The list author says: "Tired of life on land? Want to "roll your own" government? Got some friends and some cash? Well, maybe you should head for the new, blue frontier and go pioneer a new society! These books will give you the background history, economic theory, and ocean information to make your venture succeed...or at least, fire your imagination!"
"The Cruise industry was built on making money off the properties of the ocean: low regulation and easy transportation. Very important, since our floating city-states must leverage those same advantages. Great case history of how a brand-new industry can form and thrive one the ocean."
"Mancur Olson's theories explain why, over time, democratic governments go "stale" and get taken over by special interests. It's an inherent problem in the structure of democracy, and we can't fix it by complaining about special interests or trying to change people's minds. Instead, we need to change the structure - like by opening a new frontier on the ocean for social experiments."
"The history of the pirate radio movement in Europe is another great case study of how the oceans can be used to increase freedom and force governments to improve their rules through competition. This movie is more of a comedy than a history, but it's entertaining and the underlying story is real."
"This book lays out an alternative political system with competition in making and enforcing laws. There are strong theoretical arguments why this might lead to better laws, and this is one of the political systems that should be tried on a floating city."
"This introduction to law & economics makes it clear that you can't just write a Constitution or a set of rights down, and be done with your new society. Actually, law is a complex and difficult thing to get right, requiring lots of trial-and-error experimentation. We'd get far more such experimentation if we could make startup societies, say, on the ocean..."
"Arnold Kling explains the growing discrepancy between knowledge (which is dispersed) and power (which is centralized) as it relates to the financial crises of 2008. Additionally, he proposes some models for more competitive government systems to redress this."
"This book describes how self-sufficiency technologies can make a sailor mostly independent of land. One possible route for seasteaders is to focus on self-sufficiency, maximizing freedom by minimizing contact with land."
"Discusses the evolution of Transferrable Fishing Quotas, a legal technology for privatizing fish stocks to prevent overfishing. Includes a general discussion of property rights. Seasteads will be pioneering new legal technologies related to privatizing the oceans as well."
"Discusses the emergence of alternative governmental structures online, and how this could impact real-world government. Experimenting w/ political systems and virtual sovereignty are closely related to the political theory of seasteading."
"SF Novel about a world where the oceans are farmed for whale meat and plankton. Inspiring description of the wonder and potential of the oceans, which also draws many parallels between the oceans and space."