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{{TheFWD header}}{{DISPLAYTITLE:5. We Deserve A Future Of Good Governance - Patri Friedman and Brad Taylor}}We deserve a future of good governance in which people live under high-quality rule sets suited to their preferences. Rules are enormously important to human welfare – just look at the differences between those on opposite sides of an arbitrary border, such as that separating [http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~chad/handbook9sj.pdf North and South Korea].<ref>http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~chad/handbook9sj.pdf</ref> Rules are a meta-technology that determines how well people can cooperate to achieve their goals, and the potential benefits of improvement in this area dwarf those of any other effort to improve the world.
We deserve a future of good governance in which people live under high-quality rule-sets suited Proposals to their preferencesimprove government are common, but few are ever tried. Rules Those that are enormously important to human welfare – just look at the differences between those on opposite sides of an arbitrary bordertried generally end badly. The clearest example is communism, such as which claimed [http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/COM.ART.HTM more than a hundred million lives]<ref>http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/COM.ART.HTM</ref> and left billions poor and miserable. It's no wonder that separating conservatives see [http://elsafaculty.berkeleyrcc.edu/~chadsellick/handbook9sjOn%20Being%20Conservative.pdf North and South Korearadical reform as dangerous]. Rules are a meta-technology which determines how well people can cooperate to achieve their goals, and the potential benefits of improvement in this area dwarf those of any other effort to improve the world<ref>http://faculty.rcc.edu/sellick/On%20Being%20Conservative.pdf</ref>
Proposals The central difficulty of improving governance is like any product: we don't know what will work ahead of time. Products improve not by some grand plan that maps progress from start to improve government are commonfinish, but few are ever triedby a series of decentralized experiments that allow ideas to be retained or discarded based on performance in reality. Those which are tried generally end badly. The clearest example This is communism, which claimed [httpwhy we have such amazing phones today://wwwentrepreneurs tested ideas against technological constraints and consumer preferences.hawaii.edu/powerkills/COM.ART.HTM more than a hundred million lives] Good ideas were retained and left billions poor and miserablebad ideas abandoned – without anyone needing to die. It’s no wonder that conservatives see [http://faculty.rcc.edu/sellick/On%20Being%20Conservative.pdf radical reform as dangerous]Over time, we progressed from clunky machines to modern smartphones.
The central difficulty of improving In governance , though, such low-stakes experimentation is like any product: we don’t know what will work ahead of timecurrently impossible. Products Those wishing to improve not by some grand plan which maps progress politics have the impossible task of creating proposals without incremental feedback from start to finishreality. If they get things wrong, but by a series millions of decentralized experiments which allow ideas to be retained people may suffer or discarded based on performance die. Rather than groping in reality. This is why the dark for the right solution, as utopian philosophers do, we have such amazing phones today: entrepreneurs tested ideas against technological constraints need to bring progress to politics by lowering the barriers to experimentation and consumer preferencesmaking failure less costly. Good If new countries could be created by those with good ideas were retained , and bad ideas abandoned - without anyone needing citizens could move to die. Over time, whatever country best suited their preferences – and leave if it got unpleasant – we progressed from clunky machines to modern smartphoneswould see the decentralized experimentation that drives progress in other areas.
In governanceHistorically, thoughthis has happened on the frontier, such low-stakes experimentation but since every square inch of land is currently impossible. Those wishing to improve politics have the impossible task of creating proposals without incremental feedback from reality. If they get things wrong, millions of people may suffer or die. Rather than groping in the dark for the right solution, as utopian philosophers doclaimed by some existing government, we need to bring progress to politics by lowering look elsewhere. In the barriers to long run, space will provide a vast blank space for experimentation and making failure less costly. If new countries could be created by those with good ideas and citizens could move to whatever country best suited their preferences - and leave if it got unpleasant - we would see , but there is another frontier here on Earth which is ready now: the decentralized experimentation that drives progress in other areasocean.
HistoricallyBy developing the knowledge we need to permanently live on the ocean comfortably at a reasonable cost, my colleagues and I at [http://seasteading.org/ The Seasteading Institute]<ref>http://seasteading.org</ref> hope to transform the market for governance. The political vacuum of the ocean would itself make seasteading worthwhile (we don't have to fight anyone for it). As it turns out, this the ocean has happened another important property: shifting large objects is much easier in water than on land (that's why the ocean is our global highway for goods). With modular ocean cities, people could move countries without leaving their house. Seasteading makes it easier to create and compete in the nation-state industry. While settling the frontierocean may sound utopian and unrealistic, but since every square inch of land it is currently claimed far more humble and realistic than the alternatives. We admit our ignorance about the ideal society, so we want to [http://athousandnations.com/ let a thousand nations bloom]<ref>http://athousandnations.com</ref> to see what works. And by some existing governmenttransforming a political problem to a technological one, we need avoid the [http://www.cato-unbound.org/2009/04/06/patri-friedman/beyond-folk-activism/ problems endemic to look elsewherelarge-scale politics].<ref>http://www. In cato-unbound.org/2009/04/06/patri-friedman/beyond-folk-activism/</ref> While the long run[http://seasteading.org/strategic-areas/engineering technological challenges]<ref>http://seasteading.org/strategic-areas/engineering</ref> are large, space will provide they are far easier than convincing a vast blank space majority of the population that your utopia is worth the whole country trying. The [http://seasteading.org/blogs/engineering/2010/08/19/the-cruise-market cruise ship industry]<ref>http://seasteading.org/blogs/engineering/2010/08/19/the-cruise-market</ref> shows that people can live comfortably at sea for experimentation, but there around $200 per day. Our mission is another frontier here on Earth which is ready nowto drive comfort and safety up and cost down while finding better ways to [http://seasteading.org/community/contests/sinkorswim-2010 make a living at sea].<ref>http: the ocean//seasteading.org/community/contests/sinkorswim-2010</ref>
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While settling the ocean may sound utopian and unrealistic, it is far more humble and realistic than the alternatives. We admit our ignorance about the ideal society, so we want to [http:<references//athousandnations.com/ let a thousand nations bloom] to see what works. And by transforming a political problem to a technological one, we avoid the [http://www.cato-unbound.org/2009/04/06/patri-friedman/beyond-folk-activism/ problems endemic to large-scale politics]. While the [http://seasteading.org/strategic-areas/engineering technological challenges] are large, they are far easier than convincing a majority of the population that your utopia is worth the whole country trying. The [http://seasteading.org/blogs/engineering/2010/08/19/the-cruise-market cruise ship industry] shows that people can live comfortably at sea for around $200 per day. Our mission is to drive comfort and safety up and cost down while finding better ways to [http://seasteading.org/community/contests/sinkorswim-2010 make a living at sea].>
Settling the oceans is a realistic way of increasing quality, diversity, and innovation in governance. It avoids the hubris of top-down reform, and there is a clear path from here to there. While there is much work to be done, the potential benefits are huge. We hope you’ll join us in supporting seasteading as a powerful way to move towards the Future We Deserve.[[Category:TheFWD]]

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