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Seasteading: The Reality TV Show

Count on Reason to keep you way ahead of the pop-cultural curve: I first profiled the Seasteading movement back in 2009, and then reported from the first and second iterations of a still-ongoing annual water-based festival spun off from the movement, Ephemerisle.

Now the Seasteading project is the root of a planned reality TV show about attempts to build and survive out on the open seas, with the libertarian promise of creating polities with freedoms beyond those known in terrestrial territories all controlled by states.

Bear in mind that many more reality TV shows are "in the works" than ever air, and bear in mind that one of the things I noted in my earlier reporting about both early Seasteading conferences and even early Ephemerisles, which actually did take place on water (near the Sacramento river delta), was a relative lack of real hardcore nautical building and surviving experience among advocates of the idea of freewheeling oceanic life; this might explain why recruitment for the planned show has to go afield from just people already involved. The Seasteading Institute itself asks you to consider joining the experiment/cast:

The show is seeking a variety of experts and survivalists ready to create a new community on the ocean while building, engineering, and rehabbing residential quarters. If you have what it takes to survive challenging weather and sea conditions, if you have a yearning desire to experiment with ocean-based technologies, if you can bring a skill set that will add to the sea-villages development, then this is an opportunity for you.

You have til March 1 to apply. I'd love to see each and every one of you floating out on a platform in the open ocean, surrounded by TV cameras.

VultureBeat also reported on this today, and names Fusion as the network that intends to air the show, although Fusion's own discussion of the project last week didn't explicitly say they intended to air it.

Also remember that it's the rare reality show that makes the wild dreams of its stars seem noble and worthwhile; but it can happen, especially with shows with a daring-build element. Whether to laud, mock, or just look on with the blandly judging eyes of tens of dozens of couch potatoes across America, it promises if it becomes real to at least potentially kickstart moving Seasteading from concept to physical reality.

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  • Heroic Mulatto||

    In which episode does Tonga invade?

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    Galt's Gulch. Only for real.

  • S. Quincy||

    Galt's Gulf?

  • Sevo||

    Galt's Ketch?
    Galt's Junk?
    Galt's Oil Rig?
    Galt's Shipping and Living Company?
    Not there yet; c'mon you players-with-words!

  • S. Quincy||

    Galt's Junk?

    Not going there,

  • Rich||

    Galt's Gulp?

  • S. Quincy||

    I said I was not going there!

  • Rich||

    Oh, come on! It's *invisible*!

  • S. Quincy||

    RAPE!

  • Sevo||

    ..."I'd love to see each and every one of you floating out on a platform in the open ocean, surrounded by TV cameras."...

    Brian, that could easily be interpreted as being delivered with a malicious cackle...

  • Mongo||

    I don't think Doherty realizes that reality teevee only features tha beautiful people and not overweight, hairy libertarians with bad skin.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    Speak for yourself, Mongo.

  • PapayaSF||

    If I were younger and less rooted, I would do this in a minute.

  • SIV||

    Seasteading makes the Free State Project look like a viable alternative.
    New Hampshire has abundant fresh water, things don't start rusting immediately and the hurricane chances are much lower.

  • Sevo||

    buzz-killer!

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Rich||

    WORLD CLASS ADVENTURE GOLF IN NORTH CONWAY

    Is that (WORLD CLASS ADVENTURE) GOLF or WORLD CLASS (ADVENTURE GOLF)?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    The latter.

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    If I didn't love where I live, and own 3 dogs, I'd consider this.

  • ||

    I'd love to see each and every one of you floating out on a platform in the open ocean, surrounded by TV cameras.

    Postrel, on the other hand, would not.

  • Jordan||

    She probably wouldn't mind seeing us afloat on a piece of driftwood.

  • Paul.||

    She'd be that woman that wouldn't let you on the lifeboat, because then there wouldn't be enough room to stretch her legs.

  • ||

    IDK, that's taking it a bit far. She'd let other people on the boat; it's just a matter of them meeting a certain high standard of glamour.

  • S. Quincy||

    Lesson: get fabulous, people.

  • F. Stupidity, Jr.||

    Bah. I already live in a pineapple under the sea.

  • ||

    Agents from

    Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff's Office, the Kerr County Sheriff's Office, Agents of the Texas District Attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.

    raided the harmless weirdos who run the Republic of Texas secessionist government over an alleged misdemeanor.

  • ||

    The problem with the seasteading idea is that it would get strangled in its crib. At the start, it would require constant resupply as there is no way it could make all the machinery and parts it needed and self-produce all the food. And it would need constant fuel supplies.

    As soon as something like this was created with no laws or with legalized drugs and prostitution and weapons trading, most of the nations in the world would absolutely hate it, especially if it promised any kind of secure banking where people could hide their money. And so they would put a stop to it. Even if they didn't do that through direct force, they'd just make it super difficult for the place to get resupplied, and it would be pretty much done for.

    You can't start a new place to live without land. And all the land is controlled by governments who will never give up one iota of power. For most of human history people could find someplace new that wasn't inhabited, but that time is over. There are no new frontiers on Earth, at least not with the current technologies we have. Because every bit of the Earth's land surface is already claimed by a government.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    Nerd.

  • John Titor||

    So basically what you're saying is we need to give up the unrealistic idea of colonizing the ocean and colonize Mars.

    /Missed the point.

  • Beautiful Bean Footage||

    What's Antarctica, chopped liver?

  • ||

    Considering the amount it's been "chopped up"? Basically, yes.

  • Paul.||

    Now the Seasteading project is the root of a planned reality TV show about attempts to build and survive out on the open seas, with the libertarian promise of creating polities with freedoms beyond those known in terrestrial territorites all controlled by states.

    Based on my limited experience in survival scenarios, the first thing you have to nail down is the survival part. The phoolosiphizing and stuff should come later.

    Lots of stories about douchebags who wanted to commune with nature and discovered that once out in it, nature communes you.

  • Sevo||

    "Based on my limited experience in survival scenarios, the first thing you have to nail down is the survival part. The phoolosiphizing and stuff should come later."

    I don't even have that experience, but it is obvious you are correct. Want to attract successful people? Well, make sure survival is NOT an issue from the get-go.
    You don't even want the A/C to be marginal.

  • Beautiful Bean Footage||

    nature communes you

    But only in Soviet Russia.

  • Almanian!||

    Next Reason cruise?

    Come on, guys....

  • Paul.||

    +1 botulism

  • Mongo||

    Again, vacationing on a cruise ship is like being in jail with the added chance of drowning.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    Leave Ted Kennedy out of this!

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    See my reply. Hopefully, we are done here.

  • ||

    Mongo only pawn in game of Captain Stubing.

  • Sevo||

    Mongo|2.23.15 @ 10:36PM|#
    "Again, vacationing on a cruise ship is like being in jail with the added chance of drowning."

    I bought the 'romance of the sea' part, so we head off to AK.
    Well, the north-bound leg was fine; we're on the starboard side. The south-bound?
    Wake up, look out; 'Look! There's the ocean!. Have lunch, look out; 'Look! There's the ocean!' Eat dinner, look out, etc.
    And if the narwhals were swimming in the ocean making a commotion, I missed it.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    +1000 Norovirus

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    I'd definitely watch if the cast were entirely made up of Reason writers.

  • S. Quincy||

    Next Reason cruise:

    Mission to Mars

    Writers and commenters vote on who next gets thrown out of the airlock.

  • F. Stupidity, Jr.||

    After seeing that youtube of the octopus seizing the crab, no thanks.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    What is this now?

  • S. Quincy||

    What is this now?

    The octopus popped open a bottle of IPA, quaffed it, and plotted the destruction of America?

  • Dweebston||

  • Sevo||

    Fast fingers, Dweeb (do you mind if I call you that?)

  • Dweebston||

    Please, please, Dweeb was my father. Call me Mr. Dweebie.

  • Sevo||

    Mr. Dweebie it is.

  • Dweebston||

    (It's a parable for Putin and Crimea.)

  • Sevo||

    C'mon, plug two words into youtube and:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5fZu-1bt6Y

  • F. Stupidity, Jr.||

    I'm still not convinced that wasn't stop-motion photography.

  • Nosea||

    " While ocean living creates unique challenges and costs—Friedman refers to these as the “ocean tax,”

    I refer to "them" as Somalian Pirate booty. Damn it, now we'll need a militia. Now every loony will want to join the gun club.

  • ||

    Reason Island: Where Warty rules by the mighty cudgel of the Doomcock. Rape in the morning, rape at lunch, and rape for dinner... plus an occasional midnight snack of rape.

  • Hank Phillips||

    I remember a science fiction story, perhaps by Chad Oliver or maybe Arthur C Clarke, about people living in a bubble of oxygen-rich liquid denser than seawater at the bottom of the sea. If memory serves, the protagonist decided they were best left alone and said not a word about them after returning to the surface. We could use more such protagonists today.

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