The fringes of the Republican Party welcome those who think the income tax and FDA regulation of chemotherapy drugs are the equivalents of a boot stomping on a human face, forever. And there are socially tolerant segments of the Democratic Party that support the legalization of presently illicit drugs and the reduction of the prison-industrial complex. But where's the political home for those who think marijuana prohibition, gun control and government-placed traffic signals are all emanations of a fascist state?
That political home, of course, is in government-free Somalia, but for those who prefer a less famine-y clime, it can also be located on floating cities that will give volunteers the chance to experience true political freedom and the prospect of facing pirates without U.S. Navy assistance. This weekend in San Francisco, libertarians overcame their natural distrust of sharing to exchange ideas about how such societies might form…
"We want people to have freedom to experiment with new ideas and this is the last territory in which they can do that," said Seasteading Institute Senior Director Randolph Hencken in an interview with The Huffington Post.
Though the organization is still in its infancy, Hencken envisions ships and platforms of independent "islands" where scientists could conduct research without FDA regulation, communities could practice new forms of government and international entrepreneurs could set up shop off the coast of Silicon Valley without worrying about U.S. visas.
Though the Seasteading Institute has been widely talked about since at least 2009, seemingly little progress has been made, which is surprising considering how much of the design work has already been accomplished. Doesn't anyone have the blueprints for their parents' basement that can be used for building the staterooms?
Admittedly, the structural engineering of these autonomous floating republics is going to take some work. North Carolina conservatives may think they can pass a law against rising water, but libertarians are scientific-minded people, who are rightfully wary of high waves. Maybe they can be convinced to take the plunge if the Seasteading Institute told them that this rush of ocean isn't a tsunami, it's just the invisible hand taking a bath.
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