Could John McAfee have been a serious presidential candidate?
The colourful individual’s most recent endeavor not only had him running for the 2020 presidency, but doing it from international waters. That is until March of this year where he announced on Twitter that he was ending his presidential campaign, and instead attempted to run for the Vice Presidential slot.
Taking his decentralised lifestyle a step further than most, McAfee lives on a boat, or rather a yacht, called Freedom Boat; keeping his location as secret as possible and living as an exile in international waters. He is currently being indicted by the Federal government for not paying his federal income taxes, having paid tens of millions of pounds in taxes, and “received jack shit in services”.
Never one to mince his words or censor his tweets, McAfee claims that “taxation is illegal”.The former security software mogul has stepped away from enterprise security software company McAfee Associates, and now prefers to advocate for the decentralisation of the economy- predicting banks will disappear and that cryptocurrency will provide economic freedom to the individual.
Part of his key mission when running for Presidency, and subsequently Vice Presidency, was to educate the masses on the blockchain and cryptocurrency. Using the technology of the blockchain as a way to remove the economic dependence upon centralised government:
“In the end, governments will have to accept that we as people, have the right to control our own finances, without interference, and without permission.” (Crypto Market News)
Here’s the schtick. McAfee never actually wanted to be president, and is publicly open about how he would make a terrible president-elect. Apart from his anti-taxation stance and campaign to remove economic power from centralised government, McAfee’s campaign never had any concrete policies. Despite this seemingly chaotic campaign, McAfee is still making full use of his right to run and plans to run alongside Vermin Supreme
As the king of cyber security, it seems fitting that McAfee’s presidential campaign bases itself on promoting the latest blockchain technology. Along with the economic opportunities provided by the blockchain, it is also one of the best technologies for cyber-security.
The ex security software mogul has long been an advocate of the power of the blockchain, using his power as a heavy-hitting influencer, and creating ripples across the crypto-universe with tweets predicting the rise of various cryptocurrencies including the market-shaking tweet that saw the staggering rise of the cryptocurrency Verge a couple of years ago.
On the back of this so-called “McAfee Effect” that saw the effect of one individual upon the market, McAfee continues to use his platform and influence to try to put his message out to the masses. McAfee intends to talk about the benefits of cryptocurrency, and the importance of making it readily available for everyone to access.
The biggest barriers to accessing the blockchain may be in part due to a general lack of information, but fault undoubtedly also lies in the technology itself, which can isolate people from cryptocurrency, daunted by the logistics of using the new technology.
McAfee is also keen to underline the importance of using these currencies for what they are intended for, ‘freeing ourselves from burdensome governments and a top down power structure”, along with his firm belief that governments will have to change when distributed exchanges arrive.
McAfee’s youtube video from 2016, outlining the concerns that led him to run for presidential candidacy, sees him openly talking about the dangers that he sees facing America, notably cyber security, in the typical gung-ho style that has come to characterise the content that he puts out to the world.
In his latest run for candidacy, McAfee stated he planned to use mask-wearing “surrogates” in his place to attend debates, presentations and key-notes, without having to reveal his location. If ever there was an influencer capable of making bold statements and going through with them, McAfee would be that person.
2020 may not be the year that John McAfee goes against all odds to become the United States of America’s first president in exile.
For now, he’s sticking to his boat.