Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Life Imitates Bioshock

I'm still working on the big issue, but I had to share this eerie story about an Objectivist billionaire attempting to build floating libertarian utopias.

Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal "has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which seeks to build sovereign nations on oil rig-like platforms to occupy waters beyond the reach of law-of-the-sea treaties. The idea is for these countries to start from scratch--free from the laws, regulations, and moral codes of any existing place."

What could possibly go wrong?

Yesterday's outrageous plot for Bioshock is tomorrow's reality. I wonder if they'll call it "Rapture."

H/T Sean Dailey (check out his awesome magazine, Gilbert)


Jerod Jarvis said...

Fascinating. I actually kind of hope they succeed - it would be interesting to see what happens. That's assuming of course that they don't all turn into mutant baby killers.

Thomas L. McDonald said...

I love the idea that they want "looser building codes" on a giant man-made floating island. While the whole thing is sinking, they can comfort themselves by saying, "But the market shall provide correction!"

Jerod Jarvis said...

For sure - I seem to remember a storyline involving leaky pipes?

At the very least they're going to want a strict "Call before you dig!" program. Plumbers will likely be highly paid individuals.

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