At the end of the e-mail he also included a link to a video of Patri Friedman speaking at the Mises Institute in Finland about his Seasteading Institute and the seasteading project. Readers of the main EPJ page may remember our own Robert Wenzel posting about the involvement of billionaire libertarian entrepreneur Peter Thiel with this project.
Now, I've read a lot of stuff from all three of the Friedmans over the years, including Patri, and I had heard of the Seasteading Institute and the idea for these floating countries out in international waters. As a result, I wasn't too interested in following the link because I assumed there wasn't much new for me to learn. But, as the link was sent by my friend I thought it would be polite to at least review the first few minutes...
I ended up watching the whole thing.
If you're already familiar with "seasteading" and you like the idea and want to share it with others, this is the link to send around. And if you've never heard of seasteading and you want to learn about the philosophy and practical considerations of the idea, this talk of Patri's at the Mises Institute in Finland is the most comprehensive one I have come across. It is clear from watching it that Patri "gets" the philosophy of freedom.
And what I like about this idea besides its revolutionary and original nature is its subversiveness. Don't let Patri's marketing of seasteading as "competitive government" fool you-- the seasteading philosophy is thoroughly libertarian and the practical implications of actual floating seasteads will be more places for people to live free of government regulation and intervention because anyone who wants to try socialism on the seas will find it breaks down even faster than communism on a kibbutz.
Here is the video of Patri's talk at the Mises Institute in Finland: