Fascinating piece up by Brian Doherty on “seasteading” the anti-government project being pursued by grandson of economist Milton Friedman, Patri Friedman, to create modular, stateless “seasteads” on the ocean. The question that leaps to mind, of course, is once a colony on the sea is realized, won’t the natural next step be to form some sort of governing body – some, dare I say, government? I’m not saying that this is the desired outcome, but isn’t this the likely one?
You can learn more about seasteading at Friedman’s institute homepage. Personally, I’ve always thought it would be neat to live in a houseboat at a harbor – or harbors – which isn’t quite the “government-free” zone that Friedman envisions, but would be kind of liberating nonetheless.