Re: Reasons for sea communities?
Communities form where there are reasons for their existence. What
are the reasons that people foresee for the existence of communities
in the ocean? Here are a few, but there must be others:
I think there is a very important and very non-obvious reason to
found sea communities. It has to do with the economics of
government. The basic idea is that right now, the "business" of
government has an extremely high barrier to entry, and extremely high
costs in switching products. Thus its an inefficient industry, which
does a poor job of serving peoples needs.
If sea communities can be politically autonomous, that greatly lowers
the barrier of entry to being a government (just build a sea-city,
instead of having to fight a revolution or win tens of millions of
votes or whatever). If sea communities can shuffle around their
configuration (because moving an entire physical "village" or
"street" to a new neighborhood is actually practical when that street
is floating), this greatly lowers the cost of switching products.
The result is that any system of government, left or right,
libertarian or communist, will be significantly more efficient on a
sea-city. It will become a competitive industry.
(I had this idea independently. A very similar idea is mentioned by
David Friedman in _Machinery of Freedom_).
I have written up a longer version of this argument here:
and will be giving a talk on the subject at FreedomFest 2004 (
We summarize many of the business possibilities of a floating city here:
Patri Friedman patri at clevername dot net
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