Gabriel Rothblatt

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Gabriel Rothblatt
Born 1982 (age 35–36)
Residence Satellite Beach, Florida
Occupation United Therapeutics

Gabriel Rothblatt, born October 5, 1982[1] is a technoprogressive political activist, a 2014 congressional candidate, and a writer and speaker in the futurist and transhumanist movements.

Early life and education[edit]

Rothblatt was born to Bina and transgender businesswoman Martine Rothblatt.[2] His parents founded several companies, including Sirius Satellite Radio and United Therapeutics.[3] He is married to Taj Rothblatt, and they have four children together.[4] Following his graduation from high school, Rothblatt attended the University of Vermont and earned a degree in political philosophy.[2] In addition to political activism, Rothblatt works for MIO, LLC as a property manager, and previously managed a restaurant franchise and worked as an insurance broker.[2] Rothblatt's great grandfather Isadore Rothblatt was a union organizer and was beaten to death by anti-union thugs because of his union activities with the Leatherworker's Union of Chicago.[4]

Activism[edit]

Human rights[edit]

Rothblatt is an outspoken advocate for human rights. He is Black, Jewish, and comes from a LGBTQ family.[5] In the "Dude Looks Like a Lady" benefit for the Women's Center of Brevard, Rothblatt dressed as Oprah Winfrey to bring attention to women's rights.[6] In his November 2014 campaign, Rothblatt was endorsed by the National Organization for Women,[7] the Teamsters Local Union 769,[8] and he was a featured speaker at the South Brevard NAACP banquet dinner.[9] Rothblatt is a Member Delegate of the Space Coast Progressive Alliance and Vice President of the Brevard Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.[10]

Space[edit]

Rothblatt is an advocate for space, public speaker on the advantageous of investing in space settlements, and President of the Florida Space Development Council, the National Space Society's local chapter.[11] In a talk hosted by students from SEDS, at the University of Michigan, Rothblatt advocated that space exploration should not resemble the space race but should be an endeavor of international collaboration.[5] In a congressional debate, Rothblatt stated that he believes missions to the moon, mars, and asteroids should be a priority, and under the right plan a 1,000 people could be in space within a decade.[12] Space was such a significant part of Rothblatt's campaign BBC News ran a story covering both candidates position on space and titled it Florida's space race: The politicians battling over the cosmos.[13] Lisa Miller, from New York magazine, wrote that the first item on Rothblatt's platform is "space."[14] Rothblatt has written on various space topics including spacesteading[15] and panspermia.[16]

Transhumanism[edit]

Rothblatt is a Pastor, Community Organizer, and member of the Board of Directors with the Terasem Movement and codirector of worldfuturist.net.[17][18] Subscribers to the Terasem movement believe technology will one day make it possible to make digital copies of oneself.[19] Peter Rothman, from Humanity+, wrote that Rothblatt may be the first openly transhumanist political candidate in the United States.[20] Rothblatt writes and speaks on transhumanist topics, such as seasteading,[21][22] cryonics,[23] religion,[24] mind uploading,[25] and technological discrimination.[26][27]

Political campaigns[edit]

During the 2014 Midterm elections, Rothblatt ran as a Democratic Party candidate against incumbent Bill Posey in Florida's 8th congressional district.[28] Rothblatt qualified for the ballot through the petition method by gathering 4,936 signatures; the minimum required was 4,834.[29] Issues of concern to Rothblatt were technological unemployment, protecting family values, promoting education, protecting the environment, developing space, and human rights.[4][30] The candidates' debates covered Obamacare, abortion, military action, environmentalism, renewable energy, same-sex marriage, and the government shutdown; and according to Posey the debates demonstrated their ideological differences.[12][31][32] Rothblatt's belief in transhumanism and his family ties were both regularly covered by the media. Jessica Roy, from Time, reported that Rothblatt's status as a member of Terasem may be just as difficult for his campaign as being a Democrat in the Republican majority district.[33] During a campaign event, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist introduced Rothblatt by saying “Gabriel is the messenger that God sent."[6][34] Other opinions of his campaign were more critical. Katie Prill, from the National Republican Congressional Committee, wrote "his radical ideas are too extreme for Florida families."[30] Posey's spokesman, George Cecala, stated that, "It all comes down to the real issue, and that is Bill Posey is a conservative and Gabriel Rothblatt is a liberal.[30] Posey won the election with the majority of the vote; however, Neely Tucker from the Washington Post called Rothblatt's campaign "a respectable debut,"[35] and Dustin Ashley wrote his campaign "opens the door for other transhumanists to become part of the political action."[36]

SpacePAC[edit]

Rothblatt was supported by SpacePAC, a Political Action Committee (PAC) founded by his parents.[30] Under campaign finance laws, PACs are not permitted to collaborate with the candidate.[30] Due to these restrictions, the Rothblatts were not permitted to discuss the campaign together until the election was over.[30] The PAC drew criticism from an editorial page of the New York Times due to the family relationship between the founders of the PAC and Rothblatt's campaign.[37] USA Today reported that Rothblatt did not know that his parents were setting up the PAC until he saw yard signs promoting his candidacy.[38] According to William Patrick, from Watchdog.org, Posey knew of the family relationship between Rothblatt and the PAC, but Posey declined to comment.[39] Dave Berman, from Florida Today, reported that even with the support of SpacePAC, Posey's campaign had far more funds than Rothblatt's campaign.[40] Alex Leary, from the Tampa Bay Times reported that SpacePAC was not the first PAC to be set up by a wealthy parent to support their child's campaign.[41]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Biography Gabriel Rothblatt for Congress". Gabriel Rothblatt For Congress. Archived from the original on July 9, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Fredreka Schouten (July 18, 2014). "House bid a stepping stone for space-focused candidate". USA Today. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Americans for Gabriel Rothblatt". Democracy For America. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Nabeel Chollampat (December 4, 2014). "Space exploration faces future funding hurdles". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Patrick Howley (September 29, 2014). "Democratic Florida Congressional Candidate To Dress As Oprah Winfrey". The Daily Caller. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "Meet the Dudes". Women's Center in Brevard. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "Teamsters Local Union 769" (PDF). Teamsters Joint Council 75. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  9. ^ Sara Paulson (October 16, 2014). "Brevard NAACP chapters set plans for annual banquets". Florida Today. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  10. ^ "Annual Elections Jan. 8, 2015". Space Coast Progressive Alliance. Jan 3, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  11. ^ James Dean (March 8, 2015). "NASA's MMS mission set to continue busy month at Cape". Florida Today. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Dave Berman (October 14, 2014). "Posey, Rothblatt take their shots at congressional debate". Florida Today. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  13. ^ Debbie Siegelbaum (October 19, 2014). "Florida's space race: The politicians battling over the cosmos". BBC. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  14. ^ "The Trans-Everything CEO". New York Magazine. September 17, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  15. ^ Gabriel Rothblatt (July 15, 2012). "Spacesteading – May the Meek Inhabit the Cosmos". Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  16. ^ Gabriel Rothblatt (August 24, 2012). "Are We Panspermia or Not? Does Knowing Matter?". Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  17. ^ "Advisory Board". Lifeboat Foundation. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  18. ^ "Gabriel Rothblatt". Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  19. ^ "'Life is purposeful, death is optional, God is technological and love is essential': The new tech-inspired religion that uses 'mindfiles' and robots to store your soul for 'future revival'". Daily Mail. April 19, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  20. ^ Peter Rothmans (July 1, 2014). "Interview: Gabriel Rothblatt Congressional Candidate in Florida's 8th District". humanity+. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  21. ^ Gabriel Rothblatt (June 9, 2012). "How Can Seasteading End Somali Piracy?". Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  22. ^ "The Seasteading Conference". The Seasteading Institute. 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  23. ^ Gabriel Rothblatt (April 6, 2012). "Don't Go To Sleep In The Cold!". Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  24. ^ Gabriel Rothblatt (June 7, 2012). "Is Transhumanism a Religion?". Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  25. ^ Gabriel Rothblatt (April 20, 2012). "Will We Have Multiple "Selves" in the Future?". Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  26. ^ Gabriel Rothblatt (July 20, 2012). "Steve Mann Assaulted at French McDonald's in world's first "Cybernetic Hate Crime". Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  27. ^ Gabriel Rothblatt (June 13, 2012). "Is the term "Transhumanism" a misnomer?". Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  28. ^ "Florida's 8th Congressional District". Ballotpedia. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  29. ^ "Candidates Petition Signatures, 2014 General Elections". Florida Division of Elections. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  30. ^ a b c d e f Scott Powers (August 18, 2014). "Congressional candidate has faith in technology". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  31. ^ "On Politics: Innocent question creates a bit of a stir". Florida Today. October 17, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  32. ^ Scot Powers (October 13, 2014). "Space exploration remains final frontier in 8th District congressional race". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  33. ^ Jessica Roy (April 17, 2014). "The Rapture of the Nerds". Time. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  34. ^ Dave Berman (September 25, 2014). "Charlie Crist goes on the offensive in Melbourne". Florida Today. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  35. ^ Neely Tucker (December 12, 2014). "Martine Rothblatt: She founded SiriusXM, a religion and a biotech. For starters". Washington Post. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  36. ^ "Gabriel Rothblatt Lost the Race". transhumanity.net. November 5, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  37. ^ "The Custom-Made 'Super PAC'". New York Times. August 3, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  38. ^ Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars (July 18, 2014). "Some candidates' super PACs are a family affair". USA Today. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  39. ^ William Patrick (July 29, 2014). "Democratic candidate gets $225,000 boost from sole super PAC donor, his dad". Watchdog.org. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  40. ^ Dave Berman (October 10, 2014). "Numbers don't look good for Brevard Democrats". Florida Today. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  41. ^ Alex Leary (October 28, 2014). "Florida congressional candidate gets Super PAC boost". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 14, 2015.

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