April 07, 2009

Pretty sure this amounts to a Seastedding manifesto

I'm interested conceptually, and for the same reason that I'm interested in Martian colonization: lacking a frontier means that established nations need only compete with each other. There are, of course, exceptions to that as various nations fail and new quasi-states arise, but by and large the majority of the habitable land on the planet (and effectively in the entire universe, since there's nowhere else to go yet) is claimed and spoken for by some political reality. There are certainly small islands and even continental regions that are uninhabited, however, so I remain unconvinced that the same ideas could not be tried out on existing land somewhere, but I concede the point that claiming any land on earth under a new flag is bound to constitute an act of war to someone. Defense is -- to my mind at least -- still the primary risk in any such venture.

Article is here.

Posted by: leoncaruthers at 11:32 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Well, you could try to empty out land like our forefathers did: kill most of them with disease then declare the stragglers savages (terrorists might work better in today's world).

Posted by: brousch at April 07, 2009 12:45 PM (5EbLC)

2 The land really was mostly empty when the settlers got here.  To be fair, the germs and disease were incidental.  The whole "cholera-infested blankets" thing has never been substantiated.  European settlers just carried a ton of diseases to which they were already immune.

Also, your guilt is showing.  Pull your pants up.

Posted by: leoncaruthers at April 07, 2009 03:38 PM (PH0UW)

3 Our forefathers killed everyone with disease.  Riiiiiiight.  Why don't you progressive dirtbags just leave?  Go to.. Venzuela or something where you'll be happy. 

Posted by: tangonine at April 25, 2009 01:52 PM (C8Pcc)

4 Eh, brousch is okay.  He's not a real hippie, he's just baiting me.

Posted by: leoncaruthers at May 03, 2009 10:10 AM (JSO4h)

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