Thiel has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which seeks to build sovereign nations on oil rig-like platforms to occupy waters beyond the reach of law-of-the-sea treaties. The idea is for these countries to start from scratch–free from the laws, regulations, and moral codes of any existing place.
Sure. Okay. Not my cup of tea, but I suppose if you hate other human beings and are fully committed to flushing your fortune down the toilet, there are probably worse, more boring, more hateful ways to do said flushing. This is almost exactly like almost every one of our fathers and grandfathers who escape to the wilderness up north every chance they get just to find some peace and quiet, only much more technological and expensive. So, fine. I get it.
However, one part of the article that exemplifies the complaints of libertarians struck me as a bit queer. The floating community was described as:
“a kind of floating petri dish for implementing policies that libertarians, stymied by indifference at the voting booths, have been unable to advance: no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons.”
Looser building codes?! What kind of nut lists too-stringent building codes as a reason for wanting to leave his country? Welfare, minimum wage, gun laws … sure. Kind of weird priorities if you ask me (welfare is, what, 3% of the federal budget?) but I understand the complaints. Not sure fire safety ordinances and proper tornado resistance rules are really something to complain about. And if it is, well, I just may donate a few bucks to help build your island. Enjoy.