Rachel Haywire

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Rachel Haywire, also known as Rachel Marone,[1] is an American artist, musician, writer, and advocate for transhumanism.

Early history

In 2005 Haywire wrote a chapter in a book called "Generation Hex", where she had the pseudonym "Haywire" recommended to her.[2] Although the name was initially just for use in the book, she decided she liked it and adopted it a new name. The book covers "young adults who are inventing and imagining radically new directions for spirituality and human evolution".[4]

Haywire started the experimental industrial music project Experiment Haywire in 2005. Her band collaborated with Leæther Strip, Attrition, amGod, and Studio-X and opened for industrial bands such as Android Lust, Babyland and Z'EV. In 2019, she brought in co-producer and audio engineer Wertstahl to work on her new full-length album Alternative Technology.

In 2011 Haywire started the annual Extreme Futurist Fest event in Los Angeles, California. The cyberpunk[3] event combined talks on science and human enhancement, modeled after the TED conferences, with a number of live music performances and art installations. In 2012, Haywire described the event as "a 2 day arts and technology festival focusing on radical voices of the new evolution".

In 2011 Haywire also started a crowdfunding campaign for her 'Extreme Futurists' project on the website Kickstarter. The project received over three hundred spam comments; in response, Kickstarter closed the project, and threatened to permanently ban Haywire from the Kickstarter platform. After Haywire's case attracted substantial media attention, Kickstarter apologized to Haywire, and said that it was not Kickstarter's policy to block projects which might be subject to abuse from third parties. However, Kickstarter did not update their community guidelines or terms of service in response to the incident, and these guidelines had no mention of comment spam or victims of cyberstalking. The technology magazine Digital Trends compared Haywire's harassment on Kickstarter to the harassment faced by feminist writer and cultural critic Anita Sarkeesian, who has also funded her advocacy projects through the website.

Advocacy

In January 2013, Haywire started a campaign to run for the board of directors of the transhumanist organization Humanity+, to which she was subsequently elected. She is also the founder of the all-female alternative music label machineKUNT Records, the "anti-conference" INSTED, the online magazine "Trigger Warning" (after trigger warnings), and the author of the autobiography Acidexia and the collection of cultural essays The New Art Right.[5].

Haywire has variously described herself as a "transhuman separatist" or "transhumanist militant". Haywire was once associated with the far-right neoreactionary movement. Rachel says she left the neoreactionary movement in 2014.[4] Haywire's Twitter feed has been cited by news outlets such as Newsweek, Glamour (magazine), Inquisitr, E!, and Breitbart News Network[5] on the topics of social justice and domestic violence.

In 2018 Haywire was blacklisted from the Foresight Institute and lost her sponsorship for her arts and culture startup. She ended up having to evacuate the Bay Area as a result." A petition by the United States Transhumanist Party was started to have her reinstated.".[6]. According to the statement by Stolyarov, "Rachel Haywire is not 'alt-right' and, like all individuals, should be characterized based on her own statements, rather than aspersions cast by others of differing political views."

2020 presidential run

Haywire is a candidate in the 2020 U.S. Transhumanist Party primary.[6] Key elements of her campaign are $2,000/month Universal Basic Income (paid for by reducing military spending) and universal life extension and cryonics care for all citizens. Her campaign website is www.haywire2020.com. Her campaign slogan is "Beyond The Center", which according in her own words means remodeling the “edges” of the Left and the Right, while transcending the political Center.[7]

Transhuman Tees has partnered with Haywire to provide official merchandise for her campaign including a T-shirt and the "Haywire Hat".

She announced her candidacy on Justin Murphy's YouTube channel on May 2, 2019.[2] She said that she decided to run after receiving encouragement to run from Zoltan Istvan. Additionally, she said that she drew inspiration from Andrew Yang's campaign.[2]

Haywire on her campaign

"My plan is to reallocate all of the funds that are going to non-violent drug offenders and sex workers in prison and needless overseas wars in order to make this happen...I want to release all of these people from prison and bring all of our troops home once and for all.”[7]

“Transhumanism is for everyone. This is what my presidential campaign is about: Transhumanism for all.”[7]

On China:
“We should be very careful of them, especially with what they have done in copying our patents.. We need to keep China at an arm’s length. I know it’s an unpopular thing to say, but I’m concerned with the way they treat their citizens. They have an authoritarian communist dictatorship and they have a social credit system that is quite horrifying.”[8]

On Trump:
"It’s a very politically incorrect thing to say, but I’m gonna say it: Trump, our president, is very focused on Mexican immigrants but he ignores the struggles of the tech working class. I am a member of the tech working class. I am an aspirational CEO, I am a freelancer in the gig economy." [8]

"I’m not a fan of Mr. Trump, but he was advocating for the working class of America, I am advocating for working class transhumanists. I am a working class transhumanist, sue me! I want to help working class transhumanists!"[8]

References

  1. Wauters, Robin (April 14, 2012). "Crowdfunding site Kickstarter accused of banning artist who received ‘too much comment spam’ [Updated"]. The Next Web. [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Livestream with Rachel Haywire
  3. An Irreverent Guide To Transhumanism And The Singularity. Gizmodo. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  4. Rachel, Haywire (August 15, 2014). "Breaking up with Neoreaction". Medium (website). [2]
  5. Bokhari, Allum (November 11, 2015). "Twitter Ridicules Campus SJWs with #NationalOffendACollegeStudentDay". Breitbart. [3]. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  6. [https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/transhumanist-unity-tolerance/ Petition to Support Unity and Tolerance in the Transhumanist Movement
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Transhumanist will defeat Trump using a pirate spaceship. biohacking.info. 02-Jun-2019
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Chinese threat & AI psychedelics as Rachel Haywire dominates transhumanist presidential debate. biohacking.info. 08-Jul-2019

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