Building our way of life to a higher tier

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As a species, humanity has existed for 200,000 years. And from the year 200,000 B.C. until the mid-1800s, the fastest a person could travel was on horseback. Yet by the start of the 20th century we had the train, automobile and the aircraft, and we landed on the moon less than 70 years later. The lightbulb, internet, cellphone, computer, spacecraft, satellite, television and skyscraper were all invented in the past 1/2,000th of our history.

We didn’t achieve those things through luck, we achieved them through technological ascension. We invented technology to change the fundamental circumstances in which we operate within our world, and with each other. The Universal Energy framework is designed to be the next level of that ascension, to revolutionize how we power the civilization that defines our existence and how we move and live.

Yet once in place, we would be spared the hindrances that have been holding us back for millennia. We would have unlimited energy and resources. We would have the ability to indefinitely synthesize materials as products of that energy and those resources.

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Just as importantly, we would be spared the social consequences of scarcity that have consumed our focus from day one - the perpetual maladies caused in the name of satisfying need, need that can now be met through dedicated investment in superior technology. And with these benefits combined, we can ascend once again and build systems, achieve goals and advance our civilization to the next order of magnitude.

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We refer to this concept as Advanced Economy and Infrastructure, which is the next evolution of our social framework in terms of technological capability, a scenario that is likely familiar to many of us by now.

People alive today have seen dirt roads turn to highways, propeller planes turn to commercial jetliners, inexpensive laptops with more computing power than all of the world's governments combined possessed when we first landed on the Moon. But that's just scratching the surface of what we can accomplish in a world spared of energy and resource limitations.

The next is a revolutionary shift in focus to our economy and workforce. The economic might of American manufacturing has tarnished, and amidst the backdrop of our crumbling roads, collapsing bridges and aging skyscrapers we are living within a decaying testament to the greatness we once sought and collectively built as our government is reduced to bickering over how to pay for anything that doesn't involve either weapons or taxpayer-funded handouts to political cronies.

The past six decades saw us build the interstate highway system, put a man on the Moon and invent GPS and the internet. We didn't bow down to the difficulty of a challenge or cynical political opposition - we achieved these goals because we could and because they proved to ourselves and the world eternal that we were worthy of our pedigree as a people.

Automated Manufacturing

That is a drive we can and must have again. By shifting our focus towards once again building great and amazing things, we seek to invest in job opportunities towards manufacturing the next generation of American excellence - advanced energy technology, sophisticated resource production systems, world-class transportation and the infrastructure that defines a society masterfully surfing the wave of cutting-edge achievement.

Beyond the technologies within the Universal Energy framework, the areas that we plan to place the greatest focus on are within civil engineering, digital communication, scientific research, transportation and aerospace, and we'll go through each one to explain how.

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

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The civil infrastructure of our society: roads, highways, bridges and tunnels rank among the greatest marvels of human engineering, revolutionizing travel, transportation of goods and commerce on scales small and large. But up until now, every example has been built as a unique entity, custom-designed, engineered and constructed from the ground up every time.

Universal Energy is designed to improve these circumstances not just by supplying an unlimited amount of energy and materials in which we can build things, but also to improve the ways we construct large-scale infrastructure so that tomorrow we can expand the scale of what we can build from what we can today.

Where roads today are built by poured asphalt, they can be rapidly installed as standardized panels that generate solar energy and double as power lines. Where houses, bridges and skyscrapers are today built by hand each and every time, they can be factory prefabricated and assembled on site as if they were life-sized Legos™.

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This is a goal we're already striving to meet. Today, the Boeing Aircraft corporation can assemble up to ten 777 Dreamliner aircraft a month - translating to one every three business days. In China, the Broad Sustainable Buildings Corporation has invented construction methods that allow it to rapidly construct buildings - in one case completing a 55-story skyscraper in 15 days.

This is what we can do with today's technology and material limitations. A world spared of resource scarcity and energy constraints can raise the bar to new heights, increasing the scale of what we can build accordingly. Tunnels and bridges that span a hundred miles or greater, accommodating six, eight or twelve 12 lanes. Record-tall skyscrapers built in fractions of the time it takes for traditional construction. Extensive housing for all incomes that nonetheless set the bar ever -higher in terms of quality of life. All built better, stronger, faster and larger than anything we can build now.

Technology makes these goals possible, and making the investments to achieve them is one of our top priorities.

Digital Communication

Digital Communication

The American Alliance Party was founded by Americans with extensive backgrounds in information technology and data management. We're programmers, systems analysts and data architects, and as such, place immense importance on recognizing the benefits that a free and open internet brings our society. Our way of life was made possible by public investment in networking technology, and we believe it is imperative not only to continue that trend, but accelerate it greatly towards reaching new heights and lower costs. Some of the ways we intend to accomplish this goal include:

Net Neutrality

Defending Net Neutrality. Presently, federal law requires that all information transferred over the internet must be treated equally by information carriers. As a result, it's currently illegal for a company to pay an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to restrict access to unfavorable information or enact measures to slow it down in favor of a pay-to-play “fast lane.” This concept is commonly known as data neutrality or “Net Neutrality.”

However, wealthy interests behind telecommunications have engaged in a disingenuous campaign to change this and close off our open internet in furtherance of greater profits. Hiding behind the complexity of information systems and the lack of public familiarity with them, these interests peddle blatant falsehoods such as “it's too expensive to support data neutrality,” that “a tiered internet creates more consumer choice” or that Net Neutrality is somehow “government over-regulation run amok.”

These backhanded lies are factually indefensible. Net Neutrality protections for internet traffic are no different than laws preventing your telephone carrier, for example, from dropping more calls than your neighbor's because they opted to pay more. They're there for good reason. The Alliance Party is not in the business of allowing deceptive schemes to extort more money from the American people, and we will vehemently oppose any attempts to bind our internet in bad faith.

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Expanding Internet Access. Although the United States was the original inventor of internet technologies, the quality and cost of American internet service is today lower and more expensive than most other Western countries.

While this is in part due to greater foreign investment in wireless technology as opposed to faster wired networks and the fact that our nation is significantly larger than most of our counterparts, this problem is rooted largely in a combination of two causes. The first are regulatory barriers that make it difficult for new companies to enter the market, and the second is unchecked greed from Internet Service Providers who make billions of dollars by overcharging Americans for internet service.

Today, the majority of internet traffic is provided by what's known as Tier 1 network. These networks are backbones of our internet, and the companies we pay internet bills to (ISPs such as Comcast, Time Warner, etc.) connect to Tier 1 networks to deliver internet to our homes and business in what's known as “The Last Mile.” To pose an analogy, if Tier 1 networks are highways, an ISP is your local street. Yet ISPs charge exhorbitantly higher costs for their services than Tier 1 networks do simply because they can in their role as middleman.

It is a priority of the American Alliance Party to reduce their role through several measures, including:

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Promoting and funding municipal internet. Through appropriate legislation, we would seek to make it easier for local governments to fund their own internet service. Additionally, we would seek to invalidate state laws passed at the behest of the telecom lobby that prevent local governments from doing just that. If a town or city wishes to fund their own internet service, wealthy private companies should have no say in preventing them.

Running fiber cables through Universal Energy's systems. Two of the technologies behind the Universal Energy framework, Solar Roadways and the National Aqueduct are intentionally designed with the capability to run fiber and data cables. In doing so, we have a nigh limitless platform to use public infrastructure to create a secondary Tier 1 network at negligible cost. This can dramatically expand the scale and capacity of American internet service as a public utility, translating to extensive social benefits.

Fast-tracking FCC approval for new ISPs. Although we seek to expand the scale of public internet nationwide and weaken the grip of the telecom monopoly and its army of lobbyists, we also believe that there can never be too much competition. New innovative companies might be able to offer a higher quality of service that consumers can choose to purchase, and we seek to make it easier for new companies to emerge that can improve how we virtually communicate. We intend to accomplish this through a mixture of fast-tracking FCC approval for a company to act as an ISP, while also raising their Corporate Class to lower their tax bill and the taxes paid by their investors.

Network Privacy

Respecting and Promoting Privacy Information security is of utmost importance, yet data security and data privacy are inherently intertwined. Most secure systems are breached by discovering private information about individuals that are then used to guess passwords or answers to knowledge-based questions.

Additionally, privacy violations can lead to other nefarious activity such as extortion or blackmail, saying nothing of the potential for political oppression by foreign governments (or craven Congressmen) that would sooner trample on the rights of citizens rather than empower them.

In recognition of these facts, the Alliance Party seeks to pass legislation that respects the privacy rights of Americans and keeps sensitive information free from prying eyes. This includes increased restrictions on how companies can sell data to advertisers, how government services can conduct surveillance and circumstances in which Americans can be compelled to reveal private information securely stored on electronic devices.

Just as importantly, we seek to promote material educating the public on how to secure their data from outside intrusion. In in doing so, we intend to partner with public interest organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation to establish best-practices to secure private data that can be followed by individuals and organizations alike. Our constitution and form of government owes its existence to a respect of individual privacy, and it is our goal to extend that respect to all areas of cyberspace.

Open Security Protocols. Recognizing that respect of privacy must be more than lip service, the Alliance Party promotes greater expansion of public key encryption ciphers, hashing algorithms and security protocols. Specific proposals include:

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Open VPN and SSL certificates for websites. We intend to partner with nonprofit public interest organizations to establish an SSL standard with publicly issued certificates for all website traffic to prevent interception from third parties. Additionally, we would seek to fund the support of open VPN access and expand services such as Tor for individuals looking for extra security protections against malicious surveillance.

  • Standardize Multi-Factor Authentication. One of the strongest security protections available is multi-factor authentication, which is when another device (such as an app on your smartphone) generates a unique code alongside your password to use when logging into something. That way even if a password is stolen, this second factor keeps your data private. Although extremely effective, there is no current standard to enable this feature across all websites and personal devices. We seek to work with top organizations to change this and implement a national standard for this simple enhancement to data security.

    Expand Public-Key Encryption. The Alliance Party seeks to work with information security experts to promote ever-stronger encryption ciphers, setting 2048-bit as the minimum encryption standard. Additionally, we will spark initiatives for encrypting all server communication and protocols to ensure maximum protection of private data.

    Mandatory database hashing. Lastly, we further seek to standardize database table hashing to ensure that a database, even if stolen, can't easily be opened to reveal private information. The minimum standard we would promote is SHA2/KDF with a hash salt.

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    Scientific Research

    Advanced Research

    Advanced research and development must come from all areas of our society, not just secret government laboratories and the inner-workings of America's foremost engineering firms.

    We get the society we invest in, and we believe that society should have dedicated social services that innovate for the future benefit of our society. This comes through our proposed Research and Development Service that's tasked with discovering the tools to build a better world.

    Examples of areas this service would focus on include quantum computing, sophisticated material and polymer engineering, robotics, communications, aerospace and medicine. The resources of society should be used to improve society, and through this service we can move ever-closer to advancements that keep America on the cutting edge.

    Unlike other research organizations, the findings of the Research and Development Service would be released to the public. If a discovery warranted, this service would apply for public patents that, once granted, could be used free of charge by American citizens and American businesses (foreign companies would have to pay licensing fees). We also seek to interweave research and development deeply within our public universities to maximize public benefit through our approach to improving higher education.

    There are challenges facing our future that pose questions we don't yet have answers to. This problem is defined by limitations we plan to solve through federal services dedicated to advanced research.

    Next-Generation Transportation

    Next-Generation Transportation

    Recent technical advances have made possible types of transportation that were once thought restricted to works of science fiction. The Alliance Party intends to invest in these advancements and extend them further to the benefit of our society and our future way of life. Examples include:

    Driverless Cars. Between traffic jams, auto accidents and distracted/drunk driving, our relationship to vehicles has room for improvement. This need has been increasingly met by the prospect of driverless cars that have thus shown a nigh-perfect safety record - an impressive feat since more than 30,000 Americans die every year in car crashes with tens of thousands more injured. Although more research and standardization needs to be in place before larger-scale adoption, we are encouraged by the progress made thus far and are looking forward to the day where we can confidently rely on automated vehicles for our transportation needs.

    Larger drones and quadcopters. The rapid rise of drone technology has opened up doors for the larger-scale transportation of consumer goods and possibly even people. The Alliance Party openly encourages the advancement of this technology, and seeks to work alongside aviation experts to help create preliminary guidelines for their optimal use.

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    Maglev Trains. Several factors from distance to lobbying have hindered the adoption of more advanced train technology in the United States. This is a problem the Alliance Party seeks to solve by investing in Maglev Trains that modernize rail transportation and relieves congestion in our airports and highways. Able to travel at speeds exceeding hundreds of miles per hour, advancing our rail networks to the scale of our European and Asian counterparts can stand as the right kind of example showing that America is in the business of moving forward.

    Advanced Aerospace

    Advanced Aerospace

    Scramjet aircraft

    From the time man first took flight, in a period of less than fifty 50 years, we had the jet engine and walked on the moon less than twenty five25 years after that. That wasn't the limit of what we could accomplish - it was simply the beginning. The Alliance Party seeks to make significant investments in our aerospace capabilities through our proposed Research and Development Service and also through partnerships with America's top engineering firms. Some of these investments include:

    • Researching the possibility of establishing hydrogen as an aircraft fuel standard.
    • Accelerating research into a future Mars mission and permanent manned presence.
    • Expanding research into non-turbofan jet engines (SCRAM/SABRE) and the potential for hypersonic travel.
    • Researching the feasibility of centrifugal orbital delivery, and with it, means of space junk management and orbital construction of larger-scale craft.

    A Supercharged Economy

    A Supercharged Economy

    American Workforce

    Alongside Universal Energy, making this scale of investment into our society stands to launch our economy into uncharted territory.

    Beyond freeing up resources that once had to be devoted to addressing social problems caused by resource scarcity and crumbling social infrastructure, a nationwide drive to achieve these goals opens up new frontiers that dramatically increase job demand.

    The first areas are within system engineering and the companies that develop sophisticated technology for a living. Today, these companies often make their money by building high-tech weapons. But if you can build a Generation-V fighter jet you can build anything, and advanced infrastructure is no exception.

    Advanced Research Laboratory

    Companies that demonstrate the greatest capabilities to develop these systems and advance our infrastructure in these respects will see a spike in contract requests and they will need to hire influxes of skilled workers to meet them.

    This will further spur job demand within multitudes of technical skills: physics, metallurgy, engineering, computer science, graphic modeling, automated manufacturing, 3-D printing, quality control, human resources, project management, advertising and marketing - a short list among more.

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    As these companies expand along with increasing job demand, they in turn will need to expand their acquisition of materials and resources to develop the systems they were contracted to develop. They will need to buy materials, tools, vehicles, fixtures, office space, uniforms, amenities and everything else that comes from the manufacturing world. All of this will create jobs.

    It will also create job demand in industrial sectors these companies depend on to operate, which in turn will create job demand in all of the support and promotion positions that make their own businesses possible. This job demand will create additional demand for schools and the educators to staff them along with all of the support and service positions that make their jobs possible.

    American Welder

    Combined, sparking this drive stands to bring back American manufacturing in a big way. Where once towns had to survive by mining coal or milling steel, they can see prosperity once again by building advanced energy technologies and the supporting systems for next-generation infrastructure. The once-proud regions of American manufacturing can be proud once again through the innovations they build by their own hands - innovations that make our world a better place to live.

    Yet as we would have the head start on the research and development behind these technologies, and by implementing them first in our country, we would become their foremost experts. And as we have engineered them and perfected their ideal means of deployment, we position ourselves to be their best providers to other countries.

    Advanced research laboratory

    The potential size of this market internationally is in the trillions of dollars over the long term, as our expertise with these technologies would translate to repeat business in contracts for maintenance, upgrades, etc., providing future revenue streams to American business and the American workforce.

    It forges a new engine for our national economy that enables a universal degree of domestic prosperity. Present attempts to address income inequality and the coming job losses due to automation have proposed limiting the ceiling to fund the social safety net. Instead, we propose to invest in technology that can simply raise the floor and provide a white-hot job market along the way. Redefining our limitations and maximizing our capabilities towards a future that was once defined by science fiction, the dreams of the trailblazers before us can now be made real by the power we hold in tomorrow's potential.

    Prefabricated Home

    Should we make this investment and retool our economy and infrastructure to meet this goal, it can reset our relations with the world at large and expand our ability to further policy interests through diplomacy. Instead of being the world's largest arms producer, we can make far more money selling the tools that solve our most vexing social problems. Instead of living in a world where American weapons are sold to tyrants to oppress their own people, American technology can be sold to fledgling democracies to empower their citizens to join the global community as willing, grateful participants.

    That is the vision we have for Advanced Economy and Infrastructure as we refer to it, and alongside solving resource scarcity making that vision a reality is the core mindset of the American Alliance Party. Where this vision to some might seem ambitious, we instead believe that it should be the new standard, one set as casually as we tie our shoes on the first minute of the first day - the first step on a path on which we can take many more.

    Striving for American excellence is not a political charade or fodder for empty promises. It is a core perspective on how our nation has gotten this far and how far it can go in the future. The truth behind that perspective is that we can take it as far as we wish, that not only can we push the envelope on what we thought possible - we can instead redefine the envelope of what we thought possible - by our own hand and on our own terms.

    Should you share this vision for our future, stand with us, and let's get started on building it today.

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