In the past I have fallen into the habit of talking about the problems society faces, mostly from coercive government. These are real problems of which most of us are aware, and there is copious discussion on these topics in older posts on this blog. But at some point, we need to stop identifying the problems with society, and start formulating solutions.
That is exactly what happened, and what will continue to happen, with the Startup Society Summit. The first of its name was held in Portsmouth New Hampshire at a wonderfully cozy venue called the Praxeum. I have been volunteering with the host organization ICHA for almost a year now, and had the opportunity to speak at the first Startup Societies Summit. Another summit is planned for later this year.
Check out other talks on the Startup Societies youtube page, like Joe Quirk of the Seasteading Institute, and Jason Sorens who came up with the idea for the Free State Project over a decade ago.
Why do I think Startup Societies are the future? Because they have worked in the past to save civilization from total collapse. After Rome, feudalism was not ideal, but it was better than living in the wilderness, and eventually gave rise to the Renaissance through competing micro-states. When China started special economic zones within the last few decades to boost the economy, the standard of living rose rapidly, and now Honduras is following suit.
When 13 American Startup Societies seceded from England, they began by competing with each other for the best government, though that was eventually foiled by the macro-state which was too centralized from the beginning to allow proper competition for long.
Startup Societies are not only the moral option for solving problems through secession, but they are the best option to raise the standard of living to unprecedented heights, prevent the decline and collapse of current civilization, and usher in the modern renaissance!
ICHA and the Startup Society Summits will definitely be something you want to follow. The aim of ICHA is to help grow startup societies or “geolibres” around the world by fostering education and communication about what has worked and failed in previous attempts to start micro-societies. This was the first summit to bring leaders, members, and those interested in startup societies together to learn and network, but it won’t be the last.
And if all goes well we will see new systems of governance (not government) compete with the state so that each individual is free to choose the society in which he or she wishes to live, work, and belong. Freedom is the future. We are at a turning point and must seize this opportunity to thrust society forward.