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  • Geopolymer Concrete: The Stuff Seasteads Will Be Made of?

    [audio mp3="http://www.seasteading.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015_03_21-14-02-05-joequirk-Incoming-from-michael_eliot-.mp3"][/audio]   The day before I was going to speak at Libertopia, an engineer and writer named Michael Eliot cam...

    March 25, 2015
  • Tom Woods interviews Joe Quirk: "This is one of my favorite conversations I've had."

    "This is one of my favorite conversations I've had, and this is episode number 363," said Tom Woods at the end of his 20-minute conversation with me. "I personally think this has been a fantastic episode. I can't say enough about it." Nothing sw...

    March 24, 2015
  • Podcast: Enterprise Cities with Shanker Singham

    Respect for property rights Predictable laws Open unrestricted trade Suppose through careful investigation you discovered that these are the key elements that allow societies to prosper. How do you embody these values in an actual legal structur...

    March 20, 2015
  • A Constitution for a Seastead?

    Do you theorize about the laws that will govern seasteads? We invite you to share your insights on our forum. Several legal scholars have designed what they consider to be the best possible legal system and solicited The Seasteading Institute to...

    March 14, 2015


  • Call it an experiment in governance, call it a way to live under a new set of rules of your own creation, maybe even a way to start your life over. You may one day be setting up your own sovereign nation.

    Business Insider, November 2013
  • Led by pioneering individuals, these societies could become a blueprint for a new way of life – one that is more equitable, tolerant and entrepreneurial.

    Financial Times, March 30, 2012
  • The seasteading movement is producing some novel ideas for ocean-based businesses that could act as stepping stones towards their ultimate goal.

    The Economist, December 3, 2011