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Monday, March 30, 2009

Patri Friedman on Seasteading

Via Chris Moody of Cato: Patri Friedman will be speaking on seasteading at the Cato Institute Tuesday, April 7.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Freedom Ship officials make no bones that 'the captain’s word will be final.'"

Floating Utopias: The degraded imagination of the libertarian seasteaders
By China Mieville

April 01, 2009 4:04 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I'm not familiar with the "Freedom Ship," but that article is a shameful and childish misrepresentation of libertarianism.

April 03, 2009 9:02 AM  
Anonymous The Seasteading Institute said...

Hi Kevin, thanks for posting info about the talk!

April 07, 2009 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah I agree with Andrew, that article definitely has some inaccuracies, aside from the fact that the author clearly hates libertarians. For example, he characterizes libertarians at one point as failed capitalists, suggesting that we don't believe in freedom for its own sake but merely because we tried to win big under statism and came out dry. Or the constant allusions to Reagan and Pinochet, etc.

Some of his concerns like ships with thousands of private police with deadly weapons enforcing the captain's dictatorial will are legitimate; but it's hard to take the good parts of the article seriously because of the constant smearing and condescension toward libertarians.

April 11, 2009 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Mark said...

One of the most entertaining articles on that site is not about seasteading but a link to another blogger who is quite talented and takes up the matter, indirectly. Check him out: http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/2009/05/democraphobia-goes-slightly-viral.html

May 09, 2009 9:39 PM  
Blogger TokyoTom said...

Why don`t these seasteaders start off by providing services, such as long-term contracts with island nations to defend their fisheries and EEZs against illegal exploitation?

They could do well by doing good, and attract plenty of positive attention that way.

May 19, 2009 7:52 PM  

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