Patri Friedman

Beyond democracy: could seasteads and cryptocurrencies replace the nation state?

Democracy is regarded as the best form of government there is. But it isn’t working too well and start-up societies could be the answer

For the past 20 years I’ve been working to enable start-up societies: permanent autonomous zones on land or at sea intended to accelerate economic development and to serve as laboratories for voluntary political experiments.

For just as long (in fact since I first read The Sovereign Individual), I’ve been interested in the potential of digital cash, which is finally arriving in the form of bitcoin and the emerging cryptocurrency industry.

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