Joe Quirk on Seasteading 3.0
Two weeks ago, Bob welcomed Czech native Vit Jedlicka to the show, to discuss his nascent new country of Liberland, located in the no-man's-land between Serbia and Croatia. While Vit is busy recruiting a global legion of volunteers and ambassadors for his new country effort, a related movement is picking up steam right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Seasteading Institute, founded in 2008 in Silicon Valley, is a nonprofit organization leading the push to populate the high seas with hundreds, or even thousands, of brand-new “startup” societies. Each “seastead” would compete for citizens like businesses compete for customers. This would force innovation, since people could “vote with their boats,” i.e., move to another seastead, if the government failed to provide services or began taxing too much. Joe Quirk is The Seasteading Institute’s Communications Director, an acclaimed author of both fiction and nonfiction, and the world’s most prolific “seavangelist.” He joins Bob live in the studio to explain why we need seasteading to reinvigorate the frontier and jumpstart both technological and political progress. Quirk’s words have inspired audiences worldwide to the cause of seasteading – and not just libertarians. His eight great moral imperatives video series made the case for a “Blue Revolution” in sustainable seafood production, under the stewardship of more efficient, innovative governance. It’s a message that should appeal to people across the political spectrum. Listen with a friend and find out you share more common ground – in the ocean – than you thought.