Earlier this afternoon:
Rachel: do the libertarian wonks supporting seasteading intend to continue their wonkery once they move to the sea colony? or would they have to like, build stuff for the first few years?
Julian: Build stuff? Don’t be silly. The Market will provide
Rachel: So the equilibrium is a place populated partly by libertarian escapists, and partly by non-libertarian teachers and nurses and radio dispatchers who work there because none of the escapists could do those jobs (or in sufficient quantities to meet demand)?
Julian: Who said anything about teachers and nurses? The Market will do it.
Julian: In a pure libertopia, the Market will be so efficient as to dispense with the need for human intermediaries, like a Lovecraftian Elder God who casts aside the husk of an avatar to bestow the touch of madness with its own deathless tentacles.
Rachel: Sweet. I’m moving.
Rachel: Ready the dinghy.
Julian: Also, I’m having T-shirts with the slogan “ready the dinghy” made up.
Rachel: The dinghy WITH NO MAKER. Because I demand one and will pay, it shall appear.
Rachel: Or does that just take effect once I’m a’stead?
Julian: Time and causality have no meaning in a frictionless market
Julian: As God constantly creates Himself outside of spacetime
Julian: So supply creates its own demand
Julian: Your desire for a dinghy is merely the tesseract shadow cast by the four-dimensional dinghy itself
Rachel: Man, there was a lot I missed in that Patri Friedman post.
Julian: Not all are prepared for the Higher Efficient Markets Theory.
An unsettling proportion of my IM conversations look vaguely like this.
Update: I should probably clarify that this is just a bit of silliness on my part, not really a dig at any particular experiment in living, and certainly not at Patri, who clearly doesn’t hold the sort of panglossian view I’m caricaturing here.