Seasteading Institute Partners With French Polynesia to Create Colony

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Many libertarians believe that the only way to bring about a government built on liberty and free markets is to create a nation. Already, many people are trying to make this theory reality.

Liberland, a nation on no man’s land between Croatia and Serbia, is one of these attempts that more than likely has a long way to go before it is recognized as a legitimate nation. Bitcoin Jesus Roger Ver wants to raise $500 million to negotiate buying land from an existing government to start a libertarian nation, but that is also a project that could take many years.

With many of these projects making slow progress, the Seasteading Institute,  started by Patri Friedman (son of Milton Friedman) that is dedicated to “empower[ing] people to build floating startup societys with innovative governance models,” may be closer than anyone to finally creating a libertarian nation.

The Architect Newspaper reports that “The community could be afloat soon—like, 2020 soon. The Floating Islands Project, as it is officially known, will be built with emerging floating-construction technology and is meant to attract investment to French Polynesia.”

The government of French Polynesia signed an agreement in January with the Institute to build a prototype of the floating city as long as it can demonstrate that the structure will not have adverse environmental effects and contribute to the Polynesian economy.

A platform for 20-30 people would cost around $15 Million according to Dutch Firm DeltaSync who built a prototype in a lake in Rotterdam.

The idea of libertarian nation seemed like a dream that would never come to fruition, so it’s encouraging to see that the opportunity might present itself sooner than thought.

Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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