Seasteading, the future or another crazy billionaire’s toy?

What is a Seastead?

“a community living at sea and largely responsible for setting its own rules and culture”.

Basically it’s a floating community on a manmade island in the middle of the sea. There are a number of different designs which look like something straight out of the new Star Wars film.

Why not just move to an island that’s already there?

Well the tag line they are using is “liberate humanity from politicians” which means that they want to set their own rules. The idea is that by 2050 there will be thousands of these cities each offering a unique lifestyles. By placing the cities in international waters the seasteaders will be able to implement their own governance free from the present rules of society.

Can it work?

Difficult to say until they try really, however looking through the designs and engineering details they have published on their website they are not messing around. This is far from a Spruce Goose enterprise the theory seems sound.

Who is behind it?

The project is fronted by the chairmen Patri Friedman grandson of Milton Friedman who was the 1976 Nobel Laureate in economics. And the organisations president Joe Quirk who amongst other things calls himself an “Aquapreneur” (not sure about that..?).

Overall we think this could be something quite exciting if they get it off the ground, the principle of the idea is sound and we love the idea self-governance, giving the finger to man and starting again with some thought out principles and forward thinking!

If you want to know more check out their website, and we will see you on the MassPanic island.

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