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Our planet is suffering from serious environmental problems: coastal flooding due to severe storms caused in part by atmospheric pollution, diminishing natural resources such as clean water, and so on. But while these problems plague planet Earth, two-thirds of our globe is ocean. The seas can be home to pioneers, seasteaders, who are willing to homestead the Blue Frontier. Oil platforms and cruise ships already inhabit the waters; now it's time to take the next step to full-fledged ocean civilizations.

In their fascinating examination of a practical solution to our earthly problems, Joe Quirk and Patri Friedman profile some of the visionaries who are implementing basic concepts of seasteading: farming the oceans for new sources of nutrition; using the seas as a new sustainable energy source; establishing more equitable economies; and reinventing architecture to accommodate the demands of living on the ocean.

©2017 The Seasteading Institute (P)2017 Tantor

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"Passionate and convincing. The idea of individual sovereignty could finally come true with floating ocean cities." (Titus Gebel, Founder & CEO of Free Private Cities Ltd)

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To the sea we will return

I absolutely loved this book! I’ll admit that I was just curious when I got it after seeing it as an editor suggested read on another site, but I would have been very disappointed if I had not purchased it. The concepts are so simple, though each has its own complexity, that my blood has been pumping since I began listening to it. Free thinkers this is for you.

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unbelievable book that every person needs to read

the content in the layout of this book were outstanding. the sources the interviews and the in-depth knowledge I don't feel could be acquired anywhere else in such a dense material

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Wow

Quite a presentation. This Seasteading Project really felt like a Disney Epcot at Sea. Disney already full force in the cruise industry might be a prime candidate to partner with on this venture.

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Emmersive!

I couldn't stop listening. The ideas and cases made in this book are inspiring. Will listen to it again for sure.

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Unrealistic. Futile. These terms are more appropriate for solutions not involving seasteading.

The concept of seasteading is revolutionary. The author reminds us that revolutionary concepts have always been required to solve humanity’s greatest challenges.... or else they wouldn’t have been that great of a challenge. Some will say this idea is unrealistic, futile, or “pie in the sky”. To the contrary, I now wholeheartedly believe humanity will be thrashed by wave upon wave of turmoil, unless it can harness the potential of the seas. It’s almost as if borders are literally constraining land-based solutions from going too far outside of the box. Seasteading can break these antiquated bonds and free humanity from their death grip. It’s fantastic, but no more fantastical than the idea that humans would walk on the moon less than a century after it first took flight. Throughout every chapter of this well-written book, I was captivated. I smiled cheek to cheek every time the author playfully imagined future seasteaders asking land folk, “how do you manage X on land?” I found myself constantly astounded by the incredible aquapeneurs’ proposed solutions to problems I previously thought were unsolvable. The concept of seasteading doesn’t claim to have the answers, it simply envisions providing a (floating) platform for those that might. The true beauty of the seasteading concept is the accessibility for anyone who cares about any of the myriad of the world’s largest, most pressing issues. Environmentalists concerned about the deterioration of ecosystems (pollution, sea habitat destruction, rising CO2 levels). Humanitarians concerned about the less fortunate (poverty, homelessness, hunger). Those concerned about overpopulation and dwindling resources. Seasteading can unite us all. It can unite people like me, who are simply frustrated and fed up by the political climate of their countries, where the only constant seems to be how much worse it’s getting. On land, we are growing to hate each other for having different political solutions. With seasteading, we could actually start to appreciate and value differences in political thought, by being given the ultimate ability to “agree to disagree”. Everyone has nuanced political views and almost all of them are misaligned with the politics of most existing states. How can we find the best way to set up society when most methods cannot even be tried? Seasteading provides a framework for a political ecumenicism. A communist and a capitalist could both finally demonstrate their “true forms”, and perhaps both come to realize they both were wrong, and all without killing each other! Only through this Petri dish of societies will humanity devise the best way to organize itself. I hope one day in the future I will wake up, and open my blinds to the vision of a bustling, beautiful, ocean community. A community that I chose. Until then, I will espouse that dream, as well the seasteading concept, as much as possible. Sharing this book is how I will start. Of course, 5 out of 5 stars. And thank you, Mr. Friedman and Mr. Quirk, for giving me hope.

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Mind changer.

At first, I thought seasteading was for hermits and pirates. After reading this book, I’m convinced that seasteading is the future for humanity. We won’t have any other choice in 50 years. The gold rush is now and the opportunity to invest is just beginning.

Thanks for opening my eyes Joe.

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Wow! A bible of sorts for freedom lovers

For anyone who counts themselves a little of freedom, this is a must-read. So inspiring, so many possibilities, and so much of it is already happening! we just didn't know it!
Where is real freedom being created and expanded? Apparently out on the high seas. who knew?!

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An Important But Essentially Flawed Survey

The final chapter pretty well sums up the nature of this book:

Quirk and Friedman expound on their immigrant ancestors' hardship and struggle in "The American Experiment" as exemplars of their "moral" (their word) argument for "open borders" (their phrase).

Theirs is the heritage of what is now called "The Nation of Immigrants", not what Samuel Huntington called "The Nation of Settlers". As a result they are quite capable of elaborating on, if not appropriating, the culture upon which they rely. However, the foundation is lacking and, as such, the entire edifice crumbles to dust with the phrase "open borders".

The following is the proper principle upon which to found any frontier laboratory of states:

The current model of “human rights” must be replaced with a single, well defined, right to vote with your feet. This right to vote with your feet necessarily implies three material rights:

1. The material right to land.
2. The material right to transportation.
3. The material right to border enforcement.

#1 is obvious since you can’t put your social theory into practice without land. #2 is also obvious as people who cannot practically relocate cannot vote with their feet.

#3 _should_ be obvious but, due to the moral zeitgeist, it is not. Incarceration rates, particularly in the US, show us that there are two, fundamentally opposed, kinds of borders: Those that keep people out and those that keep people in. Of the two, the kind that keeps people in is least compatible with the right to vote with your feet. Even the US’s 13th Amendment to the Constitution has provision for involuntary servitude: Slavery for those imprisoned. We see a prison-industrial complex arising at the interface of government and capitalism to exploit this loophole in the 13th Amendment. The moral zeitgeist’s mandate is “let people in”. What is not admitted is this necessarily entails walls that keep people from leaving who are found to be “criminal” by the admitting society.

The moral zeitgeist has to reconcile its moral outrage at imprisonment with its moral outrage at border controls. The only realistic answer to this is absolute enforcement of free emigration combined with absolute tolerance of restrictive immigration.

The result would be compatible with all manner of new frontiers, as well as the reform of existing polities. Quirk and Friedman made a travesty of it.

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this book challenges the conventional wisdom

i finished this book in 2 days. fascinating and entertaining. highly recommended for all technology/freedom/futuristic lovers

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a whole nother world

it's hard to believe that someone has already figured out how to solve the problems of world poverty, war, and carbon dioxide buildup, but read this book and you'll get it. and Sean Pratt is the best didactic reader on the planet.