The Philosophic Corruption of Reality with David Harriman (10/1/17 Episode Supplement)

By Liberty Under Attack

The following is supplemental content for next Sunday’s (10/1) episode with a returning guest, Darrell Becker. It is a 5-part, 5+ hour presentation by David Harriman, founder of The Falling Apple Science Institute. It was initially posted and put together by Richard Grove of the Peace Revolution Podcast. David’s portion starts at 1hr 20min in.

Herein, David provides the history of the philosophic corruption of reality and describes exactly why modern science has gone off the rails into [Immanuel] Kantian subjectivism.

If you don’t have time to listen by next Sunday, that’s okay, but we will move quickly through the subject of this supplemental episode. Whether you’re interested in physics or not, this is a highly valuable piece of content and is absolutely crucial to the continued evolution of humanity.

Please enjoy.


Reference Map from Peace Revolution:

(0m-3m) The Solipsist – From the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Radio Series) by Douglas Adams (on YouTube)

(3m-8m) Sample from David Harriman’s Philosophic Corruption of Physics Lecture

(Reference) The Philosophic Corruption of Physics supplement pdf

(Interview) David Harriman’s interviews with Jan Irvin @ Gnostic Media

(Book) David Harriman’s “Falling Apple” Institute (www.FallingApple.org)

(Book) “The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics” by David Harriman

(Interview) David Harriman interview on “The Logical Leap” (on YouTube)

(8m-20m) Richard’s opening monologue

(20m-1h20m) Richard Grove interviewed by Jack Blood 08-09-12 discussing LIBOR, PSYWAR, the origins of MK Ultra, and the Philosophic Corruption of Reality which rules the world; as well as how to make that model obsolete.

(Book) Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins pdf, see: pages 206-208 (on Archive dot org)

(1h20-7h33m) The Philosophic Corruption of Physics (Lectures 1-5) by David Harriman

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Quote of the Month (Sept. 2017): Ayn Rand on Physics

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Quote of the Month (Sept. 2017): Ayn Rand on Physics

The following quote by Ayn Rand will provide a fantastic and appropriate “cliffhanger” for next week’s episode of Liberty Under Attack Radio. Darrell Becker & I will attempt to answer that question by walking you through: the philosophic corruption of physics, the electric universe, scientific consensus (part 3), and much more. It is taken from Rand’s 1929, The Journal of Ayn Rand [affiliate link to purchase].


“I have to study: philosophy, higher mathematics, physics, psychology. As to physics—learn why mind and reason are so decried as impotent when coping with the universe. Isn’t there some huge mistake there?”


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Roger Ver, Free Society Foundation Plan to Found New Libertarian Country

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Roger Ver, Free Society Foundation Plan to Found New Libertarian Country

By: Shane Radliff
Sept. 21st, 2017
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Many strategies have been pursued by libertarians/anarchists over time to increase personal freedom and minimize the influence of States. One such strategy is the founding of a new libertarian country, wherein private property is respected and the efficacy of the free market can be proven once and for all.

Roger Ver speaking at the Nexus Conference, Aspen 2017

The first such attempt that I have been able to come across was Preform-Inform, a group of southern California freedom seekers in the 1960s, who investigated the prospects of founding a new libertarian country on a floating artificial platform or on an uninhabited ocean island somewhere. After a handful of years, the members gave up, citing the many (to them) unsolvable obstacles, as well as disagreements upon the size and scope of government to be erected.

Other such projects include Operation Atlantis, Michael Oliver’s “The Capitalist Country,” Sea City “Taluga,” the Dupont-Caribbean Freeport Resort, and Oceania, all of which failed for one reason or another. Click here for a complete analysis of those projects.

Roger Ver and the folks at the Free Society Foundation plan to do something similar and have allegedly already raised $100 million.

They claim that the solution “to really gain sovereignty…is to negotiate with an existing government” by outright buying a piece of land from them.

Their criteria for a location are: “proximity to existing economic powerhouses, accessibility by water, located in a safe, conflict-free area, stable existing government, nations with a significant national debt, a flexible constitution that allows granting sovereignty, [and] acceptable minimum size for the land.”

As expected, the rule of law will be based on libertarian principles and free markets.

That all seems well and good, except for the fact that this has been tried before and to no avail. For example, Werner Steifel, the founder of Operation Atlantis, negotiated a 220-year lease for land on the Haitian Island, Tortuga, and not long after they settled, President Jean-Claude Duvalier expropriated the project once he discovered their plans.

Similarly, Dupont Carribean Inc. of Texas made an agreement with the Haitian government to build a freeport-resort on the same island and Duvalier, again, expropriated the project in favor of the Gulf Oil Corporation.

Not to mention, the founders (or, in some cases, CEO’s), all scoured the Earth in search of a government that would sell them a piece of land, and they had to settle on leases.

Erwin S. Strauss, the “authority” on new country projects in the 20th century, offers some valuable insight into the potentiality for a nation-state or country selling a piece of land to freedom seekers in his book How to Start Your Own Country (1979).

First off, he says:

“One approach to avoiding the need for a military establishment…is buying the territory in question from the nation that currently has it…But this is basically a secondary matter, meaningless until the military situation has been provided for. If the new country lacks the willingness or ability to defend the purchased territory by force of arms, the selling country will have a strong incentive to repudiate the sale as soon as the purchaser’s check clears…In any case, without being backed up by force of arms, any bill of sale or title deed held by the new country would be a worthless scrap of paper.” pp. 11-12 [Emphasis added]

And that makes perfect sense—this strategy essentially puts the faith in the State to actually uphold their contractual agreement and not exercise their fundamental task – to use initiatory force.

Consider a hypothetical, non-libertarian drug-dealer—if he can run away with the money and the drugs, why wouldn’t he?

Although, let’s take a step back—why would a nation-state or country even consider selling a portion of their land to freedom seekers? Chances are, they won’t.

Strauss continues:

“The closest thing to a sale of sovereignty that is conducted routinely is the sale of corporation charters and ship registrations to all comers – with minimum strings attached – by tax-haven countries…But any number of those can be sold without reducing the size of the country doing the selling…once [the country] is sold, there is no further income to be had…” p. 12 [Emphasis added]

In other words, a country or nation has no financial incentive to actually sell a piece of their land when they can ensure continued payments via the aforementioned methods, and even taxation, while still retaining sovereignty. I suppose if a country/nation was in such dire straits financially, maybe they would, but that first excerpt from Strauss comes into play — why wouldn’t they just send their military to re-take it over, after the fact?

Strauss provides another interesting reason why countries are de-incentivized from selling pieces of their land to country builders:

“There is also the great-power influence… They have networks of grants-in-aid, favorable trade terms, military assistance programs, etc., to make it worth any small country’s while to accommodate one or more of them. These great powers want to see the status quo maintained. Especially, they want to see the number of countries held down, because the fewer the players there are…the easier it is for the great powers to manage things to their own advantage.” pp. 12-13 [Emphasis added]

So, small countries are even further dissuaded from selling off a portion of their land, since they could face potentially deadly ramifications from the great powers. And, the $100 million dollars Ver and the Free Society Foundation has to work with is likely a drop in the bucket considering how much aid the great powers can provide.

Also consider the fact that there would be no vice crimes in AnCapistan, Libertopia, or whatever hypothetical free society. If it touched borders with an existing country or nation-state, you can guarantee there would be black marketeers running drugs, weapons, and other contraband into the abutting country.

The established country with tyrannical laws on the books would not be pleased with that prospect, and it would definitely be something they would take into account when deciding whether or not to sell land to country builders.

So, now that Strauss has probably put a damper on your day with reality, what solutions does he offer to make this solution more likely to be a success?

Well, to paraphrase Strauss, a significant enough military force would be required “to head it off [the threat], neutralize it, defeat it, turn it away, or otherwise insure that great-power intervention won’t do them in.”

Keep in mind that attacks from small countries aren’t all the new country founders will have to concern themselves with — it’s also the great powers that are always looking to advance their interests. To defend against that seems impossible — no new country would initially have the money or men to build a military to turn away the massively-funded nation-state armies.

Additionally, no private security firm would be stupid enough (or well-equipped and manned) to agree to such a job.

Strauss proposes the solution:

“Now, however, a new factor is entering the equation: cheap weapons of mass destruction…Even with these weapons, a small unit cannot expect to win outright a war with a large one. However, it can threaten to inflict serious damage on the large unit in the process…by promising to inflict grievous injury in the process of being crushed, they can give the larger units incentive to make detours around the smaller ones; to pursue their great-power interests somewhere else.” p. 19 [Emphasis added]

As an anarchist, pondering that causes extreme uneasiness, but Strauss is simply laying out the reality of the situation.

He continues:

“Now, some new-country organizers will recoil at the thought of inflicting large numbers of casualties…But the fact is that war, and the inflicting of such number of casualties, lies at the heart of statecraft, and he who has no stomach for it needs to look for another line of work. The only way that a nation can avoid having to inflict such causalities is to convince all…that it is ready and willing to inflict them…” p. 19 [Emphasis added]

So, the recommendation is that new-country organizers first take steps to make or acquire weapons of mass destruction. If they don’t, the chances of the libertarian free society surviving (or even coming into existence) are slim to none.

It goes without saying that if any new country project decides to go this route, it must be done with the utmost secrecy and security. Remember when Iraq was even accused of having WMD’s? Keep it a secret.

Nonetheless, I wish Ver and the Free Society Foundation the best of luck. One of the major hurdles is funding; it appears they’re off to a swell start there. Though, I sincerely hope the capital investment put into this project doesn’t end up expropriated by a State, but we’ll just have to see.

In summation, I truly am happy to see the focus moving away from political crusading into direct action-oriented strategies, even if they are unlikely to ever come into fruition.

But, that’s not grounds for pessimism.

After continued failures, I do believe that individuals will decide to take steps themselves to increase their personal freedom, whether that take the form of van nomadism, intentional communities, minimalist sailboating, perpetual traveling, or whatever.

The outlook for personal freedom has never looked better.


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Seasteading, Prepping, & Survivalism: Shane on the Moment of Rage Podcast (LUA Podcast #52)

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On this episode of Liberty Under Attack Radio, you’ll hear my interview on Jeremiah Harding’s Moment of Rage podcast. He originally reached out to me after hearing an episode of The Vonu Podcast on food storage and invited me to come on. We began by discussing seasteading, The Marinea Project, psychological factors of living and “organizing” on the water, and then we dove deeply into prepping and survivalism–namely, things to put in your bug-out bag, considerations when choosing a bug-out location, and bugging out alone vs. with others, among other things.

This was a fun conversation and I highly recommend you check out Jeremiah’s podcast!

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“Pirate” Broadcasting on the Rise (Self-Liberation Notes, 1985)

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PIRATE BROADCASTING ON THE RISE

Transcriber’s Note: The following is a short article taken from Self-Liberation Notes, August 1985, written by Jim Stumm. This was an interesting piece, as pirate radio effectively was the alternative media before the Internet, according to a quote in the article. This full publication will be available on The Vonu Podcast website soon. Please enjoy.


In the US & countries around the world, 100s of people are operating unlicensed radio stations. Although this phenomena has been occurring for 30 years, it has recently become an enforcement nightmare for the Federal Communications Commission. Faced with severe budget cuts, the FCC would rather pretend these stations do not exist than deal with them. Their strategy lately has been to focus on widely heard “pirate” radio stations & then publicize their actions against them.

The increase in such broadcasting might be attributed to activities of the Association of Clandestine Radio Enthusiasts, or ACE. This 3 year old organization reports on the activities of underground broadcasters & shortwave spy transmissions. ACE takes no position for or against illegal broadcasting, & thus encourages discussion on the subject. But their policy of providing information on these stations & letting people decide for themselves if pirates are a good or bad thing, may have contributed to the increase in underground broadcasting activity.

According to Darren Leno, president of ACE:

“Most underground radio stations feel they are providing an alternative to the corporate-controlled airwaves. People need to be aware that these stations exist. If someone agrees with the pirates that commercial radio in this country stinks, they’ve just found an alternative media & a lot of new friends.” [Emphasis added]

Most pirate stations operate weekend evenings. In larger cities, especially on the East Coast, pirates can be heard by tuning your AM radio receiver past the very top of the dial, from 1600 to 1630 kHz. FM pirates can also be found operating in the NYC area. Perhaps the easiest stations to hear are the shortwave pirates. They operate anywhere from 7:00pm to 12:00pm Eastern Time between 7400 kHz and 7500 kHz, with a preferred frequency of 7425 kHz. A shortwave receiver is needed to hear these pirates. Shortwave frequencies allow these stations to be heard around the country & often around the world.

ACE published information on when, where, & why these pirates broadcast each month. For more information about this organization & the pirates, send a long self-addressed & stamped envelope to ACE, P.O. Box 452, Moorhead, MN 56560.

ACE also operates a computer message system that can be accessed by anyone with a personal computer & a telephone modem. It is available 24 hours a day at 913-677-1288. Messages can be exchanged with other members & pirate information obtained immediately.

(Adapted from a press release dated Aug. 1985 from ACE)


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Against Social Reformism (LUA Podcast #51)

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On this episode of Liberty Under Attack Radio, Jason & I read and discuss an article by Rayo from, Vonu: The Search for Personal Freedom, Number 2 — Letters from Rayo. The article in question shares the same title as this episode, and is another refutation of collective movementism as a whole. The only difference from other articles is that Rayo groups anarcho-capitalists in with the anti-Libertarian “Libertarian” Party, anarcho-communists, and revolutionists.

Against Social Reformism by Tom of Preform (Rayo)

He claims that they all share the same common fallacies, among other things. What do you think? Is Rayo correct? Or is he completely off base?

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Freedom Through a Lifestyle Business with Kevin Geary (LUA Podcast #50)

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The once touted “job security” within the statist-servile society is become less and less stable as time goes on. With most folks being employed by major corporations and the seemingly endless acquisitions and mergers, more people are finding themselves laid off, bringing their financial situation into an uncertain state.

But, with that uncertainty comes new opportunities–the opportunity discussed today is building your own lifestyle business. A lifestyle business can provide you with the financial income you need and more, in addition to the freedom from the grueling 9-5 jobs.

My guest for today, Kevin Geary, has built one successful lifestyle business and is working on another right now. He launched Rebooted Body in 2013 and continues to reap in profits to this day; his new project, Six Figure Grind, is a project geared towards individuals looking to build lifestyle businesses–there’s a community for networking and you can even let Kevin’s experience work for you.

But, whether it’s a lifestyle business or an entrepreneurial venture more generally, Kevin and I discuss the major hang-ups beginners have, solutions to those problems, the importance of email marketing, and much, much more.

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Exorcising Those Collectivist Spooks: A Brief History & The Practicality of Vonu (LUA Podcast #49)

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On this episode of Liberty Under Attack Radio, you’ll hear my recent guest appearance on Kyle Turnblazer’s The Liberty Forge podcast. We discuss seasteading, The Marinea Project, Rayo, vonu, direct action throughout history, and even dove into some philosophical stuff towards the end—namely, voting, controlled schizophrenia, and, paraphrasing Rayo, strategies on exorcising those collectivist spooks from your head.

It was a terrific discussion and I highly recommend you check out his podcast!

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How to Start Your Own Country? A Book Review (LUA Podcast #48)

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On this episode of Liberty Under Attack Radio, I review and discuss Erwin S. Strauss’ book How to Start Your Own Country. I cover the five approaches he presented, namely, traditional sovereignty, ship under flag of convenience, litigation, vonu, and model countries, and also discuss the most interesting case studies relating to founding new countries.

Being in a unique position, Strauss has some interesting recommendations for current and future new country projects, the most controversial being his case for the creation or acquisition of weapons of mass destruction as a means of defense from “great powers.”

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Seasteading Case Studies: Learning from the Failed Attempts of the Past

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Author’s Note: The following is an article I wrote for Ocean Living Magazine, the publication for The Marinea Project, where I am currently serving as their communications specialist. Click here for the full list of archives for The Marinea Podcast. Please enjoy!


Seasteading Case Studies: Learning from the Failed Attempts of the Past
By: Shane Radliff

For thousands of years, land has provided human beings the optimal headquarters for living. Resources were aplenty, large amounts of “real estate” were available for homesteading, and individuals could develop it as they saw fit.

That is, until two important things happened. One, being the advent of urbanization, or the corralling of large amounts of people into small areas and, two, being the various governments’ jurisdictional claims to 99.9% of all land in the world, including the most obscure, uninhabited islands.

A large number of folks’ subjective preferences lead them to remain in the cities, but there are those seeking a “return to the land” in the form of off-grid homesteading—they just want to be left alone with nature. But, governments, tending to be the control freaks that they are, have a nasty habit of fining and evicting private property owners via nuisance abatement (i.e. local codes and ordinances).

As Tom Marshall (Rayo), a freedom pioneer in the 1960s and 70s said, “Apply your free market principles by setting sail for sunnier waters.”

And he was right—the “homesteading” of the sea (seasteading) will play (and is playing) an inevitable role in the future of human freedom and survival.

Marinea is but one such project looking to found a village at sea; the other one with any notoriety would be The Seasteading Institute. Little known, there were also a few attempts at founding new libertarian countries in the open ocean in the mid-20th century.

For purposes of historical relevance, as well as potential lessons for current and future seasteaders, let’s take a look at their failed efforts to see where they went wrong.

(Author’s Note: Due to the scarcity of resources at the time this article goes to press, specific years may not always be provided. The resources referenced are: The Nation Builders’ Struggle, Brian Doherty’s Radicals for Capitalism, Rayo’s Vonu: The Search for Personal Freedom, Roy Halliday’s Operation Atlantis, Erwin Strauss’ How to Start Your Own Country, and some updates on the projects from Wikipedia.)

The Free Isles Project

The Free Isles Project was a venture that spawned out of the Preform-Inform movement and the Innovator libertarian zine in the 1960s. The goal was to conduct research on the efficacy of setting up a new libertarian nation, solutions to potential obstacles, and the seemingly endless possibilities if it were to come into fruition.

This project continued for a handful of years, but it never got past the talking stage. Eventually, the movement subsided after disagreements arose regarding the size and scope of government, the lack of individuals willing to become involved, and the potential ramifications from existing nation states.

Nonetheless, the Free Isles Project seems to be the origin of these ventures and influenced at least one, if not all, of the projects below.

Operation Atlantis

From the outset, the Free Isles Project was just a research effort. The first actual attempt at bringing a new libertarian nation into fruition was Werner Stiefel’s Operation Atlantis.

The plan was laid out in three stages: “(1) gather libertarians in a single location, (2) acquire an ocean vessel and declare it to be an independent nation while in international waters, and (3) create ‘an artificial island as close to the shores of the U.S. as international law will permit and Uncle Sam will tolerate.’”

Furthermore, according to Brian Doherty in his book, Radicals for Capitalism, their goal was to “eventually obtain sovereignty over some island…and turn it into a fresh new country.” From there they would have their base of operations and would start to build artificial platforms which would hopefully coalesce into the actual objective—a floating nation on the water.

The location he chose for recruiting libertarians was a hotel he had purchased in Saugerites, New York, which is right on the Hudson River, giving them water access to the Atlantic Ocean.

From scratch, they constructed a boat out of rebar and cement and set sail, only to have their vessel tip over and catch fire in the Hudson River. Persevering, they were able to navigate the vessel to the Silver Shoals area (near the Bahamas) when their ship sank.

Luckily, Steifel had already negotiated a 220-year lease for some land on the Haitian island, Tortuga, with the agreed-upon reason being for a small commercial chemical-mixing plant. But, once the Haitians learned of their plan to start a floating nation (from their own publication), President Jean-Claude Duvalier drove them out of the area, as it had already been slated for other purposes.

It is reported by Erwin Strauss, author of How to Start Your Own Country, and visitor to the hotel, that “Mr. Stiefel was approaching the enterprise as a Sunday afternoon diversion,” while focusing most of his time and effort on his pharmaceutical company. Strauss attributes that as one of the many reasons the dream of Atlantis died.

Michael Oliver’s, “The Capitalist Country”

Michael Oliver was a Lithuanian-born concentration camp survivor who set out to found “The Capitalist Country” in 1968.

He investigated many areas for his new nation and attempted to solidify purchases of land from countries with little or no government, but it was to no avail until Minerva was founded in 1972. Oliver and his crew laid claim to “two small coral atolls in the South Pacific, 400 miles south of Fiji,” and 260 miles northeast of the Kingdom of Tonga. Notices were sent to nations and they began dredging, capping out at 15 acres before running out of investment capital—far below their goal of 2,500 acres.

Doherty reports that the “project was breaking apart over personal squabbling” and that “…Oliver was washing his hands of the whole thing.”

Surrounding island countries caught wind of the venture and understood the negative ramifications if it were allowed to succeed. Then, on February 23, 1972, a box of supplies was dropped, labeled, “supplied and maintained by the government of Tonga.” The actions by the Tongan government were supported by many surrounding island countries. And, in the blink of an eye and with one gun boat, Minerva was conquered by the king of Tonga.

After that, Oliver pursued other strategies in founding his nation until he finally returned to the original goal—building artificial ocean cities. In the early 1990s, he set out to found the country of Oceania and penned the venture as the already known and nostalgic Atlantis Project.

In less than a couple of years it ended and at oceania.org, it still reads,

“The Atlantis Project, which proposed the creation of a floating sea city named Oceania, began in February 1993, receiving nationwide publicity from The Art Bell Show, Details Magazine, The Miami Herald, Boating Magazine, and worldwide publicity in Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, England, and Belgium. The project ended in April of 1994.”

Sea City “Taluga”

In 1969, the Cortez Development Corporation set out to found Sea City Taluga, a project focused primarily on tourism and recreation, rather than libertarian ideals like the previous case studies. Nonetheless, they still planned on setting up an autonomous government, albeit structured more like a corporation’s board of trustees than a traditional one.

The location chosen was Cortez Bank, an area allegedly claimed by no government 100 miles west of Mexico. In the most complete article written on the subject of new libertarian nations, John L. Snare claims that, “The bank rises from the deep ocean floor and is not on the continental shelf by any accepted geological or legal definition.”

Phase 1 was estimated to cost $350 million (keep in mind the year) and the entire project a substantial $2 billion—it was a MAJOR undertaking.

But, unfortunately, sometime after 1972, the U.S. government declared that the bank, as part of the continental shelf, was U.S. territory. The plan died and all capital investment in the project was wasted.

What Can We Learn?

Let’s first revisit why these projects failed or came to an end:

  • The Free Isles Project: It was purely a research venture and the participants deemed it to be an inefficacious pursuit.
  • Operation Atlantis: It seems they weren’t completely honest in their contractual agreement with Duvalier, and therefore, he drove them out of the area when they started work on the floating nation.
  • Operation Minerva: Their fate was sealed by infighting, a lack of funding, and an embarrassing lack of defense; it only took one Tongan gunboat to force them out.
    • Oceania/Operation Atlantis II: It was simply a lack of funding and interest.
  • Sea City Taluga: The U.S. caught wind of the project and declared the continental shelf U.S. territory.

Two terms need to be defined to make sense of this (from Wikipedia):

  • Contiguous Zone (CZ): “A band of water extending from the outer edge of the territorial sea up to 24 nautical miles (27.6 miles) from the baseline, within which a state can exert limited control for the purpose of preventing or punishing ‘infringement of its customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws and regulations…’”
  • Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ): “Extends from the outer limit of the territorial sea to a maximum of 200 nautical miles (230.2 miles) from the territorial sea baseline…A coastal nation has control of all economic resources within its exclusive economic zone…However, it cannot prohibit passage or loitering above, on, or under the surface of the sea…”

The demise of Operation Atlantis can easily be attributed to the fact that they were within the CZ of Haiti and that their contractual agreement, as far as we know, did not include their plans for starting a nation at sea.

Operation Minerva (“The Capitalist Country”) provides us with a more sinister outcome. They were well outside the EEZ of Fiji, and were about 30 miles outside of the EEZ of Tonga, yet, the Tongan government still brought forth aggressive action to evict Oliver and his associates, much to the satisfaction of the surrounding island nations.

Erwin Strauss attributes their downfall to their lack of ability to defend their land, yet he postulates that Tonga could have easily obtained military support from the larger nations, if it was necessary. To paraphrase Psalms, put not your trust in princes, nor should you place faith in governments to actually follow their own laws.

Moreover, Sea City Taluga provides us with an example of what not to do—utilize any continental shelf, lagoon, atoll, etc. that is within the EEZ of the United States. Even though Snare claimed that there is no legal or geological justification for “ownership,” the U.S. still swooped in and crashed the party. It’s not wise to put that much investment capital at risk when the government can change terms and definitions willy-nilly.

How Marinea Plans to Avoid These Issues

The Cay Sal Bank is well outside any nation or country’s CZ, and Marinea will not be “infringing” upon any nation or country’s EEZ, since it will be a floating village at sea. Also, the success of Marinea will not depend or rely upon some contractual agreement with the government of the Bahamas, nor of any other country. There will be neighborly cooperation, if applicable, but that’s about it.

Furthermore, the three phase plan is realistic and doesn’t require hundreds of millions of dollars of investing to get off the ground. The first phase of the project specifically will be a ship under flag of convenience, by way of a modified shipping barge. The efficacy of this strategy has been proven time and time again.

Summarily, one of the issues that continually came up with the aforementioned case studies, as well as other “new nation” projects, is the lack of or running out of funding. Marinea has an answer to this problem. Once phase one is achieved, there will be extensive money-making possibilities, which will reduce (if not eliminate) the need for outside investing.

Conclusion

As George Santayana is attributed to have said, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Current and future seasteaders would be wise to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors and correct them to increase their chances of success.

In the long view of human history, this is still a brand new strategy and I envision many more unforeseen obstacles before the inevitable success. Seasteaders are the pioneers of the modern era—rather than utilizing the failed political means, they are the folks seeking to shift the entire paradigm and open the world up to a whole new slew of possible solutions to problems that humans face going into the future.

We here at The Marinea Project are setting sail for sunnier waters. Are you?


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