Over at Gizmodo, Adam Frucci conducted an interview with Patri Friedman, executive director of the Seasteading Institute, an organization devoted to trying to convince open seas frontiersmen to live on a gigantic slab of concrete in the middle of the ocean. It’s a pretty fascinating discussion on the subject… especially this snippet, in which Patri (after being asked) talks about the problem of a micro-nation of pedophiles being set up:
Each community will decide and enforce its own rules. More importantly, each community will decide its own procedures for deciding on its rules. The point is not just to create one political system or type of system, but to make a turnkey product for creating new countries, so that lots of different groups will try lots of different things, and we can all learn from it.
The one rule I think seasteads should enforce on each other is the right for individuals to choose their society. As long as people are freely choosing their society, then as far as I’m concerned the society can pick whatever rules it wants.
Personally, I want a society that’s very libertarian for internal affairs, except for strong national security rules against doing anything that will piss off a military power (exporting drugs, laundering money, polluting). Basically the vision of “As much freedom as we can reasonably get away with”.
I think forcefully kidnapping 14 year old girls to service a floating nation of perverts would pretty quickly bring a battleship knocking. Patri’s whole interview seems like what it probably is: a retired Google software engineer’s crazy pipe dream of setting up his own Snowcrash-style Raft. But at least Patri’s got the business model figured out: timeshares!