The Seasteader’s strategy of creating new freer countries to provide competition for old authoritarian ones is conceptually powerful but always seemed slightly unlikely. The thought of living in a tiny community at sea means the default position for anyone supportive is it sounds great, but is “not for me”. Nevertheless Patri Friedman has long been building up a community of passionate supporters and providing experiences and experiments for them to test their enthusiasm and try to learn about practical problems in advance.
Now he seems to be putting his own enthusiasm to the test. His latest initiative is a systematic survey to try and find the actual people to populate the first actual Seastead:
Are you ready to take the leap toward the blue frontier? Do you crave personal freedom, and the chance to be a part of the first community at sea? Or perhaps you simply seek a fresh start, new economic opportunities, and the peace and solitude of an ocean community.
We hope to make seasteading accessible to as wide an audience as possible, but recognize that the earliest communities will comprise financially independent individuals with the means to afford an upscale residence in a major metropolitan area, either living at sea full time or as a timeshare. Gathering data from interested people who meet our criteria is part of a broader, comprehensive seastead plan, investigating common denominators of the majority of respondents. This plan is rooted in the belief that the seasteading movement is ready to advance to the next level.
The fact that many questions are quantitative (how much space, at what price, for how long) seems to suggest an investment decision is going to be made on the basis of this data. Let’s hope so: it’s not for me but it is a good idea.