China Mieville, best known for his astonishingly creative steampunk novel Perdido Street Station, has worked himself into a fine froth over a libertarian plan to build a giant ship-country. Mieville says:
It is a small schadenfreude to know that these dreams will never come true. There are dangerous enemies, and then there are jokes of history. The libertarian seasteaders are a joke. The pitiful, incoherent and cowardly utopia they pine for is a spoilt child’s autarky, an imperialism of outsourcing, a very petty fascism played as maritime farce: Pinochet of Penzance.
Now, I am no libertarian (growing up in New Hampshire squashed that right in the bud), but it is rather deliciously ironic that neither Mieville’s essay nor the Author Bio section mentions Mieville’s own book The Scar, which revolves around its own quasi-libertarian floating utopia.