Seasteading: Startup Societies On The Ocean

A Listmania! list by Patri F. Friedman "eclectic dilletante" (Sunnyvale, CA)
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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!"
How To Start Your Own Country
1.  How To Start Your Own Country by Erwin S. Strauss
The list author says:
  "The key source.  Dated, but a great basic intro, simultaneously sensible and visionary.  Also includes a comprehensive overview of the many failed past projects."
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Micronations: The Lonely Planet Guide to Home-Made Nations
2.  Micronations: The Lonely Planet Guide to Home-Made Nations by John Ryan
The list author says:
  "Great overview of micronations, many of which are mere exercises in imagination, but some of which are real places."
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Devils on the Deep Blue Sea: The Dreams, Schemes, and Showdowns That Built America's Cruise-Ship Empires
3.  Devils on the Deep Blue Sea: The Dreams, Schemes, and Showdowns That Built America's Cruise-Ship Empires by Kristoffer A. Garin
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities
4.  The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities by Mancur Olson
The list author says:
  "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."
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Pirate Radio
5.  Pirate Radio DVD ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
The list author says:
  "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."
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Waterworld
6.  Waterworld DVD ~ Kevin Costner
The list author says:
  "How floating cities work in a post-apocalyptic world.  This is the scenario we want to avoid..."
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The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism
7.  The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism by David D. Friedman
The list author says:
  "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."
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Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working
8.  Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working by Jonathan Rauch
The list author says:
  "This book applies Mancur Olson's theories to America and shows the inevitable rise of special interest groups controlling government over time."
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The Law Market
9.  The Law Market by Erin A. O'Hara
The list author says:
  "The idea of competing legal systems may sound odd, but it is actually here already, as this book explains."
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Law's Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters
10.  Law's Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters by David D. Friedman
The list author says:
  "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..."
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Unchecked and Unbalanced: How the Discrepancy Between Knowledge and Power Caused the Financial Crisis and Threatens Democracy (Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society)
11.  Unchecked and Unbalanced: How the Discrepancy Between Knowledge and Power Caused the Financial Crisis and Threatens Democracy (Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society) by Arnold S. Kling
The list author says:
  "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."
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Anarchy and the Law: The Political Economy of Choice (Independent Studies in Political Economy)
12.  Anarchy and the Law: The Political Economy of Choice (Independent Studies in Political Economy) by Edward P. Stringham
The list author says:
  "Like Machinery of Freedom, this is a book on polycentric law, an alternative way to run government via competing providers of law, protection, and dispute resolution."
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Sailing the Farm: A Survival Guide to Homesteading on the Ocean
13.  Sailing the Farm: A Survival Guide to Homesteading on the Ocean by Ken Neumeyer
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Privatization of the Oceans
14.  The Privatization of the Oceans by Rögnvaldur Hannesson
The list author says:
  "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."
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Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias
15.  Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias by Peter Ludlow
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Deep Range
16.  The Deep Range by Arthur C. Clarke
The list author says:
  "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."
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