I’d move in a heart beat.
Pay Pal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has given $1.25 million to an initiative to create floating libertarian countries in international waters, according to a profile of the billionaire in Details magazine.
Thiel has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which seeks to build sovereign nations on oil rig-like platforms to occupy waters beyond the reach of law-of-the-sea treaties. The idea is for these countries to start from scratch—free from the laws, regulations, and moral codes of any existing place. Details says the experiment would be “a kind of floating petri dish for implementing policies that libertarians, stymied by indifference at the voting booths, have been unable to advance: no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons.”
“There are quite a lot of people who think it’s not possible,” Thiel said at a Seasteading Institute Conference in 2009, according to Details. (His first donation was in 2008, for $500,000.) “That’s a good thing. We don’t need to really worry about those people very much, because since they don’t think it’s possible they won’t take us very seriously. And they will not actually try to stop us until it’s too late.”
Will the sale of under age prostitutes/pornography, rocket launchers and assault rifles, and uninspected, dangerous vehicles, appliances and other products be legal? Will homes need to meet any standards and if so, isn’t that regulation of the market? Will exploitation of underage, underpaid and overworked workers be legal?
Is libertarianism just isolationism? Is the idea of creating some libertarian utopia a betrayal? Are these people turning their backs on America?
Loving GoodReasonNews’ comments. Sounds like heaven: live in a house with no building codes, next to a power plant with no environmental regulations and next door to a guy who can own any assault rifle or explosives he likes; A place where police serve the highest bidder and your 15yr old can buy vodka, a pack of ciggies and a hooker with his allowance. What could go wrong?
Exactly, but bring up this point to any libertarian I guarantee you they’ll dismiss you and say you’re being silly. Know why? Because they don’t really believe what they say. If they did they’d advocate everything you say. They’re just Republicans, trying to give hostage-holding big businesses the advantages they want over the working man. That’s all a libertarian really is, or else they’re someone who’s been duped by charismatic libertarian’s who have freed them of the burden of siding with the uncool Evangelical style social conservative while still getting to cling to those ideals.
It’s hypocrisy and it’s a scam.
Are you for or against gay marriage?
Liberal: For, every consenting adult deserves the right
Conservative: Against, some bullshit about sky daddy’s ancient rules!
Libertarian: GOV’T SHOULDN’T BE INVOLVED IN MARRIAGE AT ALL, 10 BONUS POINTS FOR DODGING QUESTION WHILE ACTING SUPERIOR TO EVERYONE ELSE!
It’s an impractical response to a real world question. At least some of us are acknowledging that there are real human lives and not just ideals at stake here. It’s all well and good for you to sit there and bitch about gov’t and marriage, but you ain’t every gonna separate the two. At best, that’s a free-market radical’s idealist pipe dream. In reality, however, there are people trying to control your family and the question isn’t ‘how should we rebuild the entire political system and tax code as to free us from the responsibility of making this call,” it’s “what fucking side are you on?”