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Live in a Libertarian Utopia (not valid in hurricane season)

Seasteading is having a contest wherein you pitch a business plan for settling floating cities where you’re not subject to laws of other nations.

Ok, here’s one that’s easy and guaranteed: big floating brothel and casino. You’re welcome.

Via Brian.

5 Responses to “Live in a Libertarian Utopia (not valid in hurricane season)”

  1. Chris Says:

    Over a decade ago, a cruise ship opened called the Buoy Club. They were ported at Cape Canaveral, FL and were basically a brothel ship. Disney quickly had them closed down, didn’t want them docking at the same port as the Disney liners.

  2. Tom O'B Says:

    The Hovering Ship Act (from the 1920’s rum wars) makes that a problematic ideal, at least near US waters. Also see Sealand’s history of being pirated

  3. Standard Mischief Says:

    Yup, that’s exactly the problem with your little micronation project. No one in the Big Nation’s Club will let you play with them.

    They’re afraid of drugs, pirate radio, hookers and blow, offshore gambling where they get no cut of the action,Spam, and child pr)n on your nation’s sovereign data-center, finding another seat at the UN table, and of course that exclusive economic zone around your little nation-state.

  4. Zendo Deb Says:

    Funny that they mention Miami in their pitch. Would not like to be 25 miles east of Miami when the next Andrew-sized hurricane approaches.

    As for gambling… they have tried 4 or 5 times to park a gambling boat off 9-mile limit west of Tampa Bay. They last less than a year. The logistics of getting a bunch of lubbers back and forth through all kinds of weather is a problem, as is the amount of seasickness generated when lubbers stare at a slot-machine or a card table while the ship goes through the motions induced by a 10 ft swell. Not a pretty sight.

  5. Zendo Deb Says:

    If this could work, I imagine what you would see would be a chemical processing industry unencumbered by the EPA. So you would have a load of toxic chemicals being dumped off the US coastline for a very long time.

    Probably not on the scale of the BP oil well disaster, but more along the lines of the Exxon Valdez on a regular basis. Over time it would make sections of the coast look like Times Beach Missouri.

    Not the kind of thing I think is a good thing.

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