Joe Quirk

Podcast: The Day Oliver Porter Created a Privately Run City

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  Got a pad of paper? We need a government for our town. Quick! We’re Sandy Springs, we just gained independence, and we don’t have much time. A hundred thousand citizens are waiting. Go in your basement and write out a charter. We need traffic management, trash pick up, a […]

July 23, 2016

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Podcast: Robert Ballard & 3D-Printed FLIPsteads

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Why haven’t seasteads been built yet? Robert Ballard, famous oceanographer who discovered the RMS Titanic, reminds us every time we talk to him that the technology for stability on the high seas is the RV FLIP, which has been repeatedly deployed on the high seas since 1962. What’s with the 54-year […]

January 29, 2016

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Podcast: Texas Lawyer interviews Seavangelist. Politically Fight or Create?


We’ve switched things up for this installment of Seasteading Today. Rather than have Joe Quirk interview a seasteader, our accomplished Board member Susanna Dokupil interviewed Joe. This podcast is an excellent primer on the fundamental world view of seasteading. Joe shares and defends several core tenets of why human capacity is […]

December 24, 2015

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Podcast: Edward Stringham’s book “Private Governance”


Why don’t we hear about private security guard brutality at Disneyland and on cruise ships? Where does law come from? How do people cooperate enough to get law started in the first place? Did the birth of the modern economy arise from a collapse of Dutch government and the rise […]

December 6, 2015

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Podcast: Maldives’ Floating City? Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio


What if a nation sinking below sea level became the innovation hub for floating cities? What if you could float the infrastructure of Holland to the slums of Bangladesh? What if the future of floating cities is in 3D printed technology? Dutch architect Koen Olthuis is the co-author of Float! Building […]

November 14, 2015

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Podcast: The Moral Philosophy of Seasteading with Mike Gibson and Reid Spitz


Seasteading emerged from shared belief that applying philosophy to practical action requires exiting most accepted institutions.  I thought it was about time I turned on the recorder to capture one of these conversations. Mike Gibson and Reid Spitz started as philosophy students and became venture capitalists and staunch seasteaders. Can philosophy ignite action? Reid […]

October 8, 2015

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20 Questions, 20 Answers, 20 Seconds Each


You got questions? We got answers. Newcomers to the Seasteading Movement often ask at least 20 questions, and the average soundbite is 20 seconds, which may be why I was challenged to perform a PechaKucha, a hyper-fast Japanese presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, requiring the […]

August 29, 2015

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Podcast: Is Seasteading “Beyond Democracy”? Ask Frank Karsten, author


John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin all had very bad things to say about democracy. Winston Churchill said that “democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other forms that have been tried.” Is there anything better to try? I ask Frank Karsten, co-author with Karel Beckman of […]

April 23, 2015

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Agriculture Businessman Wants Aquaculture Revolution


Aquaculture is the future of food, and agriculture can make it happen.The Seasteading Institute has long maintained that the scientists researching the sustainability and profitably of seaweed need to work with an agriculture businessman connected to the commercial resources than can make it happen. John Guido is our man. John […]

April 19, 2015

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