Monday, August 15, 2011

the "motor of the world" wants to go boating..,

DailyMail | PayPal-founder Peter Thiel was so inspired by Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand's novel about free-market capitalism - that he's trying to make its title a reality.

The Silicon Valley billionaire has funnelled $1.25 million to the Seasteading Institute, an organization that aspires to launch a floating colony into international waters, freeing them and like-minded thinkers to live by Libertarian ideals.

Mr Thiel recently told Details magazine that: 'The United States Constitution had things you could do at the beginning that you couldn't do later. So the question is, can you go back to the beginning of things? How do you start over?'

The floating sovereign nations that Thiel imagines would be built on oil-rig-like platforms anchored in areas free of regulation, laws, and moral conventions.

The Seasteading Institute says it will 'give people the freedom to choose the government they want instead of being stuck with the government they get.'

The venture capitalist who famously helped Facebook expand beyond the Harvard campus, Mr Thiel called seasteading an 'open a frontier for experimenting with new ideas for government.'

After making his first investment in the project in 2008, Mr Thiel said: 'Decades from now, those looking back at the start of the century will understand that Seasteading was an obvious step towards encouraging the development of more efficient, practical public sector models around the world.

'We’re at a fascinating juncture: the nature of government is about to change at a very fundamental level.'

Mr Thiel and his colleagues say their ocean state would have no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons.

Aiming to have tens of millions of residents by 2050, the Seastead Institute says architectural plans for a prototype involve a movable, diesel-powered, structure with room for 270 residents.

The long-term plan would be to have dozens and eventually hundreds of the platforms linked together.

Patri Friedman, a former Google engineer who is working on the project told Details that they hope to launch a flotilla of offices off the San Francisco coast next year.

'Big ideas start as weird ideas,' Friedman said.

He predicted that full-time settlement will follow in about seven years.

But while some Ayn Rand acolytes may think the idea is brilliant, it's not without its critics.

6 comments:

Uglyblackjohn said...

Atlantis?

CNu said...

waterworld...,

Tom said...

As a kid I was an Ayn Rand fan ... but today I'd love to see those trying to impose what they call 'libertarianism' on us, all go and try it out on each other in the middle of the ocean.  

CNu said...

At the risk of invoking a BD special, I wonder what they'll do when Dennis Hopper and a boatload of hungry "smokers" come barreling into their floating Galtian retreat?

Tom said...

Oh, I don't doubt they'll be loaded up with handguns, toy 'laser sights,' movie-prop-looking shotguns, and other gun-show goodies.  

I.e., as soon as the real world shows up, they'll put the US Navy on speed dial.  We better work out the hourly rates on a carrier battle group in advance, just to avoid any misunderstandings.

brotherbrown said...

Ultimate white flight...out to sea. 

I wonder if the johngaltians intend to "withdraw their gifts."

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