Hang Out With The Great Matt Ridley (& Matt Welch & Ron Bailey & Jacob Sullum) For a Week on Reason's First-Ever Cruise in February 2011!


Here's the great science writer Matt Ridley, author of, most recently, The Rational Optimist, writing in the Wall Street Journal about the evolutionary origins of trade:

Given that progress is inexorable, cumulative and collective if human beings exchange and specialize, then globalization and the Internet are bound to ensure furious economic progress in the coming century—despite the usual setbacks from recessions, wars, spendthrift governments and natural disasters.

The process of cumulative innovation that has doubled life span, cut child mortality by three-quarters and multiplied per capita income ninefold—world-wide—in little more than a century is driven by ideas having sex. And things like the search engine, the mobile phone and container shipping just made ideas a whole lot more promiscuous still.

More here.

If you sign on for Reason's first-ever cruise next February, you can spend a week hanging out with the very tall Ridley (and the equally tall and brilliant Ron Bailey, for almost 14 feet of science reporting excellence). Can Ridley play shuffle board and limbo as well as he can write? Come aboard and find out already.

And besides Ridley and Bailey, you'll get to hang with Matt Welch, Jacob Sullum, and me (whether you want to or not). And then there's Patri Friedman, the visionary behind the Seasteading Institute! This is one ship whose Lido Deck is gonna be pretty awesome.

The cruise leaves from Fort Lauderdale on January 30, 2011 and goes to exotic ports of call throughout the Caribbean for a week; cabins start around $1,500 per person, so you really can't afford not to come (this logic seems to work well with governmental jurisdictions, so maybe it'll work with you all too). That's an all-inclusive price for the ship, which is a pretty sweet deal.

Go here for more info.

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  1. Talk about a ship of fools!

  2. This time bring plenty of lube, Max. Then you won’t be so crabby afterward.

    1. No, he already has crabs, so there’s no avoiding that.

      1. Max needs to watch ATHF.

        Carl: “Yeah, you just hit ’em with this shampoo, it knocks ’em back a bit.”

  3. I would come along but I’m afraid if we get attacked by pirates, you might side with the pirates.

    1. Are you kidding? Faced with pirates, these losertarian twits would call on the state to come to their rescue faster than you can say Ayn Rand’s pussy.

      1. How old are you, Max? I could come up with a better troll than that when I was seven.


      2. I was kidding. Good catch.

  4. Speaking of pussy…there is going to be NONE on that cruise ship.

    1. What about the ship’s cat, Mittens?

      1. Xenomorph bait.

  5. I’m not going unless Lobster Girl is going to be there.


  6. Free Minds, free markets , and free keelhauling if you’re caught smoking in your cabin.

  7. That includes the balcony, windward or leeward.

  8. Is the girl from the “Those Shirts” ad going?

  9. Speaking of pussy…there is going to be NONE on that cruise ship.

    The reason that picture of Ridley is so oddly cropped is because he’s up to his tits in poon?and elbows-deep in “exotic ports.”

    1. Speaking of Ridley picture’s, couldn’t they have picked a picture of him for the sidebar ad that looked less backpfeifengesichty.

  10. Imperialism!

    1. The name was shortened to norovirus after being identified in a number of outbreaks on cruise ships and receiving attention throughout the USA.


      Transmission is predominantly fecal-oral but may be airborne due to aerosolisation of vomit. Norovirus can be aerosolized when those stricken with the illness vomit; infection can follow eating food near an episode of vomiting, even if cleaned up[17]. The viruses continue to be shed after symptoms have subsided and shedding can still be detected many weeks after infection.

      1. Is that like Legionnaire’s disease?

        1. No. Legionellosis is caused by a gram(-) bacteria and ends up in the lungs. The mode of transmission is the same, though nausea and vomiting is infrequent with Legionellosis. The reason it spreads on cruise ships is due to poor water filtering and the bacteria thrives in tropical temperatures. L. pneumophilais considered a pathogen of the respiratory tract and is a pretty fragile bactrium.

          1. You sure know a lot about fecal-oral transmission, doc. But I guess your night job as a fluffer might be the source of that.

            1. Heh. You and your projection issues, Ep-pington Pedobear. Keep your sick fuzzy fantasies on 4chan and kindly don’t drag me into your private hell because Warty no longer gives you the time of day, you impotent twinkster.

  11. If Steve Smith is going, can we all chip in for tickets for MNG, Lonewacko, Tony/Chad, et al and then strand the ship on an island covered w/ hidden cameras so we can watch the fun?

    1. Sasquach may meet his match with almost seven feet of science reporters on board.

      1. I was supposed to say fourteen feet, but I think seven works. Sorry, Ron.

  12. $1500 for a week, in the middle (or more likely, the beginning) of a recession.

    You’re not doing much to dispel the image of libertarians as idle, monacled rich.

    1. You forgot top hat wearing.

      1. And mustache twirling.

    2. $1500 for a week, in the middle (or more likely, the beginning) of a recession.

      You’re not doing much to dispel the image of libertarians as idle, monacled rich.

      And considering the rest of the passenger manifest will have, most likely, rich, idle Progressives, what the hell is the Progressives’ excuse, considering the profession of concern and sympathy for the plight of the poor and downtrodden. $1500 USD could buy quite a bit of groceries for a food bank or clothes for orphans, Progressives.

      Which reminds me, Chad, have you sold all that valuable art so you can send that money to the Government to reduce the national debt, or another charity?

      1. Are there no public housing?

        And welfare — is it still in operation?

  13. $1500 for a week, in the middle (or more likely, the beginning) of a recession.

    Every dollar you have is about to be inflated into worthlessness. Now, if they were demanding ammo, gold, or canned beans, then you’d have an argument.

    1. Boo on gold — the smallest denomination is too valuable. Junk silver is the survivalist thang.

  14. “$1500 for a week, in the middle (or more likely, the beginning) of a recession.”

    That’s about an ounce of gold plus a pound of silver.

    Or that new Keltec BFR.

    Is the Reason for this cruise to pay for a cruise for these Reason writers…or is there some other point?

    Y’all have fun. I’ll be sitting in the woods with a larger pile of metals.

  15. Oh wow, that makes a lot of sense dude. Wpw


  16. the image of libertarians as idle, monacled rich.

    Soon to be “manacled” rich.

    And not in the good way.

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