Against seasteading

Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Pat Cahalan says:

    I’m not so sure they’d be way ahead of the rest of us. It’s damn difficult to produce enough biomass to feed a decent sized population on something with no actual land. Plus, the thing they’re living on can actually be sunk, if someone wants to be a big enough pirate about it.

    Now, a nice island tucked up off the coast of B.C…Report

  2. MadRocketScientist says:

    A single sea-stead would be near to suicide, since it could not hope to be large enough to withstand a storm, nor self-sufficient. A sea-stead community could be large enough to withstand weather, but would have difficulty in producing enough food variety without some serious hydroponics setup.

    However, a community could mass produce goods which could be traded, such as fuel and/or fertilizer from algae (bio-diesel or ethanol), etc., in essence becoming a co-op. Another business model could be as way stations for private boaters who need to refuel, rest, repair, or rescue.

    As for pirates, once you are outside the 12 mile limit, you can keep damn near whatever firepower you want (& can acquire) to defend your little sea-stead. A little forethought could make a sea-stead an extremely uninviting target for pirates.Report

  3. North says:

    Rise Rapture Rise!!!!Report