Engineering & Social Architecture
December 28, 2010 at 7:56 am #1411
Because of the high cost of real estate, it was profitable to drain marshes. This profit incentive combined with inadequate engineering lead to an inherent systemic need for cooperation/democracy.
Imagine a seastead dock which relies on the member owned seasteads for buoyancy. If enough seasteads leave harbor due to local politics: the cooperative marketplace/town square sinks taking with it all investments in high foot traffic real estate. Store fronts, merchandise displays.
The value of a seasteader’s opinion is measured in the buoyancy their ship contributes to the marketplace. The more buoyancy you provide, the more dependent the community is on your support. Any attempt to monopolize a dictatorship share of buoyancy involves a capital investment in floatation which has a ROI proportional to seastead population size/taxable commerce.
Now imagine the disruptive influence it would have had on Dutch politics if someone invented more reliable pumps which did not need supervision. Cheaper levy building techniques disrupting the value of any given Polder to a community.
Can 3M disrupt such a societies floating dock economy creating “company towns” based around their microballoon syntactic foams? What happens to 3M real estate when the Chinese float up on a shipping container of ping pong balls?
Once the seastead homesteads have been engineered: political outcomes will be dictated as much by the architecture of the communal dock sites and advancements in aqua-farming techniques as anything else.
Disruptive technology is accelerating in frequency, a seastead which cannot adapt and isn’t flexible is doomed to failure. Minimum capital investment. Cheap building techniques. Reasonable threat models, and similarly threat responses.December 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm #12213
True, I’ve always thought that humanity reaches it’s potential only through trials and adversity. Are you suggesting then, that when we build a community of seasteads that we build our ‘communal areas’ in a flawed manner so that they remain dependant on the seasteads. I’m not sure this is the best method to achieve what you desire. Rather I believe dynamic geography will yield the ability for society to enact a ‘Love it or Leave it’ policy which will limit most steads to smaller units that have to face adversity head on to survive and, in turn eventually, thrive.
I cannot see a welfare culture surviving for very long on any seastead society. Those who contribute will quickly form their own smaller societies that are free from freeloaders, while those who remain will have to quickly ‘step-up’ to fill the needs of their society or find themselves quickly in dire straights. Both smaller societies have it ‘a bit harder than they used to’ but will quickly become better off for it. Those contributors will find a society that is much more functional, while those former freeloaders will find the satisfaction that comes with being productive and needed (or they’ll be dead).
In essence then, we are already living in a seastead society… each of us right now find ourselves within a seastead. Forget all the history you’ve learned since grade school and examine the situation for what it is. All of us live in societies. Though there is good in each of these societies, something has driven us to the point where we desire to leave. Our current societies are SUPER-steads… seasteads of such large mass that they have lost the dynamic geography the open lands once provided. A new seastead is forming somewhere out on the waters. Each of us then is a seasteader currently and we are all struggling with the decision to exercise our right to dynamic geography. We do not each individually own a seastead capable of making this move (but then again, with TSI’s models, most of us still won’t) but we do own those resources at our disposal. Do we leverage those resources in an attempt to use dynamic geography to start something new and fresh in the ocean? The same issues we all struggle with here and now will be shared by our progeny and those who come after. The truth is it is never easy to leave a society and dynamic geography is more than an engineering issue.
Make up your mind. Fall on one side of the fence or the other. Comfort remains on the Super-stead you currently reside. Adversity awaits you if you choose to leave for you cannot take comfort with you where we are going. Once you’ve decided, work towards those ends, this forum is only a sounding board to help you flesh out your methods and locate like minded ‘steaders. For with this realization you are now a seasteader, you have the freedom to leave, exercise it with discretion. I am content to know that I am a seasteader… even now.
As the Prophet Aaron once famously said, “Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord”; I now echo, “Make your choice today whether you will stay or go. As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord… by going.” Perhaps it is about time that those of us who have been here for some time step up and begin to put the plans in place. Otherwise the first ‘stead will comprise just my family and will grow as my progeny continue to build what we’ve started here.
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