FAQ: Why not just hide?

February 2, 2009 by

I’ve gotten this question several times recently, so I’ve drafted an answer for the book’s extended Q&A. Feedback would be welcome.

Some people’s instinctive reaction is to question why we need new countries when bad laws can just be dealt with by ignoring them, hiding illegal activities. What would you want to do on a seastead that you can’t just do in your own home? There are a number of serious problems with hiding as a solution to bad laws:

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Discussion on seasteading challenges

October 25, 2008 by

TSI Volunteer Chris Rasch, who ran the Seasteading08 conference, has some interesting discussion about common objections to seasteading on his blog.  He answer questions like "Won’t it be prohibitively expensive to live aboard a ship fulltime?", and "What about motion sickness?".

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We will not live in a wretched hive of scum and villainy

May 11, 2008 by

In the forums, tannerpittman asks whether seastead communities would attract undesirable elements like organized crime, or be unpleasant to live in because of all the vice shops:

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Generic Objection Responses

April 26, 2008 by

I’m expanding the FAQ to answer some of the comments made on the Marginal Revolution post, and I decide to start with a couple answers I should have written up long ago, because they are so frequently needed:

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