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Recommended Reading for The Seastead View Of Politics

Hey everyone, I just wanted to remind those who don’t follow our sister blog [Let A Thousand Nations Bloom](http://athousandnations.com/) that it has a great list of recommended reading for background in my unique angle on political theory and public choice, with writing by Mancur Olson, David Friedman, Arnold Kling, and many others, including myself.

[Recommended Seastead Political Reading Here](http://athousandnations.com/recommended/)

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May 26, 2010 dynamic geography, politics

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Seasteading And The Wall Of Dirt

I have [a post up at Let A Thousand Nations Bloom about how seasteading is the opposite of the Berlin Wall](http://athousandnations.com/2009/11/09/seasteading-and-the-wall-of-dirt/):

> The Wall thus represented the brute force attempt of the USSR, purveyor of an inferior product, to lock-in its customers. It was literally, directly, physically a means of increasing the cost of switching government.

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Latest posts on Let A Thousand Nations Bloom

Just a reminder that all our fascinating political theory and social commentary about diverse visions of a better society has moved to [Let A Thousand Nations Bloom](http://athousandnations.com/). Here are some recent posts:

* [Thinking Like a Dandelion](http://athousandnations.com/2009/06/18/thinking-like-a-dandelion/) – _”Let’s focus less on trying to perpetuate one copy of what we believe is the best society and instead work on ways to decrease the costs of producing societies. The results will be better than we can imagine.

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US Navy working on seasteads

We are not the only ones to recognize the opportunities offered by the ocean’s dynamic geography. [From The Economist](http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13570088&fsrc=rss):

> Foreign military bases have both political and practical difficulties. “Seabasing” may offer a solution

> BASING troops and equipment on foreign soil is fraught with difficulty. Even friendly countries can cut up rough at crucial moments, as America found when Turkey restricted the use of its territory and airspace during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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How Rich Countries Die

Phillip Greenspun has [a long review](http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/philg/2009/03/16/how-rich-countries-die/) of [The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0300030797/theseastinsti-20), written by Mancur Olson in 1982. As you can see from this review excerpt, Olson’s model is quite relevant to seasteading.

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Seasteads governed as joint-stock corporations?

The strange, weird, [red-pill](http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/2009/01/gentle-introduction-to-unqualified.html) world of political theorist [Mencius Moldbug](http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/) is not the world as I see it. It has far more extremes, more evil, more black-and-white judgments, and more overarching historical themes. But I find it fascinating because it overlaps with my world in places where few others seem to.

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The Law Market

Legal research volunteer Jorge Schmidt pointed me at [this new book](http://www.amazon.com/The-Law-Market/dp/0195312899/theseastinsti-20/) which describes a trend which seasteading will accelerate:

> Today, a California resident can incorporate her shipping business in Delaware, register her ships in Panama, hire her employees from Hong Kong, place her earnings in an asset-protection trust formed in the Cayman Islands, and enter into a same-sex marriage in Massachusetts or Canada–all the while enjoying the California sunshine and potentially avoiding many facets of the state’s laws.

> I

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Structural Libertarianism

Some nice dialogue has developed around Jacob Lyles’ structuralism posts, which I mentioned in the recent [Structure and Policy](http://seasteading.org/stay-in-touch/blog/3/2009/01/07/structure-and-policy-reform-and-blank-slates) post.

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Structure and Policy, Reform and Blank Slates

Jacob Lyles has an [excellent](http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2008/12/24/down-with-policy-libertarianism) [series](http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2008/12/27/structuralism-2) of [posts](http://distributedrepublic.net/archives/2009/01/04/different-libertarianisms) over at Distributed Republic about structural libertarianism and policy libertarianism – the question of whether people should advocate better governmental policies, or entirely different forms of government.

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