For some reason, likely the ongoing collapse of western civilization, there's been a real bump in the interest in Seasteading as a lifestyle, and I've been receiving e-mail like never before. GOOD! It's a wonderful life, I'm on vacation from it at the moment, but only barely, and like any sailor once the itch returns, and it will, it does so with a vengeance. I'd say to anyone--if in doubt, and short on cash, get yourself a 30 foot or so used boat and go find purpose in life. You can't miss. It's not a new story, nor a new concept--but for many its one of the very few remaining options in the world for a life of relative freedom.
You're all familiar with Libertatia, right? Sounds wonderful. And I'm sure it was until the British Navy sent half a dozen ships of the line around the Cape and shelled them into submission--or rather non existence. That would be the other part of that story that "wiki" omits.
I guess the lesson to be learned is this--beware of the systemic destruction of visionary ideas.
Sometimes the destruction comes in an overt manner--high altitude bombing or ships of the line. Sometimes it simply comes through regulating a lifestyle out of existence. Sometimes it comes in the form of crushing the idea with overpromoted "pseudovision"--safe for the masses, well endowed and financed, and utterly without "visionary" practicality or contents. It's getting harder to do the latter, as free information flows more freely than ever, at least for the moment--but certainly it happens. If for no other reason than on the "search engines" those with money and means can, if they so intend, simply bury fuctional practical ideas under a mass of self promoted and well funded drivel. It doesn't even need to be intentional, and I expect a lot of the time it mostly isn't, but dumbshits with money, connections, and too much time on their hands can be very damaging to important causes. The "ecologist" Kennedy and Rosanne come immediately to mind.
Be cautious, be aware. If I had, for example, hypothetically, recieved a 500000 dollar grant to study Seasteading, I would have launched with it an additional 30 or so working examples, in addition of course to the dozen or so I already have--and certainly others have too? Speaking of Wikipedia, why is it that the entry under "seasteading" retains only references to the power-point presentation "sailors?" That is, because, all references to myself, the Pardeys, Annie Hill, James Wharram, and many others, who have actually lived in a real manner that seasteading lifestyle--have been posted and hastily AND systemically deleted at least a dozen or so times by now. At least--as if I have time to keep up with all that. Of course, an example like Annie Hill makes the powerpoint boys look like friggin' asses. Jeez, those guys need to get a life. I'd suggest less time at the keyboard and more time on the water probably lead to some progress. Like, actually something. I mean anything. Maybe something really visionary like anchoring some object in Richardsons Bay. Gosh, now that would be visionary. If any of that project is reading this, don't think I'm being combative, I'd love to help. You can use my old mooring. I'm sure it's still there, not far from the ferry terminal. It says MACHA on it.
You must realize that if Paris Hilton offered her very astute opinions on Seasteading, and undoubtedly if prompted, she'd have one--she'd receive more press about it than the powerpoint boys and myself combined.
Otherwise, and more seriously, thank all of you very much for the fine and supportive comments that many of you have sent me recently. I assure you it's humbling, frankly, and I really appreciate it. I set out to write the books that I wished I could have read when I first started sailing. I know that information would have been very useful to me, as I was on a mission, frankly, and I know, even more than ever, many of you are too. Please, feel free to write, as in any way I can help I will. There is a ever growing community on the Oar Club forum as well, and it is now really finding critical mass.
And of course the same applies to the current project.
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