August 6, 2009 – Patri Friedman

August 6, 2009

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events

And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

Patri Friedman
Executive Director, The Seasteading Institute

Seasteading
How homesteading the High Seas Will Reform Government

Patri Friedman is the Executive Director of The Seasteading Institute.

Its mission: To further the establishment and growth of permanent, autonomous ocean communities, enabling innovation with new political and social systems.

“Feeling apathetic about politics? We’re here to give you hope. Building new cities on the ocean may sound like a strange way to make government work better, but we at The Seasteading Institute are convinced it is our best shot. Learn why, how we are working to make it happen, and how you can help.”

Brian Doherty wrote about seasteading in the July issue of Reason:

“Ideas evolve quickly along the Friedman family tree. The late Milton Friedman, an economist at the University of Chicago, was one of the 20th century’s most respected and influential advocates for classical liberalism. In scholarly books and popular articles he argued that if we want the greatest possible wealth and freedom, government should be restricted pretty much to cops and courts. It shouldn’t be in the business of manipulating or dictating our choices, whether they involve education, the economy, or joining the military.

“Milton’s son David took this attitude a step farther in several books on political philosophy and economics. Given the manifest inefficiencies of government, David argued, the healthiest and most efficient social and economic system requires no state at all.

“Now David’s son Patri has taken the family tradition one step beyond. Inspired by his dad’s classic 1973 book The Machinery of Freedom, Patri Friedman has concluded that society’s design flaw goes deeper than just government itself.

“Think of the state as a business — but one with enormously high barriers to entry and enormously high exit costs. As it would in the business world, this set-up breeds sclerosis, inefficiency, and the tendency to treat customers like dirt….

  • We gather at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month and begin our organized meeting around 7:30.
  • The featured speaker is normally introduced at about 8. The meeting continues until about 10.
  • Please note: Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Invited speakers give a short presentation, and then are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense, but polite.

Location:
General Society Library (now with air-conditioning!)
20 West 44th St.
Between 5th & 6th avenues, near Grand Central Terminal

Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 to Grand Central – 42nd St.,
B, D, F, V to 42nd St. – Sixth Ave., or
1, 2, 3, 9, N, Q, R, S, or W to Times Square – 42nd St.

Admission is free, and no reservation is necessary.

Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism — the philosophy of Ayn Rand — and investing.

Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer, publisher (with Laurel Kenner) of Daily Speculations.

 

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