French Polynesia Voids Deal With Seasteading Institute

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Hopes of having the world’s first floating city have been momentarily halted as French Polynesian officials now state that the deal made with the Patri Friedman founded Seasteading Institute “was not a legal document and it expired in 2017.”

Citizens of Tahiti were concerned that the Floating Islands Project would promote “tech colonialism” and one local radio host “described the seastead as a cross between “visionary genius” and “megalomania” — an obsession with the domination of others.” He also claimed that the project was just an excuse for rich American to not pay taxes.

There were also concerns that the local population was not being consulted as a part of the project.

The Institute had announced the deal in January of 2017 of building a prototype as long as they could demonstrate that the floating platforms would not have adverse environmental affects and be a help to the Polynesian economy.

The estimated cost was around $15 million for a 20-30 person platform and at least $225 million for the proposed prototypes of the entire floating island with an additional $8 million to keep them running.

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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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