It seems to me that human progress is slowed by the speed that laws keep up. New technologies permit new frontiers. The laws stay old-fashioned.
Our progress is not halted by any one thing. Many diverse issues concern people. Once they work to get laws passed, we become mired in the past.
Look at the laws of the country. There is regulation after regulation. So often they only serve to keep out the little guy, the fresh minds. Laws become points of control for powerful organizations. Government is then not defense against chaos, but a weapon against peace.
Maybe we can start a system that doesn’t have these ancient problems. Seasteading may be that system. As I give it more thought I become more intrigued.
Imagine a constructed island floating on the water. It’s free from the baggage of the past. It’s free to innovate and diversify. These seasteads are ideal springboards for discovering new ways of human cooperation.
Building a platform on the ocean lets you set the rules from scratch. You start anew. You look through history and find the best ideas for humankind to test. Put all the good ideas together and you have substantial improvement in human welfare.
Seasteading is great because it allows alternative theories to work together. The hard engineering problem is common to all. Capitalists and socialists can work together to design a structure to freely live apart.
In the case of technological destabilization, seasteading offers hope. Say a nuclear weapon is unleashed by a tyrannical government. Free floating environments can be beacons of stability and prosperity in a dangerous world.
On an island environment the job market is dependent more on knowledge than labor. If you sell knowledge, you can sell to anyone in the world. Or maybe you’ll be a citizen of a particular island that suits your needs and travel the world building value for others.
It seems when you concentrate hardworking visionaries of a better world, things happen.
You don’t have to wait. You can get up and change things.
Interested? Check out the Seasteading Institute.