Seasteading

Seasteading” is a long, amazing post that is very much worth reading. It’s “1984” all over again, but worse.

Are we really about to enter an age of extreme, anarchist wealth? I was aware that many of the ultra-rich are hoarding their money offshore. And many more have secured and stockpiled luxury survivalist redoubts in isolated areas.

Given the results of the 2012 presidential election — disappointing in the extreme to the super-rich — it’s not unreasonable to think that some of them might be of a mind to give up on democracy. Not that they ever liked the concept of popular rule.

Many among the wealthy seem to have a paranoid, survivalist bent. Are they crazy, or do they know something we don’t?

And why would they want to coop themselves up in some mountain hideaway or aboard a luxury oil rig or ocean liner, when they already have the Cayman Islands?

Obviously, there are many things I do not know or understand. — John

This Ruthless World

For years now, slow-news days have brought us the breaking news that the world’s richest people — and hence the world’s best — fed up with taxation, government regulation, and having to co-exist with the unwashed masses without hunting them for sport, are about to go off to live on a modified oil rig, a “project” known as ”seasteading”. Alternatively, they may inhabit a giant cruise ship.

On the surface, it looks like a perfect futuristic Galt’s Gulch, a cluster of manicured, pastel-colored apartment buildings separated from the world of “parasites” by the forbidding ocean, but yet within a safe distance of some friendly country, one that does not mind having billionaire excrement, broken champagne bottles, and an occasional dead body washing up on its beaches. There are no taxes to pay, no building codes, no labor laws, no zoning regulations, no legal protections for non-residents (you know…

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