I'm sorry I haven't been active lately. Lots of different things going on, but I've also just been a bit unsure. We've definitely got to a point where we aren't totally unknown. There's a website. I met people in real life who had heard of it (amazing, right?). And we have 57 subscribers, probably at least half are thanks to @coopzy.
@Reconn has had some great arguments about just trying to live a sane, happy and free life. And ultimately, they are really right. You don't have to start a country to be sort of free, or above all, be happy. I think the meaning of life is to be happy. We are free-thinking beings (I guess some might disagree), but I don't see a point for having an autonomous, self-ware mind and to not be happy with life.
Maybe happiness for you is skydiving, traveling, racing, or farming. Maybe it's running for mayor and trying to make your city Great Again (TM).
But, what I see is that we're probably nearing an ugly point with the US. Things will start to crash at one point or another. Maybe as soon as a year out, I don't know. And things will get worse. And what is tolerable may not be down the road.
It's very possible that trying to fight the change at all will be worse than just letting it happen. But, I'm not one to just let things slide. And fight, in this case, is more like "flee", and then fight the hordes of "legal" issues we may face. That's okay, to me.
Even Bitcoin is a little iffy, which makes me really sad. I've been pondering lots on how to make a e-cash system that's totally point to point, but I'm not finding a way that it works. The reason is because copy operations are so cheap with computers. They don't really exist in real life, everything is normally a move. So when you give someone a bar of gold, you don't have it any more. With computers, the bar of gold exists on both by default. There may be some ways to approach currency differently, with like a refresh or proof of power, but that isn't really about money. You could also make the currency relative to those transactions between it, with micro-ledgers and trust systems. Either way, it's tricky to solve. The ideal scenario is a global Internet with one blockchain, which is basically what Bitcoin is. Some day, there may not be an unsegregated Internet. Making a point to point dgital currency may actually be the best thing anyone could do for freedom. Maybe someone will have a crack at it down the road. But either way, there's still a place for a free country. And there's always Mercury dimes.
So anyway, here's my plan:
0. I'm not saving much money living in Palo Alto. Not surprising! I'll probably try to work remote and maybe move back to Texas. Probably when my lease is up, six months from now. Then, I should be able to start saving notably more money. I may also just move to a cheaper place, but out of state may also mean no more state income tax, which would be awesome. Either way, I need to throw away less money every month.
0. Save up money for a chunk of property. Still leaning towards Wyoming. Not great in that there's no coast, but it's really the best I know of. Also open to West Texas or other places.
0. Find property with lots of attached (ideally) parcels for sale.
What I want to do is buy one lot for myself and another one to "sell" off chunks/rent off chunks. Just if everything explodes, I'd be happy to have all of my stuff built on my own land without any questions about whose it is, and I still have a place to live. I hope it's not necessary, but if nothing else, it's more land and less debate in the future.
So drawing this out:
Where # is for sale land, $ is ancapistan, @ is my place, an extension of ancapistan, and # is a for-sale lot.
This way, anyone can buy up land next to it. If someone wants a really large chunk of property, ideally, they might buy up on the sides. Ancapistan central (legally sketchier) could grow vertically and contiguously, while the rest is off the side. It will probably evolve and get more complicated from there, but at least it might start in some way sort of making sense.
I'll shoot for a 30 acre minimum parcel size for Ancapistan main. I'd love that for my own spot, but something smaller would be fine, just at least 10 acres.
The sort-of beauty about this is that whoever "legally" owns the parcel that's being subdivided in a non-State compliant way, can compete with the others to offer it however they want. And there's a financial incentive from the beginning. And ideally, there would be more sales than renting. And in time, hopefully, Ancapistan land would prove to be worth as much as officially titled land.
I think you can expect the parcels to be $20,000-40,000 each, if going into a cheap area. Not spare change, but not really pricey, either. The main expense will be making it livable and turning it into a real place with infrastructure.
What this means is that I don't think Seasteading is viable in the near future. I don't think that there's a magic plot of land (other than Liberland, I know a guy who may be colonizing it next year) waiting to be found. I don't think there's any one scenario that works in all ways.
The advantages to starting in the US:
0. Ease of accessibility.
0. Close tie in to the US economy (could possibly have Amazon deliver to the property)
0. It's on land.
0. We can drill for fresh water.
0. You can drive to it.
0. Relocation is less tricky in some ways.
Disadvantage is we don't get a coastal front. The weather is probably not going to be the best to get cheap-enough land. And it's super sketchy legally. But I don't think I'll be sending out any more letters for permission; this is probably a thing that's better to be asking forgiveness for than permission. Or to just not give any sympathy and shrug at the complaints.
If this seems about right, I propose we shift gears to mainly figure out shelter, supplies, and probably make Internet a higher priority, as connectivity will allow for remote work which makes bump starting a new economy a lot easier.
Once funds are together for the land, we can find a spot. I am open to having "ancapistan proper" signed over to a group of some kind (LLC?), and/or we can pool funds for it. While I'd love more land, I think 30 acres would be plenty for the time being, and we don't need a ton of money for it. I think the less funding, the better. We may also want a contract to sign that basically says that everything in the zone will not make anyone liable. I don't want to see one bad apple suing everyone because he/she did improvements to something and take something to court. We could basically say that everyone knows that in land X, all actions taken within will be settled internally, and not with a higher court, and that the higher court (state or fed) has no jurisdiction, but more in the wording that all problems will be internally addressed and that there's no reason for the court to waste its time.
I think I'd rambled on long enough. Just keep in mind that this hopefully won't be the last ancapistan. If you don't like wherever we're going, you can start another one somewhere else. Hopefully Liberland will work out and be another option, too. I would love to have a whole tropical island country, but we've come up dry. So maybe this will be something, and better than nothing.
The next step is to figure out who you want to be and what you want to do in Ancapistan. I think I can handle internet connectivity and start a hosting company. And when that's running well, hopefully, start building motorcycles. Maybe gas stations, roads, and then motorcycles. And hopefully, someone will compete with me.
Lastly, if you join in, I would encourage you to have a surface-legality with the neighbor State. This means file your taxes, even if they are $0. And keep a driver's license just in case (actually, may not need one to "travel" in the US, but that's another discussion), and to take part in both economies.
And lastly-lastly, I think I'll end with my favorite quote:
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged