My name is Julian le Roux, and I would like to live in a semi-permanent intentional community of voluntaryists, based on a cruise ship that travels around the world. By flying a flag of convenience and spending most of its time in international waters, this ‘VoluntShip’ could experiment with free-market legal systems and provide a degree of individual liberty unattainable on land.
The idea of libertarian islands (floating or fixed) is nothing new, but there doesn’t appear to be any specific project that matches the above description (if there is, please enlighten me). I have no grandiose delusions that I will be instrumental in bringing such a project to fruition, or that it will happen within the next decade. This blog is simply a diary of my thoughts, efforts and experiences as I attempt to get on this envisioned voluntaryist vessel.
While this concept is clearly an example of an early seastead, it is not intended to be formally associated with or endorsed by The Seasteading Institute. Neither is this blog, which is written in my personal capacity (even though I am one of the Institute’s volunteer ambassadors). Seasteading is frequently mischaracterized as being synonymous with “floating libertarian utopias”. In fact, seasteading is a broader philosophy that aims to increase competition and innovation within the global government industry. The VoluntShip would be focused on the more immediate goal of giving like-minded individuals the opportunity to live, work and interact in a very liberty-oriented environment.
P.S. I chose the word ‘VoluntShip’ partly because I think it sounds cool, and partly because a Google search indicated that it was completely new (at least on the Internet). Any worthwhile suggestions for a better name are welcome.