Mark Gullick

Mark Gullick

 

“Buy land,” Mark Twain famously advised. “They’ve stopped making it.” A century after Twain’s death, according to an organisation called the Seasteading Institute (SI), production is resumed.

“Seasteading” is a 30-year-old portmanteau word combining homesteading with the unused resource provided by the oceans: the building of small offshore cities planned outside the jurisdiction of any nation state. The idea originated with Ken Neumeyer in his 1981 book, Sailing the Farm, and SI intends to bring the phrase to life by the end of this decade.

The government’s hypocrisy over “green issues” is forcing those living on our waterways out of their homes