currently measured by growth. Growth Domestic Product, GDP. The problem with growth is it assumes we have infinite resources. Eventually people have to start looking into each other’s pockets. The goal of the country has been to grow blindly—and this is a global problem. We need to change the system. It’s time to take a step back, to upgrade the operating system of the United States of America.”
Brock Pierce speaks with an exuberance you’ll be able to really feel.
“The founders of our great nation had a powerful intention: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What if we started to measure success by life? Life expectancy is in decline! Despite all of our technology! What if we held that as a measure of success, and we held our government accountable? You would see changes! By 2030 we’d ALL be glad to live here. What if we measured by liberty? We’re supposed to be free after all. But we have more people in prison—in total and per capita—than any other nation in the world! What if we measured by happiness?”
He pauses, realizing it will resonate.
“Why is everyone trying to get money and power? It doesn’t make you happy, fulfilled. We SHOULD measure by happiness. In my eyes, a billionaire isn’t someone with a billion dollars, but someone who positively impacts a billion people. Measure not by what you earn, but by what you give.”
You can’t inform me that’s not what a psychedelic J.F.Okay would say…