I’m a huge fan of the Seasteading Institute, Charter Cities, etc. etc. because I believe there is very little bad that can come from competition between government. In fact, I believe that — if these measures are successful — bureaucracies around the world will adjust their services accordingly. Is it hopeful? Yes. Are these projects feasible? Probably not in my lifetime.
Every time I pitch the idea to a lefty, though, I usually get a speech about how these projects would only benefit wealthy investors.
Thankfully, blogs like “Let a Thousand Nations Bloom” continually articulate the moral benefits of having reliable systems and incentives for governments to have a competitive orientation.
Today’s latest entry was about Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire on December 17, 2010, in protest of the confiscation of his wares and the harassment and humiliation inflicted on him by municipal officials. As Zach Caceres articulated, “Bouazizi’s tragic story is a reminder to all of those who advocate for the Cambrian Explosion in government that the phrase “Institutions matter” has a human face. To fight for innovation in rules and competitive governance is also to hoist a banner for those like Bouazizi. He and millions like him, quiet and determined, labor in all corners of the world – struggling to reach their full potential because of stultifying rules and government predation.”