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Initial stocktake of private cities

To my mind, a city can be called a private city when it meets the following conditions:

  • it is “owned” by a private company or a consortium of companies on perpetual lease from the main territory in which it is located.
  • the city’s territory is ultimately owned by the territorial government. Allocating this land to the city on lease does not involve forcible acquisition of land from existing private residents. If any private residents already live there, their land is purchased by the private city. In any event, no coercion is used.
  • security of territory is assured by the territorial government
  • the lease agreement contains a commercial quid pro quo, e.g. a share of “revenues” raised by the private city.
  • all other institutions of the are designed privately, not imposed by the territorial government.

As far as I can see, there is no private city in the world today. Jamshedpur perhaps started off as a private city but I’ve not had time to investigate. In any event, it is not a private city today.

Here is a stocktake of some related efforts. I’ve not had time to study/list all of them, so this will remain a placeholder post.

Lavasa

Greater Springfield, Ipswich (Brisbane)

Charter cities

  • the concept explained by Paul Romer

Seasteading [website]

  • a talk by Joe Quirk

The key idea behind seasteading is that governments will not permit private cities on land, so the cities must be started in the sea.

LEAP-zones (e.g. in Honduras)

LEAP Zones: Faster growth with less conflict -by Michael Klein July 12, 2013

There Are No Peasants Here: Honduras’ brave new economic experiment is buoying an era of development by kicking poor farmers off their land. BY LAUREN CARASIKOCTOBER 23, 2015

The Blank Slate State

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Radical Greenies are not just destroying amenity, they are KILLING thousands of people.

This is an article that everyone must read. “100 Nobel Laureates Demand that Greenpeace Stops Killing Poor Children: The scientists denounce Greenpeace’s opposition to modern crop biotechnology as a “crime against humanity””

People like them have killed millions from avoidable malaria. Now they’re preventing thousands of cases of preventable blindless. My FB comments:

RADICAL GREENIES ARE KILLERS. OUTRIGHT KILLERS – of humans. And no ethical person can associate with them.

I agree that “Greenpeace and other anti-biotech activists such as Naomi Klein and Vandana Shiva have long surpassed that threshold” [of being declared as perpetrators of a major crime against humanity].

Btw, in India, politicians like Arvind Kejriwal are at the forefront of this crime against humanity (see my blog post here).

I’ve written a lot on this issue. Just a few posts, below. But first read this book: Eco-Imperialism by Peter Driessen (on Kindle).

Will the fool Vandana Shiva now apologise for grievous harm she has caused India?

Communist strategies of propaganda – now used by eco-imperialists

Genetically modified crops are AS GOOD AS NORMAL CROPS

“GMO Myths and Truths” bogus analysis masquerading as science

The argument that the Seralini paper was retracted due to Monsanto’s influence is not proven

Organic farming: a rip-off

Organic farming: a rip-off #2

Greenies have systematically destroyed the quality of life in the West in an insane attempt to impose their delusions on everyone

George Monbiot – an extreme greenie leftist with a long history of lies and other distortions. One more example.

Oil is “infinite” and here’s why (because soon no one will want it).

Is there enough meat for everyone? YES. And don’t fuss about “environmental” impacts and such bogus red herrings.

Donna Laframbroise puts the final nail in IPCC’s coffin

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto

A preview of one of the world’s greatest books: Julian Simon’s The Ultimate Resource

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Greenpeace Is More Dishonest And Dangerous Than The Mafia

 

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Greenies have systematically destroyed the quality of life in the West in an insane attempt to impose their delusions on everyone

Greenies have become the most intrusive sub-species of man, intent on imposing their distorted worldview on everyone.

These freaks are systematically destroying amenity and quality of life in the West and putting to severe risk human health. That they are destroying all vestige of liberty in the process is a separate issue.

These “experts” have destroyed water systems across the west already. Toilet flushes store so little water they’ve stopped cleaning. Showers provide so little water you don’t get the sense you’ve bathed. Showers at public swimming pools switch off automatically in a few seconds, so you can’t even clean yourself. And now toasters that won’t toast. These people have gone berserk.

The “common people” have been bamboozled. These laws are made with a 2-3 year window. The people don’t know about it and all of a sudden the stuff has changed in the market.

One fine day when I went to get incandescent bulbs, there were no more bulbs in the market. And yet, it is these bulbs that are best suited to the human eye. Today I have to use a bright halogen lamp in my room to compensate for low light from LED. And on the other side are those bright LED lights in cars which send a piercing beam into the eye at night. It is intolerable that well-functioning incandescent bulbs were forced off the market by these loonies. Now you can’t get proper light at home and you get a fierce beam of bright light into your eyes at night.

The agenda and approach of the greenies is not market driven at all – and it has NOTHING to do with the environment. It is always based on bogus cost-benefit analyses, with the benefits grossly exaggerated and the costs not even properly identified.

These “experts” don’t trust the market at all, although people will naturally pay for greater energy or water efficiency – so long as there is no loss of function. The market solution would be acceptable, but these experts are “rushing” things and in that process destroying basic amenity and quality of life in the West.

Toilets across the West have started stinking. Water is choked and one can’t even wash one’s hands. A total disaster imposed on society by crazy lunatic greenies.

The West has turned into a stinking Third World, and I’m sure people’s health will soon be adversely affected as they can’t even wash their hands with high-restriction taps.

I’m quite sick of constant meddling by “smart-alecks” into the daily lives of the people in every possible way – that too on entirely spurious grounds.

The world needs to fight back against these bureaucracies which have entangled politicians in their grip. There seems to be no one left to block paternalistic interventions by governments.

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Liberty is being slowly boiled alive through cost-benefit analyses

The forces for liberty within the bowels of Western governments have become anaemic. The forces of group think are easily able to overwhelm liberal forces. If you are looking for justifications for extraordinary government interventions of grounds of climate change, obesity, shadows, sunlight and the wind, be prepared to be disappointed.

Bureaucrats and Ministers sanctimoniously “look after” our “welfare”, e.g. whether any shadow has crossed our path, whether we are eating the right number of calories. It is considered impolite to question their motives or even ask for evidence existence of the problem.

I can understand that they have no deontological commitment to liberty. But they should at least know that even utilitarians only justify attacking liberty where there is overwhelming proof of a net social benefit.

The cost benefit analysis has become a tool to kill liberty. The underlying method is to dramatically inflate the benefits. In real life, people have often voted with their feet **against** certain additional costs. Some CBAs also show that private benefits of a proposed government regulation are higher than private costs! One wonder why people are not investing such costs on their own. How can such failures of self-interest be justified?

A range of “willingness to pay” methods are generally applied but the result is remarkably uni-directional: that benefits of destroying liberty are huge. For some reason, the whimsy of bureaucrats and Ministers seems to ALWAYS translate into net benefit for society!

Liberty is attacked through a thousand small cuts by these CBAs. Liberty is slowly being boiled alive. It is almost as if a presumption now exists **in favour** of government intervention, instead of a presumption **against** intervention. There are now too many regulations and regulators.

Hayek looked at this issue and came to the view that a dogmatic defence of liberty is needed in the field of public policy, else the utilitarians will overwhelm liberty.

Two things are urgently needed:

a) a presumption against intervention, based on a dogmatic defence of liberty; and

b) honesty in cost-benefit analyses.

I had included a strong defence of liberty in the policy framework designed for the the SKC Federation (http://sonekichidiya.in/publications/policy-framework/). I think I need to shift liberty to the very first step.

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The biggest “daddy” of them all: climate change, where the idea of assessing benefits is entirely foreign to policy makers, and where only costs (that too, grossly exaggerated) are on offer. [my comment on Cafe Hayek]

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we also need to work hard on the methods of evaluating benefits. I’m truly disappointed at these methods and approaches. Since market valuation is not available, all kinds of proxies are used – and these can very seriously overestimate benefits. [my FB comment]

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Donald Boudreaux has an excellent piece on CBAs.

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Mohammed’s ideas have killed more innocents than anyone else’s ideas. (He is closely followed by Marx.)

A review of current events and history confirms that Mohammed’s work (Quran/ hadiths, etc.) has killed more people than anyone else’s work in human history. He is closely followed by Marx. Both Islam and communism are terrorist regimes: both deny liberty and democracy.

Compare these death cults with the USA. Since 1776, the USA is totally committed to liberty. No matter how badly its higher education system is invaded by anti-liberty lefties (e.g. see this article), its Constitution protects its citizens from the government’s whims and fancies. Hence for 250 years, the US has nurtured and sheltered all human progress. Every persecuted person in the world has fled to the USA for succour.

Not so with Islamic nations like Saudi Arabia. In these nations, Sharia law rules. There are absolutely no liberties. These are fundamentally terrorist nations.  These have produced NOTHING worthwhile for humanity for hundreds of years.

I wouldn’t normally club together a religion along with a social ideology (communism), but the more I see of Islam, the more I’m convinced that it is fundamentally incompatible with liberty and truth.

It must go. It can’t be reformed. I think people need to spend time to understand this religion better.

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