Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Patri Friedman: Free State Project vs. Seasteading

The Free Talk Live interview can be found on the Seasteading blog here. From the blog:

TSI and FSP aren't really competing at all in the short-term. Moving to NH is something that americans can do today to increase their liberty. I'm skeptical of how much additional liberty they will be able to get in the long-term, but as a short-term strategy it is safe, low-risk, and available today. In the long-term, the two movements will compete - but we will be able to compete on our merits, no need for an abstract debate. That is, over the next 5-10 years, we will see whether the FSP can make NH substantially freer, and we will see if the incremental path to seasteading is proceeding. If one fails, the choice is easy. If both succeed, then it will depend on the individual's preference between a high-freedom, lower-comfort pioneering lifestyle, and a more limited-freedom, higher-comfort US lifestyle.

The greater the options on the menu for freedom-lovers, the better for all of us.

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