Seasteading

Seasteading” is a long, amazing post that is very much worth reading. It’s “1984” all over again, but worse.

Are we really about to enter an age of extreme, anarchist wealth? I was aware that many of the ultra-rich are hoarding their money offshore. And many more have secured and stockpiled luxury survivalist redoubts in isolated areas.

Given the results of the 2012 presidential election — disappointing in the extreme to the super-rich — it’s not unreasonable to think that some of them might be of a mind to give up on democracy. Not that they ever liked the concept of popular rule.

Many among the wealthy seem to have a paranoid, survivalist bent. Are they crazy, or do they know something we don’t?

And why would they want to coop themselves up in some mountain hideaway or aboard a luxury oil rig or ocean liner, when they already have the Cayman Islands?

Obviously, there are many things I do not know or understand. — John

This Ruthless World

For years now, slow-news days have brought us the breaking news that the world’s richest people — and hence the world’s best — fed up with taxation, government regulation, and having to co-exist with the unwashed masses without hunting them for sport, are about to go off to live on a modified oil rig, a “project” known as ”seasteading”. Alternatively, they may inhabit a giant cruise ship.

On the surface, it looks like a perfect futuristic Galt’s Gulch, a cluster of manicured, pastel-colored apartment buildings separated from the world of “parasites” by the forbidding ocean, but yet within a safe distance of some friendly country, one that does not mind having billionaire excrement, broken champagne bottles, and an occasional dead body washing up on its beaches. There are no taxes to pay, no building codes, no labor laws, no zoning regulations, no legal protections for non-residents (you know…

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4 responses to “Seasteading

  1. Vicki Macray

    The seasteading article automatically assumes the worst in everyone. Boring, no-hope-for-the-future stuff. The article should be left in 1984.

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    • I thought the seasteading piece was not about “everyone.” Seems to me it’s about a handful of super rich folks who think they are the “best.” Their outlook is not boring and hopeless at all, but optimistic about a wonderful future in which they will be free of all bonds of civilization. They and their fortunes will sail off to some blissful utopia where they can do everything and anything they want to do. I wonder what it is that they want that they can’t already do in the U.S. right now, since they can afford anything that money can buy?

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  2. Please don’t link to the crappy Blueseed-Bilderberg article. It’s full of misinformation. See here Blueseed’s response – http://archive.is/jQMo

    Anyway, seasteading is SO not about the super rich. The super rich already have the Residensea and private yachts. Seasteading is simply an effort to allow people to experiment with new forms of government.

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