Recently, one of the most interesting and innovative ideas in the political field has come from The Seasteading Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Sunnyvale, California. Patri Friedman, the grandson of Milton Friedman, founded the institute in 2008. The core idea, in simplistic form, is this: Build self-sustaining islands and experiment with different political systems. With help from libertarian Peter Thiel, the co-founder of Pay-Pal and first investor in Facebook, Seasteading raised over $1,000,000 by December of 2010 and has received a fair amount of media coverage. It certainly will not be easy to carry out this project, but it is a novel idea.
Imagine if it were proven that a community without heavy government intereference can not only function but flourish? What if it could be shown that private charity, not governmental assistance, is the best way to take care of individuals in need? This idea is truly exciting and deserves more respect as a credible step toward a freer future. I absolutely hope it succeeds and proves statists wrong.Published in