Libertarian Islands Becoming Reality

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Maverick74, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Maverick74


    No Ricter, you can't come!


    Silicon Valley billionaire funding creation of artificial libertarian islands
    By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout –

    Pay Pal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has given $1.25 million to an initiative to create floating libertarian countries in international waters, according to a profile of the billionaire in Details magazine.

    Thiel has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which seeks to build sovereign nations on oil rig-like platforms to occupy waters beyond the reach of lat-of-the-sea treaties. The idea is for these countries to start from scratch--free from the laws, regulations, and moral codes of any existing place. Details says the experiment would be "a kind of floating petri dish for implementing policies that libertarians, stymied by indifference at the voting booths, have been unable to advance: no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons."

    "There are quite a lot of people who think it's not possible," Thiel said at a Seasteading Institute Conference in 2009, according to Details. (His first donation was in 2008, for $500,000.) "That's a good thing. We don't need to really worry about those people very much, because since they don't think it's possible they won't take us very seriously. And they will not actually try to stop us until it's too late."

    The Seasteading Institute's Patri Friedman says the group plans to launch an office park off the San Francisco coast next year, with the first full-time settlements following seven years later.

    Thiel made news earlier this year for putting a portion of his $1.5 billion fortune into an initiative to encourage entrepreneurs to skip college.

    Another Silicon Valley titan, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, announced in June that he would be funding the "Clock of the Long Now." The clock is designed to keep ticking for 10,000 years, and will be built in a mountain in west Texas.
  2. pspr


    I wouldn't want to be on the libertarian "island" when a hurricane came calling.
  3. Ricter


    <del>Who's going to vacuum their carpets?</del> Who's going to grow their food?
  4. Maverick74


    So that's how you are going to sneak your way on huh? Very clever Ricter. Very clever.
  5. Lucrum


    I think all that LSD is killing your brain cell<s>s</s>.
  6. Max E.

    Max E.

    Yep, they sneak onto the island under the false pretense that they are there to help with the work libertarians dont want to do, then next thing you know they are going on strike, unionising, demanding free healthcare, and demanding that people take care of the poor.

    No thx, i will vacuum my own damn carpet......:D

    And if we ever have any natural disasters on our island we can just do what every other country in the world does, and ask the U.S. for money, and let them clean our mess up. :D
  7. Maverick74



    Now that is some funny shit. :D
  8. Ricter


    I have a farm, I don't need them. : )
  9. TGregg


    There are quite a lot of people who've watched these things come and go and NEVER EVER succeed. There is a line of people who've dumped money into schemes like this that stretches even further back in history than the net.
  10. Ricter


    The big problem for these guys is, paradoxically, that they have the money to try it.

    "To cooperate in the highest as well as the lowest sense, means to get our living together. I heard it proposed lately that two young men should travel together over the world, the one without money, earning his means as he went, before the mast and behind the plow, the other carrying a bill of exchange in his pocket. It was easy to see that they could not long be companions or cooperate, since one would not operate at all. They would part at the first interesting crisis in their adventures."

    Henry Thoreau, Walden.
    #10     Aug 16, 2011