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katsy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:33 AM
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Silicon Valley billionaire funding creation of artificial libertarian islands
Silicon Valley billionaire funding creation of artificial libertarian islands

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/silicon-valley-billionaire-funding-creation-artificial-libertarian-islands-140840896.html


" Pay Pal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has given $1.25 million to an initiative to create floating libertarian countries in international waters, according to a profile of the billionaire in Details magazine.


Thiel 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 lat-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. Details says the experiment would be "a kind of floating petri dish for implementing policies that libertarians, stymied by indifference at the voting booths, have been unable to advance: no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons."

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I say bye-bye. And we won't have to fund tsunami alerts for them, right? LOL
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Blue Meany Donating Member (986 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:34 AM
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1.  A waste of money - we already have libertarian countries like Somalia n/t
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:35 AM
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2. Lex Luthor wanted to do the same thing.
jeez -- don't let the door hit ya. But if you expect to do business in the US without high tariffs you'd better think twice...
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:44 AM
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3. "a kind of floating petri dish" Hope they have the sewage thing worked out
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GReedDiamond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:46 AM
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4. "Looser building codes"...
..."on oil rig-like platforms"..."in international waters."

That should work out well for the heavily armed inhabitants of these floating libertarian utopias.
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:46 AM
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5. Yaargh!!!!! nt
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:48 AM
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6. future pirate haven
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:50 AM
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8. You mean....
....a bunch of selfish millionaires and billionaires living out in the middle of the ocean with no government to protect them?

They'll be fine. Really.

And the point is, government is the worst thing that could ever, ever happen to them. Ever.
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:49 AM
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7. "no welfare, no minimum wage" . . .
Edited on Tue Aug-16-11 10:49 AM by HughBeaumont
. . . aaaaaaaaaaaaaand THAT, among other things, is why I laugh . . . long, loud and with great derision . . . to libertarian economics. These people are nothing but Reagan + Pot - teh Jesus.
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:51 AM
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9. And a gangplank to forcewalk those who fail to thrive?
Like a bad episode of "Survivor."
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nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:52 AM
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10. Isn't there some ME country that did this and now they're sinking
Edited on Tue Aug-16-11 11:03 AM by nc4bo
Then they'll fall into the sea and leave the rest of us alone..

ETA: :rofl: U.S. version of the Dubai Islands :rofl:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1349532/Dubai-islands-falling-sea-Dubai-World-sinks-fund-crisis.html





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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:53 AM
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11. GO GALT! GO GALT!
:rofl:
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tabbycat31 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:56 AM
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12. I'm not opposed to this
And please infiltrate every tea party event with brochures for real estate there to entice some of our craziest teabaggers to move.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 10:59 AM
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13. Fantastic! Let 'em go form their own little utopias. Call it the Burger Kingers - let 'em
have it their way. Little blops of anarchy floating on the waves - kinda like so many turds...
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Terry in Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 11:07 AM
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14. Money overdose can have peculiar side-effects
Seems to be giving this guy an urge for experimental civics.

It'll be the hard way, but maybe he'll find out what he needs to know about it.

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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 11:12 AM
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15. And to think, I used to sit on Opihi's lanai and discuss something quite similar
but built around sustainability rather than Randroidism. :eyes:
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 11:12 AM
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16. Good deal, if all the libertarians will go there and stay there.
;-)
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LeftinOH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 11:13 AM
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17. Gilligans's Island was better organized -and more civil than anything they could come
up with.
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denverbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 11:56 AM
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18. I think they should be required to renounce their US citizenship. n/t
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 12:06 PM
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19. Ugh, I can't believe Silly Sailor beat us both up and imprisoned us in his floating aqua world.
Edited on Tue Aug-16-11 12:08 PM by myrna minx
:rofl:


Well, now he doesn't have make his bed, doesn't have to do his homework and he can have cake for breakfast because no one's the boss of HIM.
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 12:25 PM
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20. "Galt Island to US coast guard....mayday!"
"Galt Island to US coast guard....mayday! We're taking on water, can you throw us some life lines?"

"Coast Guard to Galt Island... negative, grab your boot straps!!"

:D
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DirkGently Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 12:33 PM
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21. FanTASTIC idea. Then six months later, the movie version of Bioshock can be filmed in the ruins!
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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 12:35 PM
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22. Somalia called, they want their idea back ! nt
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 12:37 PM
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23. When they vote people off the island, we don't want them back.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-11 12:37 PM
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24. Lax building standards = them being dumped into the sea when their platform collapses.
I won't shed too many tears.
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