On this week’s podcast, Patri Friedman, executive director and chairman of the board of The Seasteading Institute, discusses seasteading. Friedman discusses how and why his organization works to enable floating ocean cities that will allow people to test new ideas for government. He talks about advantages of starting new systems of governments in lieu of trying to change existing ones, comparing seasteading to tech start-ups that are ideally positioned to challenge entrenched companies. Friedman also suggests when such experimental communities might become viable and talks about a few inspirations behind his “vision of multiple floating Hong Kongs”: intentional communities, Burning Man, and Ephemerisle.
- Seasteading: Institutional Innovation on the Open Ocean, by Friedman and Brad Taylor (pdf)
- “Live Free or Drown: Floating Utopias on the Cheap,” Wired
- “Homesteading on the High Seas,” Reason