1700-1900: Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution Do we need kings? Can people govern themselves? What rights do we all have? Can science and understanding uplift all of humanity?
This topic lays the foundation for our modern thinking about the world. From democratic revolutions to the establishment of empires backed by industrial power.
What common ground does the seasteading movement share with the “Historic movement of Enlightenment” ?
- start as a “cultural movement of intellectuals”.
- emphasizing reason and individualism.
- break traditon, scolastics, ruleworks challenges to the dogma and authority.
- new ideas about government culture, politics.
- emphasis on Science and technology.
- triggering of a new industrial revolution.
- introducing of new perspectives.
- driven and enabled by information technology (printing press then – internet now).
- driven by frontier development (america then – ocean now).
- quest for freedom.
- quest for space (intelectual and physical)