Seasteading, the new frontier

What a cool concept- the global community of sea-steaders are dreaming up a whole new way of life that could dramatically improve the way we interact with the environment, update how we define local governance, and upend the concept of borders.

Today on KQED’s Forum, Michael Krasny interviewed Patri Friedman (chairman of the board and co-founder of The Seasteading Institute, and co-author of “Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians”) and Joe Quirk (co-author).

Listen here.

As Patri Friedman reminds us in the interview, American revolutionaries took a huge leap and broke away from the British monarchy in an attempt to pursue their ideal of democratic governance. Their bold action changed the world. We need to do the same today.

From his perspective as a programmer, Patri learned that sometimes, in order to change a system, you have to take apart everything you’ve learned, and rebuild from scratch.

The seastead communities would be just that- rethinking how we live in society and building new models, from the sea, up.

Patri and  his team have the support of French Polynesia to build a floating community off the coast- and he talks about the fascinating details in the interview.

They are positioning seasteading as an entrepreneurial venture, encouraging as many different economic and political models as there are communities and personal preferences, with the idea that the best ones would naturally succeed.


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