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April 6, 2009

We’re hoping this blog will provide a space to investigate and document an emerging bazaar of government.  Just as competitive markets increase the quality of goods while lowering their cost, our aim is to explore the ways a competitive market in government might move the quality and cost of government services in the same positive directions.  New countries, jurisdictional arbitrage, mobility, polycentric legal order, seasteading–these are but a few of the areas we plan on discussing, probing, and musing upon.  In short, we hope this blog will serve as a nexus of information on competitive government.  Over the next week, with Patri’s essay at Cato Unbound,  we’ll get the ball rolling.  Stay tuned!

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  4. April 9, 2009 10:04 pm

    Patri and Mike,

    I’ve followed a number of new country projects over the years. Seasteading is an admirable initiative. Yet there’s a practical path for emergence of free societies that your Cato essay did not explore: creation of free trade zones.

    As Alvin Rabushka has noted, once political rentseekers have suffocated their economies, the one remaining favor left for them to “pork barrel” is an exemption from their predations.

    This has led to creation of hundreds of new freeports and free zones (including China and India’s SEZs, and ZonAmerica in the western hemisphere). These land-based free zones have become the fastest growing parts of the world economy.

    Openworld is extending “challenge offers” of microvouchers and work-study projects to further this trend, and awaken understanding of the free zone benefits at grassroots levels in impoverished regions. In our future support to entrepreneurial schools in poor areas, we will be glad to encourage student research (summarized in YouTube videos) on areas of interest to the Seasteading project. We’ll welcome your thoughts on priority issues that high school and university students might explore.

    Further information on free zones and the Openworld “Seeds of Change” strategy can be found at —

    We look forward to next communications on the next steps.


    Mark Frazier
    President, Openworld
    “Awakening assets for good”
    @openworld (follow on Twitter)

  5. Mike Gibson permalink*
    April 8, 2009 12:36 am

    Luvfreedom, you should be able to subscribe to our site by using our address alone. Let me know if you’re still having trouble with that and I’ll find a way to fix it.

  6. Luvfreedom permalink
    April 8, 2009 12:22 am

    Is there an RSS feed for new posts? I’d love to subscribe if I could only find the RSS feed.

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