Maybe you’ve dreamt about the narrowboat life, trundling up and down the waterways, going here and there and wherever you please… well, hold tight, because Seasteading is less ‘Narrowboat’ and more ‘Waterworld‘. (and I don’t mean the one in Stoke on Trent)
Floating settlements then, in a nutshell. Possibly as small as a few yachts, a cruise ship or as large as a true ‘city’. Why might that be a good idea? It’s a big question, here are some of the main arguments of the Seasteading Institute; a
– A cruise ship, with some retrofitting, could essentially provide housing for 400 people for a relatively cheap $10 million. ($25k each). Looking at the cost of land alone, that’s actually not bad.
– It is possible to live and farm/fish/feed yourself at sea, in theory, indefinately. Wind, solar and tidal power is all still up for grabs too. There are economic possibilities; oil or farming fish being the obvious ones. (Tax dodging and other unsavoury shenanigans also… hmm)
– Politically, you can sit in international waters (about 200 miles off the coast) and run things however you like. (Although I would debate the usefulness of this, and the application of universal jurisdiction)
There is a huge libertarian streak running through all of this if you hadn’t already guessed. Some of which is appealing, some of which is less so. But I’ll let you make up your own mind. One thing Seasteading really drives home is how inventive some of the solutions to a housing crisis, overpopulation and climate change can be. It’s not like large ships haven’t been used for a sort of mass housing before right? (Prison hulks)
Houseboats, oil platforms, cruiseships, shanty-boats… any kind of floating platform can be used for housing.
Here’s a ‘top 5’ things you should know about the Seasteading Institutes ‘Floating City Project’:
What do you think? Luxury tax haven? Exciting and unexplored opportunity? An unfortunate sign of the overpopulated times?
Food for thought, anyway. Don’t forget to subscribe.