A Libertarian Utopia on the Danube?

The president of Liberland, the world's newest sovereign state, speaks with Reason TV.


The subject of a recent profile in The New York Times Magazine is also the world's newest sovereign state: The Free Republic of Liberland.

Reason TV interviewed Liberland's president at this summer's FreedomFest. Read the original writeup below. 

"We will have a chance to establish a country if it's mainly about love and freedom," says Vit Jedlicka, a 31-year-old Czech politician and the founding president of Liberland.

Nestled on a strip of unclaimed land between Croatia and Serbia, Liberland currently exists as a marshy, mosquito-plagued spit of land in the Danube River that has attracted the ire of its neighboring countries. Jedlicka seeks to create an autonomous nation capable of exisiting with the minimum amount of government authority possible

With a constitution modeled on that of the United States, Liberland has generated interest in more than 360,000 potential citizens and is, says Jedlicka, open to anyone with a "respect for private ownership" who is tolerant of other people and their beliefs regardless of race, ethnicity, orientation or religion. Criminals, communists, Nazis and "extremists" are discouraged from applying. 

About 2 minutes long.

Produced by Anthony L. Fisher. Camera by Paul Detrick and Zach Weissmueller. Interview by Matt Welch.

Related: "Liberland: Disappointing Reality or Encouraging Fantasy?," by Brian Doherty.

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