Atlas Swam: Freedom, Capital, and Floating Sovereignties in the Seasteading Vision
Although seasteading is a highly speculative, and even fanciful project, it reflects attempts to resolve contradictions within capitalism: between, on the one hand, the need for order and planning, and, on the other hand, the desire to foster and lionize individual freedom. In the United States, this tension has most visibly entered mainstream discourse through the rise of the Tea Party movement, whose ideology combines adherence to classical liberal ideals about individual entrepreneurship with hostility toward government intervention. Although the seasteading movement, like its better known and more realizable libertarian contemporaries, proposes a solution that its leaders say will resolve this tension, our analysis reveals that it would merely rework it, and thus it unwittingly reinforces the structures it seeks to escape.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA; 2: Center for International Studies, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, USA; 3: Department of Political Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA;
Publication date: 01 September 2012