‘Seasteading’ — the Newest Frontier for Lovers of Freedom

By Lee Bellinger / November 12, 2013

Here’s How Far Self-Reliant Individuals

Go to Avoid Bossy Government

Your options to live free and gain more independence from the yoke of big government are nearly limitless. That is, if you’re willing to think way outside the box:
  • You can investigate and consider relocating to libertarian communities built in foreign lands like Ecuador, Argentina, or Chile;
  • In the U.S., you can live in New Hampshire, the only state with neither a broad-based income tax nor a sales tax. The “Live Free or Die” state even has a furtive Free State movement;
  • Join the millions who move away from high tax states such as New York, and choose pro-business, low-tax states like Texas;
  • Give up U.S. citizenship or residency to free yourself from IRS and U.S. regulatory bondage; it may sound un-American to some, but the costs of citizenship have risen to untenable levels for many;
  • Or, you can follow the sturdy individuals who are looking to lay claim and homestead the international waters of the open ocean!
Liberty Island: Innovative Entrepreneurs Welcomed, No Visas Required…
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This may sound a little “out there,” but we are amazed that some people are so innovative when it comes to escaping the clutches of government. Consider these ideas now making their way toward plausibility:
Start-up company Blueseed is quickly on a path to build what amounts to a floating city in international waters with the aim to attract the world’s creative entrepreneurs. Billionaire Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel has backed this project and its think-tank-like cousin, the Seasteading Institute, for a number of years.
Their manmade “island” will float in international waters off the coast of California, just 30-minutes by helicopter from Silicon Valley, yet outside the reach of U.S. jurisdiction.
The island will provide luxury accommodations and high-tech business tools, along with the ability to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Its unique location (in international waters) allows the world’s entrepreneurs to live and conduct business near Silicon Valley without dealing with burdensome U.S. visas.
Yet, if they have a business idea or product that is scalable, they help entrepreneurs navigate U.S. law to get themselves set up in the Silicon Valley.
Will This Idea Take Off?
Will it be successful? Will they make a profit? We don’t know. The good news, compared to Newt Gingrich’s idea of setting up moon colonies, this is all privately funded!
Besides, Blueseed’s idea sounds like a bargain. Living and working arrangements on Blueseed start at just $1,600 a month, less than the cost of a luxury apartment in any major U.S. city. According to their website, “over 675 individuals from over 50 countries have already expressed interest in coming aboard.”
Plus, it’s privately funded and for-profit. The profit motive and free market (the most robust “regulation” around) will help strengthen the concept and make it viable – or push it to quickly shutter its doors – all at no expense to taxpayers.
Blueseed is New and Innovative, but it’s Not the First of its Kind…
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Claiming sovereignty on small plots of land or the open ocean has gone on for generations. However, for the last few decades establishing micro-nations has gone on mostly unnoticed.
One of the better known attempts was the Principality of Sealand, established in 1967. It was “claimed” by Prince Roy and went so far as creating its own postage stamps, coins, national anthem, passports, and flag.
Sealand is actually an abandoned World War II radar installation built on a platform that’s smaller than a single quarter-acre house lot. Talk about living a self-reliant lifestyle! The British government tried to shut down Sealand, but it sat in international waters and the government backed off.
In 1987, the U.K. extended its territorial waters to 12 miles, so Sealand now sits within British territory. And in 2006, a fire engulfed Sealand, damaging it severely. Today it sits unoccupied.
Central Governments Don’t Like Individuals Claiming
Dominion Over Their Own Lives
There is dispute whether these are “real” nations. Many micro-nations defend their position by claiming either the Montevideo Convention of 1933, which states a nation only need a defined territory, a permanent population, a government, and the capacity to enter into relationships with other nations. Or, the constitutive theory of statehood that claims a nation exists when other nations recognize it; as is the case with Taiwan for decades.
For the most part, individuals who start micro-nations don’t bother anyone, except power hungry bureaucrats.
For instance, in the early 1970s, U.S. millionaire Michael Oliver took over reefs located about 400 miles south of Fiji and claimed the area as the Principality of Minerva. His goal was to build a libertarian-inspired city-state for a population of roughly 30,000 persons, supported by light industries such as tourism and banking.
Busybody U.S. Bureaucrats May Hate This Even
More than the United Nations
In 1971, Australian barges shipped tons of construction material to develop the island, and by 1972, the island nation of Tonga annexed it to its own country, sending a navy gunship to clear the island of settlers.
For the moment, Blueseed looks like it is staying clear of problems by sitting in international waters and not claiming sovereign nation status. This could keep it free from military actions by central governments. But, who knows? Similar to the Internet, a thriving free-market enterprise which is independent of government meddling may prove to be a big temptation for statist busybodies.
But it’s what we have come to. Of course, the better solution would be for voters to periodically remind “public servants” that they are there to serve us, not service us. Are you registered to vote this November? Now would be a good time to do so!