Heading to Offshore Technology Conference next week!

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I’ll be at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas on Tuesday & Wednesday next week to listen and learn about the current state of the offshore industry.  If anyone else will be there and wants to get together, add a comment or send me an email.  If there’s enough interest, maybe we can do a dinner on Tuesday?

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Why Seasteading Matters

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A lot of bad things happen in the world, which means there are a lot of options for those who wish to make the world a better place.  And there are some consistent patterns to the badness which make some areas more fruitful than others for the advancement of humanity.  Arnold Kling writes:

My co-blogger cites the number of people murdered by Stalin as an example of government-caused harm that is very difficult for the private sector to top.

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Autodogmatic

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Agoraphilia

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Let A Thousand Nations Bloom

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Weekly Snippets, 4/28/08

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Generic Objection Responses

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I’m expanding the FAQ to answer some of the comments made on the Marginal Revolution post, and I decide to start with a couple answers I should have written up long ago, because they are so frequently needed:

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Freedom, Contracts, and Zoning Laws

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Alex Tabarrok writes:

Competitive law appears to increase efficiency but it’s less clear that competition among governments gives rise to a libertarian world.  Homeowner associations, for example, often impose stricter zoning regulations than cities.  You could say that the system as a whole is more libertarian, but no one lives in the system as a whole.

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The quick path to greatness is always a fraud

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Anyone who has been around the nation-founding subculture long, or read much about it, knows that it is full of scams, hopeless visions, and impracticality.  One of the great chroniclers of this is Scamdog, whose website (while not updated much in the past 5 years) has fascinating historical information on projects like Laissez-Faire City.  Here’s an excellent page on Why Scams Work:

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Forum RSS feeds

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For those (like me) who prefer using RSS to going to a webpage, we now have RSS feeds for the forum.  At the top level, there is a feed of all new topics in all forums:

http://seasteading.org/forum/feed

If only some topics are of interest to you, each forum has its own individual feed as well, which can be found on the page for the forum, for example:

http://seasteading.org/forums/community/irl-gtgs/feed

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