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Friday, November 30, 2012

What would it take for you to move to a seastead?

Five friends of FEE discuss the crucial issue

“A decent job, a good library, and a good community of people to talk to.” – Zachary Caceres, Guatemala/NY

“Stability. In all senses of the word. My wife gets seasick, and with a young family we would have to be concerned about personal security. It would have to be a reasonable size, otherwise things could get really boring really fast. To be honest, it would need a reasonable chance of an absolutely amazing, and to me unimaginable, upside to convince us to abandon dry land.” – Graham Brown, United Kingdom

“A very large community with millions of people and a thriving economy. I am a radical libertarian, and yet, right now my best option is to live in New York City, one of the most highly taxed and regulated places in the U.S. The sheer value of the social networks in NYC makes up for the taxation. I would be much freer in a place like New Hampshire, and yet it is too provincial for me.” – Arthur Breitman, NY

“It boils down to opportunity costs. If things on land get bad enough, I’d get in a rowboat with a tiger. Realistically, though, seasteads would have to offer a record of success and secure exit options before they could lure me away from terra firma.”  – Tom Bell, CA

“An ability to direct the creation of the first rule set that would govern until an iterative process of amendment began.” – Salton Rice, IL

What would it take for you?

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