Politically Isolated Libertarians Go Literal, Consolidating Plans For Man-Made Libertarian Islands

Frustrated libertarians are taking their political isolation to a whole new level, planning to create floating, man-made libertarian-utopian islands on international waters. 

The plan may seem (and probably is) ridiculously implausible, but according to Details Magazine, PayPal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has already put forth $1.25 million to the project.  

Reports of plans to create libertarian islands surfaced in 2009, when in an essay by the Cato Institute, libertarian activist and brainchild of the island-creating think-tank Seasteading Institute Patri Friedman said democracy is "not the answer" for libertarians seeking true freedom because "libertarians are a minority" and therefore "winning electoral victories is a hopeless endeavor."

According to Details, at a Seasteading Institute Conference in 2009, Thiel said, 

"There are quite a lot of people who think it's not possible.That's a good thing. We don't need to really worry about those people very much, because since they don't think it's possible they won't take us very seriously. And they will not actually try to stop us until it's too late."

Friedman says the group plans to launch an "office park" off the San Francisco coast next year.  Lucky first-time residents will move in seven years later.  

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at August 16, 2011, 9:35am

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