January 10, 2012 Welcome to The Seasteading Institute 4 Comments on “Welcome to The Seasteading Institute” wilson pickett February 6, 2012 at 9:41 pm Hmm new countries built by private companies. Maybe just a tad anti-democratic? Richard Fortuna February 18, 2012 at 4:59 am Not necessarily. It’s not like America is a democracy, really. The popular vote doesn’t even elect the president (electoral college), and every single politician in Washington is essentially a corporate whore and professional actor. The bulk of our legislators do NOT represent the people. They represent the rich, because only the rich can run. There’s not ONE SINGLE congressman or president in office today that got there without corporate money. We are ALREADY in a government run by private companies. At least with this model, it doesn’t try to lie about it and say it isn’t. Producerist February 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm Government can’t be improved without getting rid of government. Government is a coercive monopoly. This core fact is why people will never be happy with government. Its very nature is to pit man against themselves so that government can grow. Being an organization of men, its must grow and to grow it must have more control and power. Vis a vi the United States. Government is anti freedom, otherwise it couldn’t raise funds. However, if you like government, we have a great one. Paul Stebbing March 22, 2012 at 4:24 am Seasteadding will never work. The existing governments, which already know they are monopolies, will not allow the competition from “start up governments. I like the thought experiment, however. Let us, for a moment, imagine we are business men and let’s put on our government hats. Imagine Starbuck’s, maintaining a standing army which, at gunpoint, requires passersby to come in and buy coffee. If one does not buy coffee, one stays in a back closet at Starbuck’s for some period of time. It would be an innovative, but not new, way of doing business. Comments are closed.