ABout us

We continue our campaign this year with even more determination, facing the drive to control and modify our bodies through injections and pills, confronting the destruction of our economy by the printing up of money for multinational corporations by the Federal Reserve, responding to the poisoning of our environment with deadly chemicals and emissions, and now investigating the attack on Hawaii, following other such false-real operations, that threatens to become the start of a world war—a war like no previous war.

Please do join us now, while you still can make your own decisions without the permission of Siri or Bixby, while you can still get reliable information without having to identify which squares have boats or bicycles on them.

We stand for ordinary people like you, people who have had enough of watching the United States occupied by global financial interests that hide behind progressive or conservative masks while dishing out destruction with the ruthlessness of a serial killer, seizing control of local government using IT multinationals and privatized police and intelligence services.

We know that these people will never give up the loot; they have to be taken down. I promise that they will be taken down, one criminal at a time.

Our Constitution empowers you, and the elected officials chosen by you—and reporting to you. The Constitution does not include a single word about corporations, IT firms, private equity, billionaires, or the Democratic and Republican parties.

If we listen to the words of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the words and deeds of George Washington, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Eugene Debs, Franklin D. Roosevelt, or John F. Kennedy, we will uncover the ethical foundations for good governance in the United States that have been buried in a shallow grave by public relations firms, lobbyists, journalists, and legions of self-appointed experts.

The Declaration of Independence states:

“When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

You will not find such leadership anywhere in the US Congress, or anywhere in the White House. The gangrene of the soul has gone to the bone in Washington D.C. 

We must rebuild from the ground up, with faith and with determination to do what is right, with humility, righteousness, frugality, and charity. 

Together, we can move away from the deadly culture of consumption, extraction, and endless war that has infected the nation like a horrific virus. 


My name is Emanuel Pastreich and I am running for president of the United States.

I taught at the university for most of my career, starting back in 1998 at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My original specialty was East Asia, covering the cultures and histories of Japan, China, and Korea. After the catastrophes of 2001, I expanded my writings to cover contemporary politics, security, technology, and economics.

I made up my mind early on that because Asia was bound to become so central in the international community that it would be critical for the next generation of Americans to understand Asia accurately, and to be able to engage with Asians with the same level of sophistication that Asians engage with us.

I spent part of my career studying, and teaching, in Japan and Korea. That experience not only gave me a deeper understanding of what the United States needs to do in response to this new economic and political reality, but it also allowed me to see our country with greater clarity from the outside.

As president of the Asia Institute (founded in 2007) in Washington D.C., a think tank that conducts research on diplomatic, educational, and economic issues related to Asia, I strive to help Americans understand Asia as it is. I do so with a minimal budget, working with those who are committed to the truth, because I do not want to be indebted to rich funders.

I could see back in January of 2020 that the shutdown of the Federal government under the military-corporate COVID-19 operation had brought about a new level of institutional collapse in the United States that demanded action, not complaints or distractions. 

It was clear that the decayed political system was incapable of addressing any of the serious challenges facing the United States: climate change and the collapse of biodiversity, the concentration of wealth, the global arms race for profit, the seizure of the banking system by the billionaires, or the use of technology to dumb us down and control us.

In fact, when I looked around at the politicians, and not just the candidates for president, I observed that none of them were even mentioning these problems. Those politicians, and the corporations and banks that funded them, only practiced empty rituals, the repetition of magic incantations. They lacked the bravery and the tenacity required to respond to the real crisis in the United States. To be truthful, they could not even conceive of its nature.

I declared myself a candidate for president in 2020 because I knew that neither Mr. Trump nor Mr. Biden would become a legitimately-elected president with either moral or institutional authority. Sadly, my hunch proved true.

I drafted my declaration of candidacy and my initial speeches over a period of several weeks, convinced that nothing could be done in the United States unless we worked outside of the system and that therefore only an independent candidate would be capable of moving the country in a healthy direction.

We needed, in short, to follow the import of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the two texts that determine what the nation is, and what it is not. Equally clear was the fact that the flimsy excuses and misleading explanations fed to us by the New York Times, Fox News, or by either of the two corporate parties, should be ignored.

Many who knew the scale of the crisis, nevertheless dismissed my efforts as a stunt.

And yet the cultural chaos, purposely stirred up by the billionaires, that I saw around me only inspired me to go forward, to try and make a difference by speaking the truth, and by not bowing down to the false gods that wallow in Washington D.C.

No matter how the political consultants, the lobbyists, and the operators in the two political parties ignored me while they laid down roadblocks, I knew that truth is bulletproof, and that the Constitution, the core document that defines the United States, clearly recognized me as qualified to run for the presidency.

Driven from the United States after taking that lonely stand against hypocrisy and criminality, I spent three years in Korea—but now I am back, and I am even more determined.

I want to launch something bigger: not a mere presidential campaign, but a powerful movement that will be the equivalent to the anti-slavery movement of the 1850s. We will not compromise with the parasites who try to control our economy and our culture.

I met with many people, from the working poor to teachers and restaurant employees, to drivers and factory workers. I am convinced that I can represent their interests best in part because I have no money, no assets, no house, and I was unemployed for over two years as part of the struggle against operation COVID.

Although I came originally from a privileged background, I know now what working people must suffer through.

The established powers have erected high walls in Washington D.C. to make sure that no one like me will ever be covered in the media, will ever be invited to any events, will ever be considered as someone worth listening to.

And we know already too well that even the so-called alternative media does not want to hear what we have to say about the tens of trillions that was stolen from us by global finance over the last decade, about the true nature of the 9/11 incident, or about the deadly implications of the collapse of biodiversity, and the spread of microplastics and other chemical compounds in our water, soil, and air.

But cracks have appeared in those concrete walls, and they are widening.

It is obvious that only a complete transformation of our politics can save us, and that the two corporate-political parties, wallowing in money and privilege, cannot measure up to the task.

Pundits and politicians, calling themselves progressive or conservative, fight with each other for the honor of offering up an unholy sacrifice to that filthy idol known as the corporate media. They dumb down their words, avoid taboo topics, and bend over backwards to please those who matter. They assume that because the corporate media has the power to make or break anyone, by slander or by cooked up scandals, that they can never dare to look the false god in the eyes.

If I must have the backing of the rich and raise millions in loot, if I must be featured in the corrupt media in order to be a candidate, then I am not qualified to be president.

But the reality is that if the other candidates are taking money from investment banks, from multinational corporations, or from the billionaires themselves who are destroying our society and our Earth, then it is they, and not I, who are not qualified.

Let us pursue truth and justice—without fear, favor, or prejudice.

Our campaign, our movement, demands that everything should change in the sense that John Brown demanded that everything change when he and his followers put forth a “Provisional Constitution and Ordinances” in 1859, declaring that slavery was criminal by its very nature, a war against the citizens of the nation.

The billionaires and their corporations are turning you into slaves—there can be no doubt about it.

As Frederick Douglass wrote so eloquently,

“Men may not get all they pay for in this world, but they must certainly pay for all they get.”

Nothing, my fellow citizens, has changed about human nature since then. Let us focus on the real state of the United States, not the fantasy America shown to us on Facebook.

Let us demand real action. Let us take real action.

We have had enough of pretty words.


Emanuel Pastreich has emerged over the last two decades as the leading voice for rationality and science in domestic policy, in diplomacy, and in security, someone who stresses long-term planning and advocates for addressing the real social, cultural, economic, technological and environmental dangers we face at home and abroad, not those cooked up by think tanks and consulting firms taking orders from private equity.

Pastreich set himself apart in the 2020 presidential election as the only candidate focused on the COVID-19 operation, 9/11 truth, the threat of climate and biodiversity collapse, the use of IT, nano and bio technologies to manipulate and destroy human society, the exponential concentration of wealth, the push for enslavement of the citizens by the super-rich, and the for-profit arms race.

Pastreich refused from the start to take money from the rich and powerful, and he was not discouraged that the corrupt media ignored his carefully crafted speeches and policy proposals. He considers the truth to be the most powerful weapon in his arsenal, one that must be articulated by a nation-wide movement—not a corrupt political party or a public intellectual promoted by dark forces behind the curtains.

Pastreich frequently quotes the philosopher Hannah Arendt when he describes his mission in this presidential campaign,

“Evil is never ‘radical;’ it is only extreme. It possesses neither depth nor any demonic dimension. It can overgrow and lay waste the whole world precisely because it spreads like a fungus on the surface. Evil defies thought because when thought tries to go to the roots of evil, it is frustrated, finding nothing there. That is the ‘banality’ of evil.”

That is to say that he wishes to take on evil, but that he will not promote simplistic blame games, or allow the crafty to play one group of citizens against another using religion, ethnicity, or ideological coloration to divide and confuse.
Pastreich is committed to reviving the traditions of internationalism, NOT globalism, and of a democratic economy that were pursued by Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Eugene Debs, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, and John F. Kennedy in their writings and actions.

He demands that the trillions given to multinational banks and corporations over the last ten years be returned, that conglomerates like Amazon and Facebook be run as regulated cooperatives, and that the assets of fossil fuel corporations be seized immediately, and their owners and administrators charged for the criminal action of presenting fraudulent information to the government and to the people concerning the catastrophic damage to the environment resulting from their products.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, Pastreich attended Lowell High School in San Francisco. He graduated from Yale College in 1987 in the major of Chinese literature and spent a year at National Taiwan University. His obtained his master’s degree from University of Tokyo and his Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations  from Harvard University.

Pastreich started his career at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as an assistant professor, arguing that Americans must have a sophisticated understanding of Asia in order to respond to the challenges of the 21st century.

He currently serves as president of the Asia Institute, a think tank focused on diplomacy, security and technology with offices in Washington D.C., Seoul, and Tokyo. He is the only American politician who is fluent in Japanese, Korean and Chinese.